Project Coordinator Aj. Thongin Nuntarat invited VIP guests from America and Australia to inspect progress. Their trip uphill from Chiang Mai to Wae Vak, in Maechaem, Northern Thailand, took over three hours. Roads were slow and slippery in the heavy May rain. At one point passengers piled into the pickup truck bed to provide extra weight to the wheels and added traction.

At the site, visitors found the sustainability demonstration project going very well. So far, with the guidance of the elders, volunteers and villagers have built and filled tanks for fish and frogs. along with with a new vegetable garden. This is boosting protein in the diet of children and families. The fish are still too small to harvest, but the first crop of frogs is a delicious memory. In consultation with the fisheries department at Maejo University, volunteers are exploring ways to increase frog reproduction and speed fish growth.

The visitors saw the tanks teeming with young tilapia.  They looked over the completed dormitory and annex addition for mountain children who stay at the school all week.  Deep in the forest, they inspected the little dam volunteers recently built in advance of the rainy season. It's an experiment to see if a permanent pond can be created for food fish.

Like most visitors to Maechaem, the guests were impressed with how much can be done when there's a little bit of money, some donated  materials, and a lot of love.
 If you'd like to visit Mae Vak yourself, or help out with money or donated materials, please contact Ajarn Thongin Nuntarat at