Amazing Days in the Jungle with Jungle Aid

Amazing Days in the Jungle with Jungle Aid
Amazing Days in the Jungle with Jungle Aid
Amazing Days in the Jungle with Jungle Aid
Amazing Days in the Jungle with Jungle Aid

It has been one of the greatest and unique experiences I have had since being in Thailand. We all know that there areremote villages that don’t have the very important things to life, but only a few of us haveseen the reality. I had the chance to go on two trips with the Jungle Aid Team. The team is made up of people from all around the world.

The founder Emma is nurse from England, the doctor from Holland, Prabhjeet is anengineer from India, Samuel is an osteopath from France, Gary from England, Paula is a nurse from USA, two Thai students from Webster help with translations, Charlotte is from France, Ashley is a Medical student and a 17 year old girl from UK. These remarkable individuals are just some of the Jungle Aid Team. All these people give their personal time to help people in need, getting in return not money, but love from the people.

The team is not the same everytime, depending on who is available. I didn’t know what to expect so my excitement started a week earlier when I received the email from Emma with the invitation to join them on their next trip! I didn’t want to go emptyhanded so I went to buy some gifts for the young members of the village. I thoughtI would take some sweets and games to play with them. Buying sweets was not such a good idea as the kids don’t have good dental care.

They need more basic things such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. Thankfully Emma told me about what they really need, so I left the candies at my o‘ce and brought something that would be more useful for the kids. In our first trip we visited Palau Noi Village; 2 hours from Hua Hin via a pretty rough road. The village has 200 residents and the small houses are alongside a river in the jungle. Before we entered the village we were stopped so the leader could attend to an emergency case in another village.

A 42 year old lady who had lost her daughter some time ago hadn’t eaten or taken a drink for 10 days; her condition was life threatening. The Jungle Aid Team found that she had hepatitis and needed hospital as soon as soon as possible in order to live. The expenses would be covered by Jungle Aid. The family of the woman thanked the team and showed their appreciation withbig smiles. The Team was then asked to attend a man who couldn’t move his right leg and hand. He was asked, but didn’t know how old he was. The doctor said that it was probably a stroke and the osteopath showed him some exercises to help him move; slowly-slowly. We then jumped into the vehicles, trying not to get lost in the jungle. In the main village we were welcomed by 40 kids Amazing Days in the Jungle with Jungle Aid and all the young mothers waiting in their Church-Community house.

We split into 4 teams; 2 medical, 1 with the engineers and the rest stayed to distribute the food, donations and entertain the kids who were adorable. Young mothers with more than 5 kids each made a line to check their babies’ and their own health.Most of us think that Thai women are older than how they look but here that is reversed. Because of the hard lifestyle, really young women look much older than their age and babies 2 years old look more like a 6 month old baby. The medical team diagnoses and treats them but also try to educate how to prevent future health problems, starting by feeding their babies correctly. When the medical checkup was completed, we had a lunch together,sponsored by Banyan The Resort.

Just leaving we distributed the clothes donated to the BECC and other individual donations. The kids, women and the men of the village were there and very happy to receive these donations. I felt lucky to spent this time with the kids who showed me around their homes. I hope to be able to visit them again soon. The second trip was a little dišerent. We drove 4 hours south of Hua Hin to Bang Saphan which is the most remote village supported. Here there are 11 houses and 54 people on the Thai side of the border with Myanmar.

Jungle Aid has conducted 9 medical visits and treated 126 patients. Mosquito nets have been provided to each house, a local nurse with medicines has been sponsored, 2 rainwater tanks have been supplied, 1500kg of rice has been supplied as emergency food and school supplies in the form of 16 backpacks,200 notebooksand other school supplies have been given to the 16 plus students.

This time we visited a house where 20 kids are living so they can go to school together along with 7 adults, mostly pregnant women. After the medical check, Jungle Aid provided bicycles to the children to attend school, backpacks, additional mosquito nets ,medical apparatus for the local nurse, rice and medicine supplies.

Jungle Aid supports all the accommodation and transportation costs for children to go to school. The people of the village love the Jungle Aid Team members and looks forward to seeing them every time. Jungle Aid team is doing a fantastic job out there. We wish them good luck in their mission to improve the life of those struggling in theirjungle villages. Their action is really an inspiration to show how their world can be better a better place with some help.