From the Land of 10,000 Lakes to the Land of Smiles

We survived our first week of work! 🙂 Thank you to P’Loy, P’Mai, Ploysai, and the rest of the CFG team for making us feel so welcomed!

This year Center For Girls partnered with the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities for the Mary T Scholars Graduate Fellowship Program in a pilot community development internship. This year’s interns include two Hmong-American scholars: myself, Crystal Lee, and my colleague Lisa Thao. We are so excited to work with Center For Girls to continue advancing equality and empowering women and children. Here is a recap of everything that has happened so far since our arrival late last week.

Lahu Village in Rim Khong Subdistrict

June 14: We visited a Lahu village in Songpinong, about 45 minutes away from Chiang Khong city center. Here CFG talked to the women about the process of obtaining Thai nationality cards, as many hill tribe peoples, like the Lahu, are stateless.

Day 1 and 2 of Training

June 20 & 21: Leadership training in Rim Khong subdistrict for Women for Change project funded through Diakonia. This year’s leaders include 20 women from all around the subdistrict. We had a lovely one and a half day training, which included icebreakers, network opportunities, leadership workshops, and gender equity education…and of course, lots of delicious food and treats.

Today CFG got some time to relax in the office after a jam-packed week and a half. Lisa and I have started working on the next project: an online anti-trafficking campaign – stay tuned!

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