Posted by Jerry Nelson on Dec 06, 2019

Introduction for New Readers:

The Mae Tao Clinic with its Child Protection Department and Child Development Center is the oldest project of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club. Those interested in the history are invited to read past bulletins and the running story on our website. Also, please visit Mae Tao Clinic’s website 

November was a time for planning

On the 21st of November, we had a brainstorming lunch in Chiang Mai for those interested in supporting the Mae Tao Clinic. People who care about the clinic, not just Rotarians, gathered to discuss possible ways we could better support the Mae Tao Clinic. Knowing that the Mae Tao Clinic’s needs are constantly changing and that often their donors earmark money for particular departments or projects, CMIRC always consults with MTC prior to making any commitment.

On 27 November we met with MTC staff to discuss our ideas, most of which were accepted. Highlights include:

  • We will continue to conduct awareness tours.
  • Depending on demand, some awareness tours will be expanded to awareness and cultural exchange tours (the first is described in February Awareness/Exchange Week, below).
  • Acceptable behavior and dress code standards with be provided to all future attendees of our tours.
  • CMIRC & MTC will continue to explore Rotary Global Grant opportunities. Current thinking is for a Global Grant focused on training conducted by the Child Protection Department emphasizing safety from human trafficking and other forms of abuse.
  • We will help MTC find commercial sponsors.
  • We would like to set up a scholarship fund for CDC graduates.
  • We plan one Fundraising Event, the proceeds of which would be dedicated to operational expenses not normally eligible for Rotary Global Grants such as Teacher Stipends
  • We will continue to support MTC fundraising efforts. See 30 Years ++ below
  • And, we will encourage our fellow Rotarians and other friends to participate in Facebook and other multi-media efforts to support MTC.

Gentle Reader: DO NOT BE AFRAID! While this is indeed a tall order, it is doable. All I ask is for support the of the MTC in the way(s) which make sense to you! Together we can make a real difference in the lives of the children supported by MTC!

Happy New Year: The next tour is scheduled to leave Chiang Mai on 1 January 2020. We set this date to be able to accommodate a group of Rotarians from the Netherlands. The van to and from Mae Sot is fully booked. However, Rotarians and others are welcome to meet us in Mae Sot. Please let me know so I can make reservations and other plans.

February Awareness/Exchange Week: We will combine our customary tour with an English Language Cultural Exchange with the 11th grade, 12th grade and Pre-GED students at the MTC Child Development Center. The tentative schedule is:

  • Monday, 10 February: Travel to Mae Sot
  • Tuesday, 11 February morning: Tour Old Campus of MTC and Child Development Center
  • Tuesday, 11 February afternoon: English Language Cultural Language Exchange at CDC
  • Wednesday, 12 February morning: Tour New Campus of MTC
  • Wednesday, 12 February afternoon: English Language Cultural Language Exchange at CDC
  • Thursday, 13 February morning: Visit other learning centers and/or Global Alms
  • Thursday, 13 February afternoon: English Language Cultural Exchange at CDC
  • Friday, 14 February: Visit other organizations?
  • Friday, 14 February: Return to starting point (Chiang Mai or other location).

Please let me know as soon as possible if you wish to participate, and please send specific questions as soon as possible. The staff of CDC will be re-arranging their schedules to accommodate the English Language Cultural Exchange.

30 Years ++ The MTC 30TH Anniversary book is now available for a nominal donation of only 800 THB. (cover shown, left) A preview is available at I will take pre-paid orders in Chiang Mai and deliver them 4 January when I return from the next tour.

The Mae Tao Clinic supports Burmese migrants and citizens through health care, training, child protection and education. Everyone is invited and encouraged to support this marvelous organization!