Posted by Jerry Nelson on Sep 29, 2019
A Brief Introduction: 
Child Protection Department/Child Development Center at Mae Tao Clinic is the oldest project of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club. Historically we have organized awareness tours and have done fundraising on their behalf.  You may want to read a more detailed story of our long relationship with The Mae Tao Clinic History. (Pictured at right is the Child Recreation Center at the Old Campus.  Very prone to flooding!)
 
First Quarter (Rotary Year) Progress:    
Our plan for Rotary Year 2019-2020 is to:

1. Conduct no less than four tours.  So far, we have completed one: July 25 and 26. The tour was very successful and demonstrated that we should stay two nights in Mae Sot, rather than scheduling three as we have in the past. Firm dates for future tours include October 17 & 18 and January 2 & 3. We have also scheduled tours for March 5 & 6 and June 4 & 5. Details about future tours will be published as the time grows closer.
 
2. Conduct at least one fundraiser. With an original goal of raising 100,000 THB in 100 days, the campaign ended on September 8th and raised 151,525 THB. A workshop on Child Protection will be hosted by Committee for the Protection and Promotion of Child Rights (CPPCR), one of Mae Tao Clinic’s partner organizations on Saturday 30 November 2019. This workshop will be partly funded by Mae Tao Clinic Children’s Protection Department; a gesture that could not have happened without the success of the 100 days campaign. 

Next Trip: The van will leave Chiang Mai the morning of Wednesday October 16th. We will tour Mae Tao Clinic and supported organizations on October 17 & 18, 2019. As of this writing, there are ten people booked; final arrangements are being made. We could accept one or two more on a stand-by basis in case of last-minute cancellations.  CMIRC members will have first choice.  People coming from other locations will meet us in Mae Sot.   
 
A tentative schedule is: 
 
Wednesday 16 October – Travel to Mae Sot and in the evening have dinner at Khao Mao Khao Fang Restaurant

08:00 start picking up passengers in Chiang Mai 
15:30 Arrive at hotel in Mae Sot  
18:30 Rendezvous with tour members coming from other locations and go to dinner

Thursday 17 October – (Times and details are tentative; we need to be flexible).

09:00 Tour Mae Tao Clinic beginning with the Old Campus. We will see CPPCR, Mae Tao Clinic Burma Operations team, and more. 
13:00 Tour Migrant Learning Center or another related project. 
 
Friday 18 October – (Times and details are tentative; we need to be flexible).

09:00 Tour New Campus of Mae Tao Clinic including Child Protection Office and Burma Children’s Fund. We hope to receive briefings from several departments.
12:45 - Briefing and then a tour of the Child Development Center.  
14:00 – 15:30 Depart for home base
 
Forward Planning:  
Increasing Awareness is our priority for Mae Tao Clinic. Both the fundraising campaigns and the tours accomplish those goals. Every tour brings unexpected information. However, it’s time to take a serious look at what can and cannot be accomplished. The planning schedule is: 
 
* Thursday, 21 November 11:30 – 13:30.  Brain Storming Session at Phrasing Village.  We will invite people who have been on a Mae Tao Clinic tour.  The idea will be to come up with different ideas of how CMIRC can support the Mae Tao Clinic, and perhaps how we can involve more CMIRC members in the Mae Tao Clinic project.   
* Thursday, 28 November meet with Mae Tao Clinic Staff and discuss possibilities for Rotary Year 2020-2021
* December 2019 – Write Mae Tao Clinic Project Plan for Rotary Year 2020-2021 and submit to CMIRC for consideration and approval.
 
The Mae Tao Clinic supports Burmese Migrants and citizens through health care, training, child protection. Everyone is invited and encouraged to support this marvelous organization!   
 
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