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Steve Rutledge, Ontario friends Kate Mills, Sammy Minc and I have just come back from our visit to this village. Getting to Hat Kham involes a three hour journey on winding mountain roads to the Nam Ou river docks at Nong Khiaw. Then, it's an hour and a half journey by boat north to the small village of Hat Kham.
We were invited to the village chief's house to meet with all the village elders where Steve introduced us and discussed future school-building, water and hygienic toilet projects.
|Inside Village Chief's House with Elders|
Then , we were taken to the proposed building site for the school. Nearby, was the village's community hall, where the children are presently attending school. It is an open building - not suitable as a school, and oftentimes the building is used for village council meetings.
Aterwards, there was a chance for some fun and games with the children - as you'll see in the video below!
The children then led us through the village, back to the chief's house, where a fresh fish and other delicacies were cooked up for us. We took part in another Bacci Ceremony - cotten strings accompanied by verbal blessings were attached to our wrists.
There is no end to the kindness villagers express to visitors.