Water Conservation Project:
A drip irrigation pipe has been installed and soon we will install the rest of the drip irrigation system inside the greenhouse. The pipe goes along the gardens and can be rotated according to the needs of the vegetable plants. Volunteers can help with clearing and maintaining the area and doing gardening.
We have finished installing the 40 x 140 meter greenhouse. We have planted lettuce, string beans, Chinese spinach, carrots, coriander, gourd and pahakanna. This is an ongoing project and there is always gardening and maintenance to be done. Volunteers can raise money to buy additional seeds and tools.
Composting and Gardening:
To support our agricultural project, we want to produce our own organic compost in liquid and dry form. We are also planning to build a composting toilet as part of this project. This will be particularly useful in the dry season when there is limited water. We prefer volunteers who have knowledge about composting to take on this project. However, volunteers who have an interest in this are also welcome.
***Volunteer Required***We are seeking volunteers (long-term 6 months plus preferred, short-term also welcome) with farming or agricultural experience, who can preferably work self-supervised, although those with a strong interest can receive some guidance and supervision. Areas of work would include weeding, watering plants. composting, water conservation, irrigation and the greenhouse. Those interested please complete the application form on the ‘Volunteer’ page!
Second Floor Boy’s House:
We have installed a metal railing around the second floor. We need to paint the walls and plaster the support beams when we have enough volunteers to help. Volunteers are needed to help with painting and plastering.
We are currently renovating our kitchen and dining area. We have just finished painting the c-section frames. Volunteers can assist with constructing a bamboo fence around the area and concrete work. The project will be completed according to the schedule of the volunteers. Fundraising is needed for this project.
We have completed one side of the Twin Towers and have nearly completed the other side. This is a physical project and volunteers can help to make mud bricks, carry the bricks, build the structure and plaster the outside. We started building this play equipment in May, but have stopped due to the rainy season. Work will resume soon now the cool season is nearly here.
The Meditation Centre will be available for everyone at the home (volunteers, children and workers) who want quiet time and a space for mediation. This project needs hardworking, fearless volunteers who aren’t afraid of jungle vegetation and getting dirty. To start, volunteers can clear the area and dig the pond. Later on, they can help with construction of the building. A volunteer with landscaping experience would be useful for this project. Workers have started to build the foundation and structure of the building.
We are in the early stages of planning the Neo Wellness Centre to help those in the local area with lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and anemia. Volunteers can assist with fundraising for the first stage and construction of the foundation and walls. We have made a project proposal – if any volunteers have any ideas where we can submit this proposal please let us know. Please see http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/neo-wellness-centre-in-huay-malai-phase-1/68789 for more information and to make a donation! As part of this project, we have started work on our already established clinic. We have extended it to add a kitchen and a treatment room so we can promote about the wellness centre and start treatments for those in the local community.
Volunteers who have knowledge about how to administer vaccinations (nurses, pharmacists, doctors etc.) can assist with our vaccination program at the Thai-Burma border. Visit the ‘Community Projects and Services’ page for more information. This project runs from November to April.
Eye Care Program:
Please visit the ‘Community Projects and Services’ page for more information.
***Volunteer Required***We are seeking optometrists to assist in our eye care program. We haven’t done this program for more than a year due to lack of volunteers. Those interested please complete the application form on the ‘Volunteer’ page.
Here is an idea of the types of projects volunteers have worked on in the last few months:
- Sorted and organized eye glasses in the clinc and painted the clinic
- Made tables and basic furniture
- Welded the bridge from main house to volunteer house
- Planted vegetables and did gardening/clearing in the greenhouse
- Painted the beams and did welding on the second floor of the boys’ house
- Painted the beams in the kitchen
- Painted the beams of the volunteer house to prevent rust
- Replaced the fence and did gardening at the volunteer house
- Collected broken asphalt to use to ‘pave’ the path from the main home to the volunteer house
- Cleared the land near the volunteer house for future building of the Wellness Centre
- Started planning the Wellness Centre (design, layout, website construction, fundraising, and consultation with an architect and a landscape designer)
- Worked on the Twin Towers (work stopped due to rainy season)
- Re-painted the girl’s house
- Made mud bricks for the Twin Towers (play equipment)
- Plastered the play room