Category Archives: Mae Sot Volunteers

Do No Harm: A Project Manager’s Message to Volunteers

By Dr. Lavinia Allary, Ph.D. Click here for the article in its published format on The Fulcrum, “How Not to Be a Voluntourist”. The Fulcrum is the independent English-language student newspaper at the University of Ottawa. I like to travel and … Continue reading

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January 2016: Suz and Geoff, Part Two

From Suz and Geoff of Aussie Friends of Eyes to Burma Facebook post on January 27, 2016 Aussie Friends. We’ve now left Mae Sot and, although a short visit this time, we’re happy we had the opportunity to see how … Continue reading

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January 2016: From Suz and Geoff

From Suz and Geoff of Aussie Friends of Eyes to Burma Facebook post on January 23, 2016: Today has been a little less hectic. It’s Friday and today is the weekly school ‘casual / sports’ attire day. The kids love … Continue reading

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January 2016: Cassim’s Letter

I am a final year medical student, from the UK, who was volunteering in Mae Sot at the Mae Tao Clinic (providing free healthcare to the migrant population), and I had the pleasure of meeting Fred whilst he was doing … Continue reading

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June 2015: Kara, Part Two

Continued from June 2015: Kara, Part One… One of my most treasured experiences was seeing teens and children make art and teach each other friendship bracelet patterns, painting, drawing, crochet, and more. Donating art materials over the course of the school … Continue reading

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June 2015: Kara, Part One

Kara and her boyfriend Nick are ETB board members from Ashland, Oregon, who have volunteered for ETB from the US since 2012. Kara, accompanied by Nick, recently finished a five-month volunteer work position with ETB in Mae Sot. With a … Continue reading

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April 2015: Suz and Geoff

From Suz and Geoff of Aussie Friends of Eyes to Burma.  April is a pretty hot and humid time of year in Mae Sot and, even though the Thai and Burmese families that live in Mae Sot say it’s hot, … Continue reading

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March 2015: From Kara

Kara is an ETB board member and is currently volunteering in Mae Sot, helping update the ETB website and working with Fred and Saya Joe on education projects. I first learned about Eyes to Burma from a talk Fred gave at … Continue reading

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September 2013: From Caroline

Caroline is a teacher trainer for CfBT Education Trust, working with English teachers in Alexandria, Egypt. For some strange unknown reason I have always been interested in the people who search the garbage for recyclable products to earn a living. … Continue reading

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November 2014: Nigel and Diane from Perth, Australia

Nigel and Diane are visiting Fred and spending several weeks with the community at the dump this month. Nigel is posting updates with photos and videos on ETB’s Facebook page. Like our Facebook page to get the news! From Nigel & … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Fred!

Happy 70th Birthday to Fred on October 31st – – –Fred Stockwell is ETB’s founder who works tirelessly on-the-ground in Mae Sot with the community at the dump. Join us in making $70 donations to ETB on Halloween for Fred’s 70th birthday! Click here to donate online  … Continue reading

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Rock Band at the Dump in December 2013

Many thanks to volunteers Cal and Jack for helping Fred get this news typed up back in February 2014. From Fred: I departed Ashland, Oregon, [October 2013], and returned to the Mae Sot dump. After only a week of being back, … Continue reading

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April 2014: Aussie Friends Part Three

From Suzanne, Megan, and Geoff: Well it’s our final day in Mae Sot and we’re wishing now we had the opportunity to stay longer. The more time we spend here, the more we feel like a part of this community. … Continue reading

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April 2014: Aussie Friends Part Two

More news from Suzanne, Megan and Geoff of Aussie Friends of Eyes to Burma: An afternoon of organised chaos is the best way to describe the flurry of hands, chatter & smiles as the donated clothing was brought out for … Continue reading

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April 2014: Aussie Friends in Mae Sot

The founders of Aussie Friends of ETB, Megan, Suzanne & Geoff, are currently in Mae Sot spending time with Fred and the community we serve. Read their first update below. Like Eyes to Burma on Facebook and also follow our … Continue reading

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February 2014: Cal and Jack from Ashland, Oregon

Cal and Jack Thomas are two Ashland High School graduates who are currently students at the University of Oregon. This past year, the brothers took a year off from their studies to travel around Southeast Asia and other parts of … Continue reading

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Nomad Films’ short doc “Living on Landfill”

In September 2013, Helen Newman of Nomad Films traveled to Mae Sot, Thailand, and met with Eyes to Burma founder Fred Stockwell to film the story of the Burmese refugees who work and live at the Mae Sot Dump. Helen … Continue reading

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April 2013: Megan and Suzanne from Australia

After visiting Mae Sot and meeting Fred and the Eyes to Burma community in 2012, Megan came back to Australia with a new perspective, having been both moved and motivated by what she had experienced.  Her passion to help touched … Continue reading

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March 2013: Team Rubicon with members from around the world

During our layover in Mae Sot we ran into a local philanthropist named Fred Stockwell, a well known local who has taken it upon himself to deliver aid to a local group of Burmese refugees living and surviving in the … Continue reading

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April-May 2012, from Justine Chambers

Eyes to Burma has had an incredibly busy few months in the lead-up to the rainy season. Most houses have been in a shocking state, and in need of much repair if they are to get through the monsoons. Clinic … Continue reading

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