At the end of September, Mercy Centre UK Trustee Denise Gray spent a weekend with the young people from The Little Birds group, as well as our good friends Usanee and Moe, along with some of our lovely house Mums and a few of the younger Mercy children.
They had an action packed trip to the beach in Chonburi, staying in a big house on the shore, swimming, eating, playing football, team games and, probably most important, chatting with the friends they grew up with, but don't see as much now that they have moved on from the Mercy Centre.
Teenagers are the same the world over, and it's important for them to be a part of a group, to share their experiences and challenges. And it is especially so for our teens who have to deal with the added challenge of having HIV.
During the weekend they also spent several hours at the Art in 3D centre in Pattaya. Artists have created a building full of realistic paintings on the walls and floors that provide a lot of optical illusions. The youngsters (and adults) loved the photo opportunities they provided. It will be an everlasting memory for everyone.
Then it was back to the Mercy Centre in Bangkok to visit some of their wonderful children, and see how they had grown since last year. It was heart warming to see how healthy and happy they all were in the haven provided by Father Joe.