Bob & Fran Act Against Human Trafficking

Meet Bob and Fran: a wonderful couple that has made it their personal mission to help abolish human trafficking from the planet within the next 20 years. They discovered COSA last year when our founder, Mickey Choothesa, gave a speech at Documentary Arts Asia. After the presentation, Mickey invited them to visit us at Baan…

New Program Brings Four New Girls to COSA

We’ve been talking about strengthening relationships quite a bit lately. In July we introduced you to OASIS (Outreach and Special Intel Services), a new outreach initiative that enhances project transparency and leads to more effective teamwork with local law enforcement officials. New alliances with the authorities in neighboring Mae Hong Son Province have enabled exciting…

We’ve Fallen in Love

And no work was done that day[/caption] Shhh … the puppies are sleeping! In September, we welcomed Sow-La (“Sophie”) into our family here at Baan Yuu Suk. Sure, there are armies of dogs that roam streets of Thailand; but Sow-La is different. Her protective and joyful nature warmed our hearts. Volunteers at the time, Christen,…

Girl’s Corner: Wan

Welcome back to Girl’s Corner! We are thrilled to have the privilege to introduce you to one of COSA’s most adorable girls. Meet Wan: an 11-year-old who seamlessly lives up to her nickname, which means “sweet” in Thai. Since she joined our tight-knit family six months ago, Wan has become closest friends with Bow. They…

Forrest Yoga with Inessa

“The best music you can have for yoga is your own breath,” Inessa remarked as she led a Sunday morning yoga session at Baan Yuu Suk. Inessa Dvizova’s yoga class employs the principles of Forrest Yoga and is a weekend highlight for many of our girls. Ana Forrest, an internationally acclaimed yogi and author, developed…

From Mickey’s Desk: Out Trekking

I’ve been spending some time thinking about new ways to engage people with the social issues that affect tremendous numbers of hill tribe communities. Over the past year or two, COSA’s outreach programs have been working to strengthen relationships particularly in the Mae Hong Son region of Northern Thailand. The Salawin River divides Myanmar (Burma)…

Hula Hooping: Beyond Child’s Play

This season, multicolored hula hoops have brightened the walkways of Baan Yuu Suk. Jacquelyn Leonard has positively convinces all of us that this is more than just a fun sport. Hula hooping presents potential for emotional and psychological development. The body stores information and movement is a way to access it. Jacquelyn spent four weeks…

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Today is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, which marks the date of the adoption of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others on December 2nd 1949. Today, 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over…