January brought fresh insight, new volunteers, and an onslaught of media to COSA. We welcomed two media groups who each spent a couple weeks learning about human trafficking in the local Thai context and getting to know us all at Baan Yuu Suk.
BBC – The World
The first group arrived early January. Anne and Josh are film professors at an American university and part-time documentary filmmakers. On this particular trip, they were shooting a short documentary about statelessness and trafficking in northern Thailand for The World, a BBC-sponsored production.
Anne and Josh joined our outreach team to Baan Khun Suay village located in Chiang Rai Province. The drive to this remote corner of northern Thailand is a gruelling four hours over bumpy terrain and dirt roads that are sometimes impossible to cross in the rainy season.
COSA has been working with Baan Khun Suay for more than three years and each visit is an absolute pleasure. Over the years we have conducted community medical clinics to assess and treat health concerns, provided nutritional support for students, donated a truck for 28 high-risk students to travel to and from school, and offered assistance to at-risk and trafficked girls.