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…

Let’s Stand Together to End Child Slavery

21 million human beings, roughly the population of Australia, and the number of people subjected to slavery in 2014. There are more slaves in the world right now than at any other time in human history. Slavery is at an all-time high with the worst sufferers in this trade being children. It is estimated that…

COSA Day Festivities

On Friday, October 10th we held COSA Day to celebrate the 5th anniversary of opening Baan Yuu Suk as well as COSA founder Mickey Choothesa’s birthday! The morning began with a birthday surprise as the girls and staff surprised Mickey during a morning walk and whisked him away to the local Mae Sa Waterfall. All…

Girls: Thinking Ahead

As we are preparing for our future here at Baan Yuu Suk, the oldest girls are also reflecting on their values and planning their next step. In our “Girls: Thinking Ahead” article, we took a moment to sit with some of our oldest girls and ask them about their plans for the future. If anyone…

Looking Forward… Baan Yuu Suk

Some believe the number five to the most dynamic and energetic number, always in motion and constantly in need of change. We are looking forward to a dynamic year at Baan Yuu Suk, full of energetic girls and positive changes. We expect the upcoming year to bring the shelter to its maximum capacity. We are…

COSA in the Works

As COSA’s foundational project, Baan Yuu Suk is a representation of our progress and success as an actor against human trafficking and sexual exploitation among rural hill tribe communities. The strong relations between COSA and our five partner hill tribe villages has allowed our outreach projects, PASS, MOSAIC and OASIS, to impact the lives of…