Thursday 16/02/2012

Hello all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So fantastic to be back!!! I have posted a few pictures of my trip for you to enjoy!

What I really want to share with you is my experience in the second week, which was to spend three days with the children at the Baan Tharn Namchai Orphanage in Khao Lak…

The orphanage has been set up as a direct result of Peter Baines personally witnessing the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Peter worked in Thailand as part of the response team following the Tsunami. During his time in Thailand Peter worked with Gill Williams from the UK Police, who introduced him to the needs of a number of Thai children who lost both parents and were living in a tent. Sadly, many had also lost members of their extended families and their homes and villages were destroyed.

Peter wanted to contribute in a more meaningful way to the lives of the many children who had been orphaned by the Tsunami and it was through this belief that with Gill, Hands Across the Water Australia and UK was born.

I didn’t know what to expect, and I never could have imagined how life-changing it was to be with those children. They have experienced unimaginable things, sadness, death, loss, hunger, but the SMILE on their faces and the way they live life to 100% is inspiring and humbling to say the least.

Think of the problems and challenges that are facing you, and think of what these children have had to face and endure, and pretty quickly you realise – you don’t really have that much to worry about.

So as you go about your week this week, be grateful for what you do have. Be smiling and enjoying the life you have right now, and yes of course be working hard to get better results, and push yourself to achieve more – but also remember this quote:

“Every day is a gift, which is why they call it the present” – Alfred Hitchcock

To hear what Peter Baines the founder of Hands across the water has to say check out this video…

To read more about hands across the water click here

Enjoy Your Day!! 🙂

To your success,

Natasha Althoff Signature


p.s. – To read more on how this trip impacted Natasha click here if you are a Your Riding Success member.