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With only 20 euros each month it's possible to feed just one family.

Dutch bank account: 5641822 (IBAN: NL49INGB0005641822) to Asia Care Foundation

Contact information

Mailing address:
De Hennepe 212
4003 AK Tiel
The Netherlands (Europe)
e-mail: info@asiacarefoundation.org

Bob van Rijn:
Gijsbertus Hendrikus van Rijn
P.O. Box 144
Hua Hin Prachuap Kirikhan 77110
Thailand
e-mail: bob@asiacarefoundation.org

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Travel Reports

Jan and Janny

For seven years in a row Jan and Janny visited Bob. Directly below is the travelogue of 2017 and 2018. Further down you can read their story of the year before.

Travel reports 2017 and 2018

travel report 2017 and 2018 (translated)

Travel report 2016

travel report 2016 (Dutch language)

Travel report 2015

Once again we have been in Thailand for seven weeks. We visited the refugees of the Karen tribe in Pala U.

We collected money for the project of Bob: The collection at our birthdays yielded an amount of money. Besides we had the contents of the charity kitty of the cafe of our daughter in law. Furthermore we received several gifts. Thanks to all who contributed to this, also on behalf of Bob!!!!!

In Thailand we bought candies, cookies and cans of fish. The remaining of the amount was given to Bob. He uses it for the food project, diapers for two disabled children and medicine for one of those children. Currently Bob provides 22 families with food. He delivers this at the Bible school.

The reunion with the people of the Bible school and the families is cordial. It is unfortunate that we can not understand the families, but using sign language helps a lot. It is nice that they knew us from previous times, it feels good.

The family of grandmother with her disabled granddaughter (18 years) is worrisome. Grandma can not match the care for her. Unfortunately the mother of the other family we visit is not at home. We only meet the father with the youngest child and the disabled daughter, lying in her hammock.

Bob brought a bucket filled with all kinds of products to the families and staff of the Bible school, as Christmas gift. This was appreciated very much.

For twho times we have been to two slums to bring food with a group of people from the church in Hua Hin. So we fully realize how fortunate we are here in the Netherlands.

Jan and Janny

Trave report 2013

This year Jan and I have been back for four weeks to Thailand. Together with Bob we visited the Karen Refugees in Pala - U. We would go to the two families we also visited last year. We are allowed to take pictures to show at home and to those who have donated money.

We decided that we do not want gifts anymore on our birthdays, and if people still want to give something, then we would like to receive gift for the project. This resulted in a nice amount of money. From the parents in law of one of our children we also received the contents of the charity pot of their cafeteria. From the talk group of the church we also received the contents of their 'pot'. In this way we could surprise Bob with a nice amount and we bought extra things in terms of food and toys for the children.

At the hotel we spoke with a Dutch couple about Bob's work and we mentioned that we would join him with a visit. They were very interested and joined us. It is a snowball effect.

We arrived at the family, a grandmother with severely disabled granddaughter, Nong Ai. Grandmother told us that the girl is ill. She felt very warm and we gave her a nice teddy bear which she directly pressed against herself. Grandmother was busy to wind yarn. If she made a tangle she started weaving bags.

Nong Ai

Then we drove to the Bible school where Bob always delivers food. There was a German doctor who treats the sick and provides medication. This guy comes every year and does this work entirely disinterested. Very special to see this. Bob picked up Nong Ai. She was examined and given medicines. We also visited the other family and gave them extra food and toys. Both families now get diapers for disabled children.

Nong Ai

We wish Bob God's blessing on his special work. Warm regards,

Jan and Janny

June 8th, 2012

We, Janny and Jan, have visited Hua Hin in January 2012. It was the second time we were in Hua Hin and we were looking for a church service. We found that there is a service in the Hilton Hotel weekly at Sundays at ten o'clock. We didn't know this before.

During a service we met Bob van Rijn. His story impressed us deeply. We travelled with Bob to Pala - U to visit his project. It was hartbreaking to see how these poor families live in dependence of other people. We also directed some of our friends to Bob when they were in Hua Hin. They also visited Pala - U. We support the project of Bob, but this is not sufficient.

We want to generate more attention to this good work. In a talkgroup of our Protestant church we told the story of Bob. Spontaneously one decided to allocate a part of the charity money to this project. This part is already transferred. Moreover, our parish committee decided to transfer money monthly.

God bless, kind regards,

Jan and Janny

Carola and Dinant

Last autumn Carola and Dinant visited Bob. They recorded their experiences in the travel report that you can read below.

October 26th, 2011

I promised to write a report about our visit to the refugees in Pala - U. Firstly, let me give you some brief information about Bob's foundation. This foundation is committed to people in Asia who live in poor conditions. Bob has been sent out from his church in Tiel for practical assistance in Thailand, including assistance of the Burmese tribe 'Karen' in central Thailand. These people have fled their country because of the military regime.

We got to know Bob via Dinant's mother, who visited Bob last year together with Ylfva, Dinant's sister. We spent the first and the last few days of our vacation with Bob. He told us about his foundation: Dinant and I really wanted to see this with our own eyes. On Monday October 17th we went there.

We had to start with shopping. Usually, from the money that is given to the foundation (far too few!) Bob buys food on the market every month: rice, shrimp paste, salt and oil. This food is delivered to the Bible school in Pala - U and the people there ensure a fair distribution among the refugees who need this so desperately.

From Hua Hin, where Bob lives, we drove about 60 km away to Pala - U. A sign appeared on the way which warned us of wild elephants. Bob said that they usually come out when twilight falls and that we had the chance to encounter one on the way back. We were lucky! Halfway there was a huge elephant waiting for us on the side of the road! In broad daylight! Quickly I jumped with my camera to the back of the pickup, on top of the bags of rice and we turned the car. We stopped near the elephant ... Wow! What a moment, what an experience! Quietly I took one picture after another and when the elephant started to cross the road I started recording. Suddenly he turned his body to the car, looked at me and came right over us ... When the huge animal was about ten meters away Bob quickly took the car into gear and drove away ... Pff ... That was extremely exciting! Unforgettable!

Olifant

We continued our way and finally arrived at the Bible school. This school is led by a few families from the Karen tribe. Here we unloaded the food and had magnificent views of the pineapple fields and rubber trees. We were shown some of the houses where students of the school live and after that we visited two families.

When we arrived at the first family we came into a completely empty room with only a hammock in the middle. As we got closer we were shocked terribly. There was a girl, about 13 years old, if I'm not mistaken. So small. So thin. Skin and bones. And spastic ... She was very curious about all those strange noises and trying to see us so we sat down beside her. Her wrists were so thin as your thumb, so fragile, we hardly dared to touch her. Her parents were not at home at this time so we first went to another family (I'll write about them next). When we came back later, the girl sat at her mother's lap. Her father, brother and little sister were sitting next to them. Her father stepped on a landmine in Burma in 2005 and got completely blind by that accident. He also lost one of his arms. Can you imagine that your husband is in such a bad condition, you have three children (of which one is spastic) and you still have to make money ... How do you keep that up? You would realize that this family is very grateful for the food they receive from Bob's foundation. We brought Thai sweets for the children (dried seaweed) and they ate it very quickly!

gezin

The other family consisted of a grandmother and a granddaughter. This girl was 16 years old and extremely spastic. Her mother died a few years ago and her father did not want to care for her; he had ran away with another woman. The Grandma invited us to sit next to her. We had quite a bit tense, one feels a bit like an intruder. Politely I sat down beside her. The girl was covered with ants and from my own experience I know that they can bite so that it itches annoyingly. We saw that she was bothered by it. We were shocked by the sounds they made, very strong. The smell was horrible, I felt sick. The grandmother told later that the girl only gets two diapers a day, a morning and an evening. They cannot afford more diapers... When I grabbed the hand of the girl and began caressing it, her arm relaxed but as soon as I stopped, her arm shot into an impossible position again. That was a special moment ... These people receive food from Bob's foundation, like many others, mainly widows and orphans.

After that it was time to go. We were silent and heavily impressed. On the way back we ate in a restaurant along the road and we saw another elephant. It's special to experience that when you drive through the dark jungle your headlights suddenly illuminate a huge elephant.

Dinant and I are thinking about how we can help Bob's foundation because a lot more money is needed than what is coming in currently. If we would have thousand people each transferring one Euro montly, it would be a huge profit! We'll brainstorm about it, all ideas are welcome, in order to give these refugees a more human live after everything they have endured already...

Kind regards,

Carola and Dinant