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Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt


Every now and then go away;

Have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer; since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment…

Go some distance away because the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance,

And a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

I’m off for vacation.  In these very tumultuous times that seems an incredible luxury and privilege.

Thanksgiving: A Time to Link Personal, Civic and Corporate Activism over a year ago included Feeding Knowledge – A Personal Journey Part 1 and the rare opportunity to serendipitously create a connection between a number of communities in Laos and our own SAP Community Network.

In Laos I met with Caitlin Makin, now head of a small sub office of the World Food Programme of Lao.

A short while ago I received the following email from her which I had hoped Caitlin would share directly with the community by blogging.  I imagine she is very far from able to go online with us so I will quote it here:

“Thank you so much for your support for the School Feeding Project in Laos.   We just got the news that SAP has donated funding to us here!  

Since we were last in contact,  I’ve have relocated to Southern Laos to set up the School Feeding Project in Attapeu Province – were enrollment is especially low.  I just got back from visiting our target villages and I’m excited that we can start reaching out to these communities.  

You might be interested in these photographs I took of a school where 14 students are enrolled in Houy Kieng village, Phouvong District, Attapeu.

All the best


Since Anton Wenzelhuemer posted 2009 – More Points for More Food?, I thought I would also reach out to see if I could learn further about sharing the results of the 2008 Points for Food Community initiative, in terms of the recipients.

Caitlin was only able to send me one picture so far.  This one of the “school” in Laos.  We are eagerly waiting to have her blog here and post other pictures.

Today I received further pictures and documentation.  This time from the program in Columbia.


Here are the texts of the cards you can see on my flickr account.

Card 1, inside

THANKS for the foods that have been given to me, they have been very important for my development throughout primary school, a thousand thanks again

School restaurant

Card 2, inside

World Food Programme

Thanks for the delicious foods that you have given to us, they are very tasty, I thank you for the nutritious lentils and drinks, and all the foods that you send to us. Thanks for everything World Food Programme

Card 3, front


Card 3, inside

Thanks for all the foods and school kits. Many thanks and welcome to Francisco Miranda School.

Card 4, front


Card 4, inside

Dear Sirs World Food Programme,

Many thanks for the foods that you send to us; thanks to this we can have a snack at school. And some of the children, who can not eat at home because they are too poor, can eat at school. Many thanks

Farewell for a While

I’ll add my thanks to this generous and amazing community.

Now, on the eve of my travels to Panama, to visit my daughter who is a high school exchange student there, I am thinking how lucky to have received a small acknowledgement to pass on to you the community.  And when I return in another few weeks, hopefully I shall see here more harmony and proportion.

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      Author's profile photo Prateek Raj Srivastava
      Prateek Raj Srivastava
      Thanks Marilyn for sharing this. I could see the help actually reaching to rural parts of India and getting directly in hands of those in need.
      This really makes me proud about being a member of SCN and contributing to it. I hope this may inspire others to contribute more to SCN and in turn to the Food Program.
      I expect some announcement about this year's target soon.

      Best Regards,

      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Blog Post Author
      Well I am in quiet mode as in vacation. So see you all in a few weeks
      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      It is a good to be a part of a community which is having a holistic approach.