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Karen refugee settlement in Thailand, near the border with Myanmar.

Concrete pathways keep the mud and dust down in the camps but the buildings are made of local jungle materials.  Many people have lived in these camps for twenty five years.

ADRA helps people living in the camp by teaching income generating skills such as cooking.

Hairdressing is one of the skills training programs that ADRA teaches in the refugee camp.

A hair salon established in the settlement by one of the ADRA graduates.

Tailoring and dressmaking are taught by ADRA in the refugee settlement.

Mechanics and small engine repair skills help young men eventually start their own small business.

Woman with diabetes in Thailand who ADRA has recently helped gain Thai citizenship.  Her citizenship will help her gain access to medical services and a pension.

One of the many girls who have been saved through ADRA’s Keep Girls Safe project in Thailand.

One of the many ways to get around the city of Bangkok is by Tuk Tuk.

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Meet the People of Today’s Podcast

Michael Kirkby is the Design and Communications Coordinator for ADRA Canada. He is responsible for creating many of the visuals that ADRA Canada uses at events and in publications across Canada. As a graduate of the International Studies program at Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Alberta, Michael is now happy to use his degree at ADRA. Before taking this position with ADRA in 2014, Michael honed his organizational skills at an asset management firm in Toronto. Michael enjoys visiting our projects in the field and always returns with many photographs, video footage and stories of his adventures.

After working full time at ADRA Canada for four years, presenting in churches and schools across Canada and visiting projects abroad, Heather has shifted gears. A new mom of a very active one-year-old, she now works part-time as our Publications Coordinator. Heather has always loved writing for ADRA and she is thrilled to be responsible for much of our writing needs in the Supporter Relations Department.  She now takes on the role of host of the ADRA Insider Video Podcast!

Born and raised in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sonja knows the joys and struggles of growing up in a developing country. Because of this she has a passion for sustainable development and equal access to development opportunities for all. She came to Canada and graduated with a B.A. in International Development Studies from Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia.

During her time at Saint Mary’s she worked at its Annual Giving Centre. She knows how important it is for any organization to create and maintain healthy relationships with its supporters and enjoys talking to them when they call.

When asked how she feels about working at ADRA Canada she says, “I love the fact that I am part of an organization whose goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus and assist those in need.”

Outside of work, she is a fan of everything South Korean which includes watching South Korean dramas and listening to K-pop. Her favourite quote is: ‘Give a man a fish and he will thank you for today; Teach a man to fish and he will thank you forever.’

Kayla Casey is the social media and website coordinator for ADRA Canada. Kayla is a recent graduate of Andrews University and is actively engaged in keeping our friends and supporters up to date on what we are doing here at ADRA Canada. She is a big fan of podcasts and has helped bring the ADRA Canada Podcast into fruition.