The Maepon center reopens its doors
16/07/2020 - News
After the Holy Family Catholic Center, also the Center in Maepon (In the district of Chiang Mai) in Thailand opened its doors to welcome children and young people for the start of the new school year, postponed for more than a month due to the health emergency that also affected the country.
The Center, born in 1955, for the training of young people from the Karen ethnic group from the surrounding mountain villages, greeted 25 new students for a total of 107 students, between the ages of 6 and 23.
To welcome them the young fathers David Pitak, John Bosco.
Almost all of them come from mountain villages, the closest to the center is 10 kilometers away.
The school year began on July 1st.
Over the years, the Center has become a basic school, a professional start-up school (typical weaving of the Carian population, cutting and sewing and agriculture), a training school for catechists (this year 15).
The Center welcomes many young people from the mountain villages who found the ideal place for their life education and professional training.
The Center manages itself: young people stay in various dormitories, do laundry, cook, look, they look after animals: pigs, goats, chickens…
Maepon: a location located in an enviable position, at the mouth of a valley that leads to the highest mountain in Thailand “Doi Intanon” an hour and a half west of the capital Chiang Mai.
Today it is home to the Hilltribe Children Center, realised in 1955 by the missionary fathers Joseph Séguinotte and Severino Fognini for the training of young people from the mountain villages in the surrounding area.
The Karens are the most numerous ethnic group among the Thai mountain minorities; originally from Mongolia, they live mostly (three million) in Burma and in Thailand are about 300,000 in Thailand.