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Connection Sightings

Laos

Pima County CASA volunteer Robyn Kessler and her family went to Myanmar, Laos and Thailand in January. Taking a boat up the Nan Ow river in Laos for eight hours, they arrived in a remote village. The next day they trekked to another village shared by Hmong and Karin people. When Kessler showed The Connection to the village spokesman and asked if some children could pose for a photo, he said yes. The children disappeared for about 30 minutes and returned wearing their best traditional Hmong clothes. “I was in awe sitting by the Mekong River, thinking back to the nightly news in the late 60s and 70s, when the very name evoked images of ruthless fighting and danger,” says Kessler. “Today, the river was calm, and the people were serene—using the bomb shells from the B-52 bombers as fences or planters for flowers!”

Hong Kong

Rhonda Stubbs became a CASA volunteer with the Fairfax County CASA, VA, program in 1996 then moved to West Virginia two years later and started A Child’s Place CASA, Ltd., to serve Brooke and Hancock Counties. Taking a break from work, she went to Hong Kong to visit family. She says, “It was fascinating to learn all about the Chinese culture and the exposure to new religions. I love trying new things—something that comes in handy for CASA and travel. Never the same day twice with CASA!” After climbing 268 steps, Stubbs is shown in front of the Tian Tan Buddha, located on Lantau Island. The largest outdoor Buddha in the world, it is 110 feet high and weighs 280 tons.

 


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