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Finding Homeless People

Posted in Day-To-Day, Good Causes, Videos by matt on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My friend, Dwight, called me up the Sunday night before last and talked me into wandering around downtown with him. I asked him what we’d be doing, and all I could get out of him was, “Finding homeless people.”

Dwight’s from Atlanta, but he’s been living in Bangkok for about 3 years now. Last year he worked at the same elementary school as me and Cayla, but this year he’s been busy starting a grass-roots charity org called In Search of Sanuk.

His motto is “Dream big, work smart, start local” and he puts it into practice. There’s nothing showy or glamorous about his charity. He hears about homeless people in a particular part of Bangkok, and he goes there to see if there’s anything – any tiny thing – he can do.

Now, selfish Matt is usually a little cautious when Dwight comes looking for company on one of his confangled charity expeditions, but Sunday night was worth it.

Blindly following Dwight.

We visited a big field on the other side of Bangkok where tons of homeless people were sleeping. Many of them have homes in other parts of the country, but had come to Bangkok looking for a way out of poverty and into opportunity. In a sense, they’re living as refugees in their own country. Here’s a picture:

The unfun kind of sleepover.

Dwight made me the unofficial film-guy for the evening. Here’s a little edited short of what we saw:

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  1. Dwight said, on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for documenting this Matt. Don’t worry I will be calling you for another outing!

  2. Andres_Cardozo said, on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Wow! That what you’re showing is pretty sad. I happen to have the luck to live in a town where nothing ever happens, and sometimes many people complain about it because it’s not interesting at all. But this, this makes me think how lucky I am, actually. We don’t see this pretty often in my town, perhaps in other parts of my country (Argentina), mainly in big cities, like Buenos Aires or Cordoba, although maybe the problem does not present such magnitude, because there are actually oportunities.
    I have to congratulate you guys for what you do. Although you may feel you can’t help them all, at least you do these kind of things, showing everybody else how this people live, their suffering. It’s sad that the “touristic part”, as you said, the most attractive part, is the only thing we want to see. But I think that these kind of acts make people become at least aware of what’s happening in the next block. And, of course, try to do something to help them, because now it’s the others, but it could be US being in that place.
    Congratulations guys! I wish I could be there to experience that in person, it’s really touching, it makes you realise how lucky you are in life, and it gives you the opportunity to do something for someone else who’s not you… it feels good to be able to help others.

    • matt said, on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 1:03 am

      Andres, thanks for the comment bro. We had a lot of fun walking around and interviewing people. ¡Fue muy divertido! :D

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