Catherine Ruth Riley-Bryan is 66 and has lived in Thailand for the past two decades, 17 years in the remote hill tribe area of Bongti, Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
Catherine runs an orphanage called Bamboo School, a refuge for children from both sides of the Thai/Myanmar border. Their project focus is Eco-life, creating a worthwhile lifestyle for handicapped abandoned kids, recycling them into citizens of the future. Their environmental philosophy is all around giving back to the land, air and water of our world. "I teach conservation, recycling, reuse, restoration of the quality of soil, air and water." The orphanage is self sustainable "We grow and farm our own food, create our own herbal medicines, and compost our waste for fertiliser to go back into the land."
Catherine, we are strong believers that we must improve the land around us for future generations and you sound like you are doing just that. You are helping youth understand how to care for the earth and for that people working in the primary industries are grateful.