The Jon Parker Memorial Fund: Pong Ngen Community Center
By Dan Trevor
- To hold bi-monthly learning sessions on Lahu culture, language and history, open to the public.
- To hold community meetings, elections and celebrations.
- An information center for visiting tourists to learn more about Lahu people, the community, and local attractions. It will also house a donations box for a locally-managed community fund that uses tourism revenues to support community development initiatives.
In the week leading up to the Community Center’s opening, Jonathan’s father, David Parker, along with his partner, Veronika Volovik, traveled to Pong Ngen with Jonathon’s close friend, Rey Jaffet – a talented artist who wanted to paint a lasting mural that would honor both the community and Jonathan’s memory. After meeting with the community, it was decided that the mural should represent the village’s primary source of pride and income – bamboo rafting.
If you are interested in contributing to Jonathan Parker’s legacy, donations are welcome. Tax deductible donations can be made online, the comment section available to note designation to the Jonathan Parker Memorial Fund.