Dealing with lice was something thing to consider at most Thai schools. We started the battle with lice since day one, last May when the girls arrived. We found out that at the government orphanage, the girls had lice off and on for 3 years. We realized that over the counter medicine had not been working and could even be harmful for children with HIVs. My Thai Pastor told us about a local plant called "noi na", a fruit tree with strong smelling leaves. We blended the leaves with hair conditioner to make a natural paste to apply for the girls hair. We had to wrap their hair overnight and rinse out in the morning. Every few months, the girls had to take the lice treatment. Some of our girls took it joyfully while others were definitely less enthusiastic.
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary
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