Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Port Clyde Road/Route 131, will host a benefit sale of handcrafted items to benefit the Child Rights Protection Centre’s shelter for girls in Northern Thailand beginning Wednesday, July 27, and continuing through Aug. 3. The young women’s handmade crafts include rings, scarves and aprons. All proceeds will be given directly to the shelter.

In a small border town in the north of Thailand, there is a shelter for 13 girls who are at risk of human trafficking and other forms of abuse. Most are from ethnic minority “hill tribe” groups in the region, and all of them come from extremely poor families. Many of the girls were abandoned by the parents and left to live with relatives, while other have relatives who are too ill (some are HIV-positive) to find work. At the shelter, these girls are given opportunities they would not otherwise receive — an education, a safe and loving home, food, clothing and other necessities, and a chance to hope for a better future.

Barbara Prey Projects is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 372-8087 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or