We support Thailand’s children and their communities through many projects and homes:
- Baan Tharn Namchai & Baan Nam Khem Community Centre and Tsunami Refuge at Khao Lak
- Home Hug at Yasothon
- Home Hug at Surin
- The New Life Project at Kanchanaburi
- The New Life Project at Chumphon
- PAMA House at Chanthaburi
Baan Tharn Namchai at Khao Lak
In 2004, we initially supported 32 kids who had lost their parents and were living in a tent at Baan Tharn Namchai (BTN) in Phang-Nga, a town on Thailand’s northern Andaman coast. The kids were left without food, shelter or support. Hands, along with a number of equally committed supporters pooled their resources to build the first orphanage at Baan Tharn Namchai. Our director, Rotjana Phraesrithong, led the home. Baan Tharn Namchai, the first home, was opened in August 2006. We added a girls-only building in January 2009.
Today, Baan Tharn Namchai is home to over 100 children. As the older kids move out of BTN, other children quickly take their place.
In the late 1980s as the AIDS epidemic swept through at-risk Thai communities, Khun Thiew witnessed the impact on the children. There were those who were left orphaned as their parents died and children who were born with HIV and were abandoned. Khun Thiew quickly moved to provide a home for the children to meet their medical needs and to provide and environment free from discrimination. Support for Khun Thiew has fluctuated over the years and at times she was left without the resources to meet the children’s most basic needs. She often witnessed children dying on a weekly basis. On one day alone she buried three children who had succumbed to illness.
After learning about Home Hug in March 2010, the Hands Board agreed that it would be wrong to allow the children to continue to struggle. The Board had provided food and medicine to Home Hug ever since. Not one child has died at Home Hug since Hands became involved in March 2010. Home Hug Yasothon is home to over 60 kids and supports around the same number with HIV living in the local community. Hear about the difference Hands has made from Home Director, Khun Mae Thiew.
Home Hug at Surin
Home Hug Surin will be an extension of the Yasothon family caring for children affected by HIV. Click here to watch the development of this project.
The New Life Project at Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi, located on the Thai-Burma border, in western Thailand, is run by our Thai partner, the Duang Prateep Foundation (PDF). Over 50 girls and young boys call Kanchanaburi home.
Children at Kanchanaburi have come from difficult situations: sexual abuse, substance addictions, or they have no family to care for them. Others have been used as exploited labour.
Hands has supported Kanchanaburi since November 2010 and meets most operating costs for this project.
The New Life Project at Chumphon
Run by the Duang Prateep Foundation (DPF), our Thai partner, this project gives boys who are at risk from drugs, exploitation, abuse and crime a place to call home.
With community co-operation from local farmers, teachers and officials, pver 30 boys live and work on the farm. They learn farming, additional skills and learn to live and work together. Boys spend three years at the project, undertaking vocational training, agricultural work and conventional schooling.
Baan Nam Khem Community Centre and Tsunami Refuge
Baan Nam Khem, 10km south Baan Tharn Namchai, is a $1.4 million community and tsunami refuge centre that we opened in January 2011. This facility is the hub of training and learning for the community. Currently, Baan Nam Khem provides a nursery and childcare for over 50 BTN and community kids, as well as a range of educational programs to preschool children, young mothers and visiting teachers. Preschool kids learn nursery rhymes at the centre’s childcare facility and their parents are able to earn an income.
There is a tsunami refuge at the centre, in a building with a roof height of 17 metres above sea level. Holding 1,000 people at any one time, it gives local villagers a place to go and to feel safe in the event of a future tsunami.
PAMA House at Chanthaburi
PAMA House is a home based in the south east of Thailand which was opened in March 2015 and is home to 22 at-risk children from the local community.