We run seven homes and projects throughout Thailand supporting Thai children and their communities.
Baan Tharn Namchai at Khao Lak
We initially supported 32 children who had lost their parents and were living in a tent in Phang-Nga, a town on South Thailand’s Andaman Coast. Hands, along with a number of equally committed supporters, pooled their resources to build the first home at Baan Tharn Namchai in August 2006. Today, Baan Tharn Namchai is home to more than 100 children.
Baan Nam Khem Community Centre and Tsunami Refuge
Baan Nam Khem provides a nursery and childcare for over 50 Baan Tharn Namchai and community children, as well as a range of educational programs to preschool age children, young mothers and visiting teachers.
The tsunami refuge centre, with a roof height of 17m above sea level, can hold 1,000 people and gives local villagers a place to go and to feel safe in the event of a future tsunami.
Home Hug at Yasothon
As the AIDS epidemic swept through at-risk Thai communities, some children were left without any parents or family, and others who were born with HIV and were abandoned. Mae Thiew from the Suthasinee Foundation quickly moved to provide a home for the children to meet their medical needs and to provide an environment free from discrimination.
After learning about Home Hug in March 2010, Hands started to provide food and medicine to Home Hug. Not one child has died at Home Hug since Hands became involved in March 2010.
Home Hug Yasothon is now home to over 60 children and supports a similar number with HIV living in the local community.
Home Hug at Surin
Home Hug Surin is an extension of the Yasothon family, caring for children who may be affected by HIV, have lost their parents to the virus or just find themselves in desperate need.
Pama House Chanthaburi
Pama House is a home based in the south east of Thailand that was opened in March 2015. It is currently home to 25 at-risk children from the local community.
New Life Project: Kanchanaburi
Kanchanaburi, located near the Thai-Burma border in western Thailand, is run by our Thai partner the Duang Prateep Foundation (DPF). More than 50 children call Kanchanaburi home.
Hands has supported Kanchanaburi since November 2010 and covers all operating expenses. 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.
New Life Project: Chumphon
Operated by our Thai partner, the Duang Prateep Foundation (DPF), this project gives boys who are at risk from drugs, exploitation, abuse and crime a place to call home. They learn skills such as farming and how to live and work together. Boys spend three years at the project, undertaking vocational training, agricultural work and conventional schooling.