Baan Zion – Thailand
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Current phase of support:

0 Boys

35 Girls

0 Double Orphans

6 Staff

0 Additional Children

(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)

Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand.

23.49  SQ. MILE         199,783  POP.

Chiang Rai is located just beneath the area widely known for the Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand. For the Hmong people of this region, discrimination heightens their daily struggle to survive. Because many of them do not have Thai nationality, they often cannot find work and their children are denied proper education. Eventually, this cycle of poverty drives many to crime. For the Hmong women, youth pregnancy, poverty, and peer pressure provides an easy gateway into prostitution. The Global Slavery Index reports that Thailand remains a source, destination, and transit country for labor and sex trafficking, and most of the victims are impoverished or migrant individuals from the Northern region of the country. Having been coerced or manipulated into exploitation, many also fall victim to a life of drug abuse and crime leading to incarceration.

Baan Zion serves as a home to the children whose mothers are incarcerated.

In Thailand, if there are no other members of the family to care for the children, the mother may bring her children with her to the detention center. Needless to say, prison is an unfit place for young girls, vulnerable to the heightened threat of being sold into the sex trade in the region. The Baan Zion Home for Children strives to give these girls their childhoods back. Baan Zion’s 10 acre site is on beautiful grounds. It is a place where Thai children receive love and respect, perhaps for the first time in their lives. They also strive to reunite families when possible, providing counsel and accompaniment to the labor market for recently released mothers.

Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.

Prison Rescue Orphanage

Our mission is to empower orphanages to achieve sustainability; to allow them the opportunity to move beyond mere survival. S.O.W. was fortunate to come just in time to rescue Baan Zion from shutting down because of financial deficits. Here is the story of Reverend Jan Smit and his mission to save children living prisons due to their mothers being incarcerated.

3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.

Rescue from Thai Prisons

Baan Zion works closely with police and social workers in the region to rescue young girls from Thai prisons where their mothers have been incarcerated.


Some of the girls in Baan Zion have been rescued because their mothers abandoned them upon incarceration.

Sex Trafficking

Older girls living in the prisons are highly subject to sale into the sex trafficking industry. Baan Zion works to rescue these girls from this terrible fate.


Recently, Baan Zion relocated to a new facility. Their previous home had suffered much damage due to its age and earthquakes in that region. Thankfully, a group of generous donors made it possible for Baan Zion to move into a new home located nearby and the girls are settling in well.


This girls enjoy a rich diet of vegetables, fish, noodles, chicken, eggs, milk, and occasionally fruit. We're thankful that the girls at Baan Zion eat and live well. However, many of the girls are dealing with the trauma of a parent in prison. Pray with us for their full healing from this struggle.


“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to help them.” Proverbs 3:27 is a guiding verse for Reverend Jan Smit's ministry to these children. The children are receiving exceptional Christian formation from him and his wife, Ellen.


The girls are taken each day to attend a local private institution. The girls receive good marks on their work at school and Reverend Jan Smit takes great pride in their exceptional academic achievement.