Chiang Rai Children’s Home – Thailand
Chiang Rai, Thailand
Current phase of support:
30 Double Orphans
0 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand.
23.49 SQ. MILE 69,888 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.
Chiang Rai Children's Home longs to provide a safe and happy place for the children of Thailand.
Chiang Rai Children's Home was established by Rev. Dr. Suphot Phanon after he rented a small building in 1996 to start a church. After he started the church, 11 girls who had just finished middle school came to him asking for food and a place to stay so they could continue their studies. Rev. Dr. Suphot realized that human trafficking was becoming a huge issue among these girls and could feel the Lord calling him to help them. He turned the upstairs section of the church into bedrooms for the girls to stay, but as time went by the number of girls began to grow as more came looking for a safe place to stay. Rev. Dr. Suphot knew they needed a bigger place to stay, but didn't have enough money to purchase property. He continued to believe that the Lord would provide for them and by 1997 he had received enough donations to build a brand new home for children. Today, the home continues to grow and there are over 100 children living in the home.
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.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Prior to coming to the home, many of the children are taken advantage of, without a place to truly feel safe. Many times the children are harmed because of their parents' addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Incarceration, poverty, and teenage pregnancy are some of the many reasons that children in Thailand are abandoned. Chiang Rai Children's Home has taken in many children who were left with no family to care for them.
Thailand’s Health System Research Institute estimates that children in prostitution make up 40% of prostitutes in Thailand. In situations like this, children with no one to care for them become the most vulnerable.
The home consists of eight buildings that serve as dormitories, a chapel, an office, a gym, and a storage room. It is accessible to electricity and a flush sewage system for indoor plumbing. The bedrooms are gender appropriate and provides each child with a warm bed.
When Serving Orphans Worldwide found Chiang Rai Children's Home the children were only receiving two meals a day. They now receive three meals, but is still lacking most nutritional needs like daily milk and protein. With the help of a donor's financial support we can get the kids the nutrition they need!
Most of the children in the home come from Buddhist upbringing, but the true gospel of Jesus Christ is very evident in the home. Now, all the children have come to know their Savior and rejoice in Him! The staff works hard to ensure that the children are able to go to church every Sunday, have morning devotions, and a Bible study three times a week.
Chian Rai takes the children's educational opportunities very seriously. All school aged children are either enrolled in public or private schooling. They are transported to school every day by the home's private vehicle to ensure the ultimate safety of the children.