Connie’s Home – Thailand
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Current phase of support:
12 Double Orphans
2 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand.
1,122 SQ. MILE 960,906 POP.
Ancient culture collides with modern metro in Chiang Mai. It is considered the most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. The city has experienced growth throughout the 20th century. However, the Chiang Mai province is also one of the poorest regions in Thailand. For many of Chiang Mai's people, daily survival is a struggle. This leads to higher incidences of abandonment and abuse, making children often the first to suffer. Many are left without a family or place to call home.
Connie's Home notices the children who seem to be forgotten.
Connie’s Home is one of the most unique homes that Serving Orphans Worldwide supports. The children in Connie’s Home have all been given over to them by government orphanages because the government facility cannot adequately support the child’s needs. They also provide work for female juvenile offenders through a work-release program approved through the Thai courts. Up until recently, the home was fully funded by the couple that oversees it. However, Serving Orphans Worldwide recently began supporting some of the operational budget of Connie’s Home so that they can pursue sustainability. The couple that began this home already have chickens and ducks to lay eggs and are in the process of implementing a fishery and garden to further cut down on food cost and supplement their income. We are proud to support such a forward thinking, intentional home. Please consider coming alongside us as we support sustainability and proper care for the most vulnerable of Thailand’s orphaned children.
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.
Incarceration, poverty, and teenage pregnancy are some of the many reasons that children in Thailand are abandoned. Connie's Home has taken in many children who were left with no family to care for them.
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.
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.
“To me a house is a building, but a home is the people in it--full of love to be given to those who enter.”
-Connie Cummins, Onsite Director
And the home does just that. Connie's Home provides a place of love and care for children who cannot be supported by either their biological families or the government. In doing so, the home looks to provide adoptive families for children in their care.
Connie’s Home takes in the weakest, sickest children and nurses them back to health, freeing them to be adopted stateside or internationally. At this home, children are given access to medicine and proper care for their illnesses and disabilities. Once healthy, many of these children are eligible to be adopted into forever families! The children are also given a rich and balanced diet, supplemented by the livestock kept for the home's sustainability.
In seeking to restore the children's health, Connie's home also cares for them in a way that shows them the love of Christ. The children are taught about Jesus and what it means to love Him.
All school age children at Connie's Home are able to attend school. The home also provides the children with music time, outdoor time, and age-appropriate class time to give them both daily structure and a childhood.