House of Faith – Thailand
Chiang Dao, Thailand
Current phase of support:
1 Double Orphans
0 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Chiang Deo is a district in the Chiang Mai province of Northern Thailand.
727 SQ. MILE 87,922 POP.
The hill tribes predominantly populate the northern region of Thailand, near Chiang Dao. These tribes are seen as outsiders, making it impossible to gain Thai citizenship. So many children of the northern hill tribes of Thailand suffer due to extreme poverty in that region. Most of these children are treated as second and third class citizens. They have limited access to education and healthcare, and their quality of life is much lower than most Thai people. Most victims of labor or sex trafficking are impoverished or migrant individuals from the Northern region of the country.
House of Faith chooses to take in those who have been cast out.
Lily and Somnuk Montrelerdrasme recognized the great need for a home in that area to support children who had lost one or both of their parents or had been removed from their homes due to abuse or mistreatment. In 2008, the Montrelerdrasme family took a small savings and built a facility on their own land. With little financial support and no commitment from other sources, they began this home by faith alone. In 2011, Serving Orphans Worldwide came alongside House of Faith. We are proud to support the Montrelerdrasme’s and their ministry to orphaned Thai children. While the orphanage could easily accommodate up to 80 children, the home’s growth has been slow due to lack of regular financial support. Your prayers and financial contributions could make all the difference for many more orphaned children in this region.
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.
House of Faith has taken in children who have been physically abused in their homes. UNICEF reported that abuse prevalence ranges from 9% to nearly one in four children in the Southeast Asia region.
Discrimination against the hill tribes has forced them into poverty. The World Bank estimates that 13% of the Thai population is living in poverty, and many times children are abandoned as a result.
Thailand is a common destination and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking.
The four buildings at House of Faith provide the children with boys and girls housing, as well as a guest house and the director's house. The size of the orphanage could allow much more children to come, but budgetary constraints have not allowed that. Please consider being a part of rescuing vulnerable children in Thailand.
House of Faith serves the children a well balanced diet, with their three meals a day consisting of vegetables, rice, noodles, meat, and sometimes fruit. Because most of the children here come from the hill tribes, they have not received adequate health care. Now within the home, they have access to medical attention if needed, but many have still not been able to receive vaccinations or tests. Emotionally, the child are healthy, despite the fact that their indigenous tribes face much discrimination.
Thailand is a 95% Buddhist country. Many of the children coming to House of Faith have not experienced Christ's love before. The children attend church on the premises, with the house parents leading the service and Pastor Somnuk calling each Sunday to share Scripture.
At House of Faith, children have access to an education that they may have been denied before, due to their social status. However, all school aged children at the home attend school off premises, with transportation being provided by the home's vehicle.