House of Hope, Thailand
Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
Current phase of support:
0 Double Orphans
0 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Sangkhla Buri, a city in western Thailand, directly borders Myanmar.
1,293 SQ. MILE 40,162 POP.
Located in the far west side of Thailand, Sangkhla Buri is nestled right next to the Myanmar border. Many people living in this area are not originally from Thailand, making it a melting pot of people groups. The northwest corner of Thailand lies just east of a country called Myanmar (formerly known as "Burma). Myanmar's history is riddled with decades of brutal ethnic warfare. Even today, the country's many factions are still far from finding a way to peaceably live amongst one another. UNICEF estimates that 146,000 people have fled to the neighboring country of Thailand.
This is the crisis that began House of Hope in 2008.
In 2006, a couple learned that children were entering Thailand on foot from the neighboring country of Myanmar, attempting to escape a violent ethnic cleansing that was occurring in their own villages. Tragically, this is a common scenario in west Thailand, due to the Myanmar government’s ongoing attacks on certain minorities in their own population. The couple resolved to help these innocent survivors by building an orphanage on a five-acre tract of unused land in Sangkhla Buri. The home began with merely five children found along the streets at the market, begging for food, having lost their parents in Myanmar. Thanks to donations supporting their work, the couple has since constructed a two-story building on the site and the facility provides a place of peace for more than 20 child survivors of the ethnic strife in Myanmar. Your financial help is of utmost importance as the home strives to rescue more innocent victims of Myanmar’s unfathomable violence. Your gifts directly support an atmosphere of love and security for these precious boys and girls.
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.
2 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Myanmar is not a safe place for many indigenous groups due to increased violence and ethnic cleansing. Many children flee across the border to Thailand.
While poverty is also an issue for many natives of Sangkhla Buri, those fleeing from Myanmar often face it the hardest. Displaced children living in poverty are more vulnerable than ever.
Because of generous donors, House of Hope has been able to construct a facility to house the refugee children that they take in. The home provides sleeping areas, living quarters for the directors, a kitchen, and a sitting area. Before, the children did not have mosquito nets to sleep under; however, SOW has since provided those funds to fulfill that necessity. We hope that you will consider joining us in continuing to help fulfill the needs of these precious children.
The home is currently planning to buy 100 more chickens to keep on their plot of land, in addition to the ones they already have, but are still needing the funds to do so. They also farm a garden with several vegetables. Because the children at House of Hope are from Myanmar, is it increasingly difficult for them to obtain vaccinations and proper medical care.
The houseparents have a devotional and teaching with the children each Sunday, and they also provide a short church service on the premises. Sometimes, the children go to a church 10 miles away. They are all being taught of the hope of the gospel.
Even though most of the children at House of Hope are not from Thailand, they are still allowed an education there. Some of the children walk to a school near the home, and the others take public transportation to another school. Before, the children had little to no school supplies, but since then SOW has made it possible for the children there to have those necessary materials. Please consider helping us continue to make opportunities happen for these children.