According to UNICEF, approximately one million Thai children live in vulnerable conditions. These include children who live in poverty, have lost their parents, have a disability or are forced to live on the streets. In addition, it is estimated that around 290,000 children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Thailand also endured the horrific 2014 Boxing Day Tsunami, along with several other natural disasters over the years. These disasters have claimed thousands of lives, and left thousands missing and displaced. As a result, many children were left without parents, and without a home.
Unfortunately, Thailand’s orphaned and abandoned children face harsh vulnerabilities and risks, such as exploitation, sex trafficking, child labor, malnutrition, poverty, and disease.
In the northern parts of Thailand, many tribal communities exist, including the Hmong Tribe. For the Hmong people, 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. With high levels of incarceration and women being trafficked, children in these communities are often left alone and abandoned.
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.
This year, we have a goal to help improve the quality of care for these amazing children, and we need your help. Your gift will help provide education, a safe home, health, and adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ. Our promise to you is that 100% will go directly to the home.