Baan Nam Khem building work starts
The building is sponsored by Hands Across the Water Australia and by UK donors organised by Mr. Bob Wolff. The new building will be multi-purpose in use, providing a nursery school for the youngest children, a youth and community centre and a tsunami escape centre. The building will also haveLast month a ceremony to appease the spirits of the land took place at the site of the Duang Prateep Foundation’s new building in the village of Baan Nam Khem (photo right).
bedrooms for rent which will be used to generate income and provide employment. Construction on the building has now started and is expected to be finished early next year.
The village of Baan Nam Khem was the worst hit in Thailand by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Many of the children living at the Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage at Phru Teaw village, hail originally from Baan Nam Khem.
Art competition for child tsunami victims
Last month the Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage was visited by Willie Gregg, the founder and organiser of Willie’s Orphans Fund, the Northern Ireland based charity organisation which raises funds to help support the child victims of the tsunami in the care of the Duang Prateep Foundation.
The highlight of Willie’s two-day visit to the orphanage was an art competition for which he presented the prizes. Taking part in the competition were children at Baan Tharn Namchai and also the Duang Prateep Foundation’s after school and weekend activity centre for children at Baan iTV. Willie was helped by his friend Steph in judging the competition and handing out prizes. The art work has now been taken back to Northern Ireland, where it will go on display at several locations.
The photo shows Willie and Steph judging the art competition.
Willie’s Orphans Fund is sponsoring the education of forty local children, some of the children live in the care of the DPF at Baan Tharn Namchai, while others are local children needing
Willie’s fund has financed the purchase of many of the plants at the orphanage and also pays the wages of the gardener. During his visit, Willie was also able to arrange new glasses for the gardener, who was struggling with cracked lenses before.
The photo right shows Laan the gardener with his new glasses.
Willie Gregg was just one of many visitors to the orphanage in March.
Two hairdressers from Sydney, Doug and Lynn, used
their professional skills to support the work at the orphanage during a two week visit.
Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage.The visitors trained several of the staff and older girls in hair-cutting. They also went to a local temple where they gave free haircuts to some thirty local residents, assisted by some of the staff and children at the orphanage. On another day Doug and Lynn were cutting hair at the Le Meridien Khao Lak Hotel, as a means of fund-raising for the
The visit of Doug and Lynn was arranged through Australian charity Hands Across the Water.
The photo shows Doug in action at the orphanage
Water in conjunction with Victoria University. In February and early March, Kirsty and Barbara were teaching at Ban Bang Muang school, where they were helping with kindergarten and primary grade four classes. There departure was followed by the arrival of RachelTeachers from Australia have also been visiting Baan Tharn Namchai, their visits were arranged through Hands Across the
and Kira who were giving puppet performances for children at the local school during their two week stay
Another recent arrival through Hands Across the Water was Fiona from Scotland via Australia. Fiona is at the orphanage for one month, teaching English and helping with care of the children during their school vacation.Other March visitors included a group of managers from the Thai Orchid restaurant and hotel chain in the UK. The managers came from the Thai Orchid houses which had raised the most funds for Baan Tharn Namchai. The Thai Orchid group paid for the football field at the orphanage. While at Baan Tharn Namchai the Thai Orchid managers and children together built a wigwam out of straw and mud.
Apart from the visitors mentioned above there were several other Thai and foreign visitors who dropped by the orphanage. The visitors often brought some snack treats or treated the children to ice cream or sweets. In return, the children often entertained their visitors with dance performances.
Mushroom growing at orphanage
Last month six children and two staff members made a three day trip to the Duang Prateep Foundation’s New Life Project to learn about mushroom cultivation. The group brought mushroom spores back with them, which have been placed in a new mushroom house. The orphanage residents expect to be harvesting their own mushrooms within a few weeks.
Ten of the children and orphanage director Rotjana Phraesrithong attended a four day meditation course at a temple in Takua Pha town, near the orphanage (photo left).
Also last month staff and children were busy preparing a new site for growing orchids, with the old orchid farm being developed as a rice growing area.
All of the children at the orphanage benefited from free dental check-ups and treatment during March, with th special service being provided by dentists from Takua Pha hospital (photo right).
The puppet troupe based at the orphanage was on t road last month, as they went to Ubon Ratchathani in Northeast Thailand for a week of performing and training local teachers. 120 teachers from schools in the province trained with Nithan Caravan in the use of puppets and stor aprons in their work. The teachers were also presented wit kits to help them use alternative media in their teaching.
The event was part of a nationwide initiative to get 500,000 people meditating.