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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Trust opens fourth Thai orphanage
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¬†The Pattaya Orphanage Trust UK is expanding to take on a fourth orphanage in Thailand. In addition to the original orphanage in the coastal city of Pattaya which looks after around 80 babies, the Pattaya Orphanage Trust UK is caring for children in a centre in the north of Thailand on the banks of the Mekong River, and a project some 60 kilometres from Pattaya in the town of Rayong for children living with the HIV/Aids virus. The new orphanage, called Ban Tharn Numchai, is in the tsunami-stricken area of Kao Lak. Originally planned to accommodate 14-18 children, the need in the area has increased steadily in the wake of Boxing Day 2004. Children traumatised by the tsunami have taken longer than expected to come to terms with the physical and emotional after effects. The UK-based trust is appealing for £34,000 to fund some 30 children for two years. The Pattaya Orphanage Trust UK is also seeking sponsors to invest in each child's future personal and educational development. Adele Shaw of the Pattaya Orphanage Trust UK said: "In response to the desperate legacy of the tsunami, the Pattaya Orphanage Trust extended its work to support children across the affected region. We have a responsibility to do all we can for those children who survived the impact and the flooding, but whose parents did not. They deserve care, an education and a positive future just like any other child. "The children at the Ban Tharn Numchai orphanage really touched my heart when I visited recently. It is a wonderful home for the children living there, where they receive support to overcome their emotional problems, as well as all of the love and care of a family home. The smiles on the children's faces are testament to the hard work that is being done at the orphanage. There are now many more children than the orphanage can take. Rather than stand by, we are asking for the support of the community so we can provide a supportive and nurturing environment to even more children in Thailand who desperately need it." For further information see: www.pattayaorphanage.org.uk.
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