Community Projects and Services
Baan Dada strives to relieve poverty and improve healthcare in the region by engaging in a number a community livelihood, education, and medical projects. These projects directly improve the lives of the villages.
This program provides free eye check ups for the local residents in nearby and remote communities. General examinations are given and if needed eyeglasses are distributed. The eye care program is supported by Mr. Henning Friedrich.
Mr. Henning Friedrich is an optometrist from Norway, who helps in his individual capacity to provide funding for children needing further eye consultation or surgery in Bangkok as the local hospital in Huay Malay is not equipped for doing surgery for Children. More than ten non-Thai children have either received treatment or surgery in Bangkok Children’s Hospital and still there are several children awaiting appointment for surgery.
An eye screening was recently initiated within the borders of Burma. More that 300 people were screened and provided with eyeglasses. Efforts are being made to organize a Field Surgery at the border to give cataract surgery, pterygium removal, and diagnose other cases seen during the recent screening at the border clinic.
Thusfar, 17 villages and the city of Sangklaburi have received services from this program. Approximately 25,000 examinations and over 100 major surgeries have been provided.
Children’s Vaccination Program:
Many villages around the border of Thailand and Burma lack even the most basic health care services. To meet the medical needs of the children and pregnant women a vaccination outreach program was initiated this February 2009 by Baan Dada Children’s Home along with the help of volunteer medics from the Mon National Health Commitee (MNHC).
Currently, 2600 children were given vaccinations for Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertusis, Measles, Polio, and Tuberculosis , and 600 women and medics received Tetanus Vaccination to prevent infection during child delivery and medics from infecting themselves when working. A total of 24 villages within the borders of Burma benefitted from this program.
Since the vaccination started in 2009 there has been no reported case of disease on Tuberculosis,Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertusis, Polio, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella to those children who were given vaccination.
We would like to express our gratitude towards Ester and Fillipo and all of their friends who have worked so hard to fundraise for our Vaccination Program throughout the last two years.
Baan Dada Children’s Fundraising events and programs for natural calamities
The children in Baan Dada home are coming of age. With the flooding of several parts of Thailand due to rains the children held a fundraising program to help the victims of the flooding. Led by the bigger boys namely Johnny, Kamal, Wiwat, Saitan, and Ben they held a live concert at Sangklaburi town together with the smaller boys and girls band, Karen dance and Yoga group children. Their very first benefit concert is named ” A Small Voice Reaches Out, A Children’s Benefit Concert Of The Heart”.
They were able to raise 8,000.-baht which they turned over to the head of the village. A month later they did another concert together with their school and 3 other NGO’s which together have raised an amount of more than 70,000.- baht
The ethnic minorities in Burma along the areas bordering Sangklaburi has experienced several military intrusions by the Burmese regime. This has caused an enormous influx of refugees fleeing the conflict.
Baan Dada Children’s Home responded immediately to the needs of the displaced families by providing food supplies and water purifyer, and arranged food and a medic to be stationed at the temporary shelters at the Thai Border. Our response to such emergency situations are limited due to our lack of fund.
Piloki Village: Homestay Tourism and Fish Raising Project
Piloki Village is one of the villages in western Thailand that was affected by the building of the dam. This village is only accessible by boat and at the nearest point it takes an hour to reach. As a result of this economic and social isolation, poverty, disease, and lack of health care and education have threatened the health and family stability of this community. The village is a mix of Karen, Mon, Thai, and Burmese ethnic group. We have set up a fish raising livelihood project funded by BCTFN (British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy) So far there are a total of 26 floating fish pens set up near the village.
We are currently seeking volunteers to begin a homestay program to further assist this village economically. A homestay program was created here in the past, but due to lack of long-term volunteers, no one was able to maintain it.
Tourists who are looking for a quite and beautiful place with very friendly people will find this village a good place to explore. Go fishing with the villagers, learn back strap style clothe weaving, learn Karen style cooking, teach English in the primary school, explore the 200 feet high waterfall, and other activities.
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Technical School Project: Providing Work Skills
We plan to start a Technical School in an area with no other higher learning centers, the closest being over 225 kilometers away. The school will offer courses in Automotive Technology, Industrial Mechanics Technology, and Electrical Technology.
The location of the school will be in Huay Malai, on the property attached to the Children’s Home. There is a great need for a higher learning center in this area due to restrictions put on the non-Thai’s by the Thai government to leave the area. Financial capacities of most families, regardless of ethnicity are another issue.
We also plan to have an education extension program for youth living within the borders of Burma, which is about one hour away from our site. Select individuals will be sponsored to come to our school.
At the moment we are still raising fund to start building this school.
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