Baan Dada Children’s Home is an active member of its community and 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 and also teach our children the importance of giving back to the community.
Eye Care Project
This program provides free eye check-ups for the local residents in nearby and remote communities (more than ten villages in Burma near the Thai-Burmese border as well as numerous villages and communities within Thailand including Sangklaburi). General examinations are given and eyeglasses are distributed if needed.
The eye care program is supported by Mr Henning Friedrich, an optometrist from Norway. He helps in his individual capacity to provide funding for children needing further eye consultation or surgery in Bangkok, as the local hospital in Huay Ma Lai is not equipped for such surgeries. More than ten non-Thai children have either received treatment or surgery in Bangkok Children’s Hospital.
Thusfar, 17 villages and the city of Sangkhlaburi have received services from this program. Approximately 30,000 examinations and over 100 major surgeries have been provided.
Many villages around the border of Thailand and Burma lack even the most basic health care services. The vaccination program was initiated in February 2009 by Baan Dada Children’s Home, along with the help of volunteer medics from the Mon National Health Commitee (MNHC). This program takes place between November and April.
Children receive vaccinations for Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, polio and tuberculosis. Women receive Hep.B vaccination and the tetanus vaccination to prevent infection during child delivery, and medics to prevent infection while working.
A total of 27 villages within the borders of Burma, 3,600 children and 1,500 women have benefited from this program so far. Since the vaccination program began, there have been no reported cases of tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps or rubella in the children who were given vaccinations.
Malaria Prevention Program
Mosquito nets are distributed every 2 years to families in need along the Thai-Burma border. This project is in need of funding to continue in the future years! Please go to our donate page if you would like to help.
Fundraising programs in times of need
With the flooding of several parts of Thailand in 2011, the children held a fundraising program to help the victims of the flooding. There was a live concert, Karen dance and yoga performances. Their very first benefit concert was named “A Small Voice Reaches Out, A Children’s Benefit Concert Of The Heart”.
They raised 8,000 baht which they gave to the head of the village. A month later, they did another concert together with their school and three other NGOs, which together raised more than 70,000 baht.
Emergency Food and Medical Relief
The ethnic minorities in Burma along the areas bordering Sangkhlaburi have 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 purifiers, and arranging food and a medic to be stationed at the temporary shelters at the Thai Border. Our response to such emergency situations is unfortunately limited due to lack of funding.
Technical School Project
The closest higher learning centre is 225km away! We plan to start a Technical School which will offer courses in Automotive Technology, Industrial Mechanics Technology, and Electrical Technology.
The location of the school will be in Huay Ma Lai, on the property attached to the Children’s Home. There is a great need for a higher learning centre in this area for two main reasons, 1) the financial limitations of most families in the area, and 2) the travelling restrictions put on the non-Thais by the Thai government.
We also plan to have an education extension program within Baan Dada for youth living in Burma, so one hour away from our site. Select individuals will be sponsored to come to our school.
At the moment we are still raising funds to start building this school.
You can learn more here: www.prsarkartechnical.wordpress.com
School Teacher Support Program in Burma
Kindergarten schools in nine villages of Burma are supported by providing teachers. This enables the mothers of these children to find work to supplement their daily needs. A total of 251 children benefits from this program.
Piloki Village 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, the health and family stability of this community have been affected. The village is a mix of Karen, Mon, Thai, and Burmese. Baan Dada set up a fish raising livelihood project in 2008 funded by BCTFN (British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy). The project is no longer run by Baan Dada, but the people of Piloki.
Goat Lending Project
Goats were lent out to families in need while the goats reproduce. The family then keep the offspring and the original goats are returned to the foundation.
Women’s Weaving project
Local Karen and Mon women are given the opportunity to earn an income by weaving and then selling their products. Currently we still employ one mother to make weaving products to sell and another lady who teaches sewing to some of the older girls.
People have the opportunity to stay with a local family to experience life here in Thailand and on the Burmese Border. This project is now run by the village of Piloki.