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.
Thus far, 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.
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.
St. Joseph’s Institution International
In October 2018, a group of 12 students from SJII Singapore joined Baan Dada for our challenge week. We traveled to Banmai and Huaymalai villages to do our eye care program. Almost 150 people were able to get an eye check-up and 100 people received free glasses. Below are a few photos from the week!
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 usually 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.
For 2019, we have a projected goal of 296,000THB to raise in order to support our medical programs to include the Eye Care, Malaria Prevention, Deworming of Children, as well as the Children and Pregnant Mother’s Vaccination Program. This is a recurring program. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for this project, please keep an eye on our facebook page, where we will post regular updates.