“Sometimes, when we go outside, the children get our
shoes ready. They know just who wears each shoe. Even after one time!”
Kessler and her friends visited the toddlers group at ‘Baan King Kaew’
as part of their service work for their IB Community Action Service
programme at Prem Tinsulanonda International School.
As Yupin Laosu explained this, her eyes shone with
amazement that little tiny children would notice such things. Yupin and
classmates Danielle Ring and Bianca Kessler were recounting their
experiences during six months of visits to the Ban King Kaew orphanage. The
girls visited the toddlers group at ‘Baan King Kaew’ as part of their
service work for their IB Community Action Service programme at Prem
Tinsulanonda International School.
They spent three hours each Thursday afternoon with the
children, aged from eighteen months to three years. At the orphanage, the
girls play with the little ones, change them and help to feed them their
The toddlers recognized Yupin and her classmates
immediately on their second visit. They knew their names and remembered
games they had played together.
The visits are important to the children as they break up
their normal routine and remind them that people are willing to spend time
playing and cuddling them. If you look in any Thursday afternoon, you will
see three blue Prem uniforms covered with tiny squirming bodies and the
giggles of small climbers.
The girls say it is quite an exhausting afternoon, as the
little ones love attention and clamor to be picked up and played with. They
respond well to visitors as the orphanage encourages people to come and play
with the children and to take the older ones on small outings nearby.
Children from birth until age 5 stay at Baan King Kaew.
They can be adopted or they eventually go to the children’s’ home at
Vienping when they are ready for kindergarten.
and supervisor Cheryl Keegan.
The orphanage welcomes volunteers who play with the
children, and, of course, like all non-profit organizations, they would make
good use of all donations. They would especially treasure a washing machine
to help with all those tiny clothes!