Twelve babies from the age of three months upwards, slept
in their small beds, while over 30 toddlers greeted the eyes of Chiangmai
Mail reporters as we entered Baan Kingkaew Orphanage.
the people responsible for the orphanage. (Standing in the back) teacher Mrs
Rattanaporn and operations manager Mrs Srisawat. The two ladies (front far
left) Mrs Darunwan and Mrs Nongluck (far right). The two nuns in the middle
are Mayuree Meunarpai and Srinuan Bunyorod.
The nurses and nannies who take care of these small
children, often abandoned or orphaned through AIDS, introduced us to the
Baan Kingkaew Orphanage will be one of the charities to
benefit from the upcoming rooftop party on January 14. (Entrance tickets and
t-shirts will soon be available, and we will keep you updated.)
from 12 – 2.30 pm.
This orphanage was named after Miss Kingkaew Wiboolsanti,
a Thai lady who donated her home, her land and a financial endowment for the
benefit of local orphans. Baan Kingkaew was opened in 1966.
In the early days only 25 children could be taken care
of, but the capacity doubled over the years and now they even have the
facilities to take care of 12 babies.
want to play now!
What the orphanage urgently needs is volunteers to help
with bottle feeding and the much-needed playing. Like many organizations in
the wake of Asia’s financial crisis, the foundation did not have enough
money to meet the annual costs of serving all the needs of the little
abandoned children and had to ask the Chiang Mai Provincial Authority, the
welfare department, the social welfare council of Thailand and private
donors for help.
The English speaking administrator, Srisawat Suwan, said
that Baan Kingkaew welcomes visitors and volunteers, as the nannies, nurses
and helping hands are often overloaded with work. Miss Srisawat just asks
for a telephone call in advance and no visitors during “nap time”.
bottle! Don’t even think about taking it from me!
She said that the center is keen on having orphans
adopted to ensure that they can grow up in a consistent loving environment,
either in Thailand or overseas.
Donations, especially toys towards the Christmas season,
even household appliances and of course sponsorships for children are highly
appreciated. It might sound like “peanuts” to be the sponsor for one
child, as it is just 4,000 baht per year (USD 100) but it means the world
for those who need it.
It is my turn to be picked up!
Even without money, there will be people in Chiang Mai
who have an extra hour or so and could volunteer to play with the babies
(even one afternoon per month) to give them the feeling of being loved, so
important in their development.
By the way, volunteers to feed the babies are needed!
Bottle feeding three times a day, 7 - 7.30 / 11.30 - 12 / 4.30 - 5 p.m.
Playtime is 10 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. Please call the volunteer
coordinator on 0 5327 5650 prior to visiting.
Mary Bear enjoys the cuddle time as much as the little infant.
breaks one’s heart to imagine that there are people who abandon infants
but luckily there are also people out there who are willing to give much
needed love and warmth where it is needed.
for playing with me. I will have sweet dreams today!