More than 80 children from the Bang Jing Jai orphanage hit the pool at the Haven Hotel, which is assisting the shelter in securing a new home.
Hotel owners Stephen and Lamyai Beard hosted the Oct. 16 pool party for 84 orphans, supervised by Piangta Chuamnoi, and supplied all the kids with a healthy meal.
Ban Jing Jai, which currently rents its Pattaya facility, is seeking 15 million baht to build a new orphanage in Nong Plalai. The Haven owners have so far donated 1 million baht. They are concerned funds are not coming as fast as hoped and that rent on the three homes has increased, putting more pressure on orphanage management.
Children are having a great time enjoying the pool.
Founded in 1997, Ban Jing Jai announced plans in March to relocate its infants, children and teens from three rented houses to 4.3 rai of land off Highway 7 near Regent’s School that will offer two, 1,350 sq. meter homes funded through donations and loans.
Each of the houses would be able to accommodate 40 children and teens, as well as 20 infants and toddlers. The designs, drawn up by a sponsoring architectural firm for free, call for nursing, music, art, and recreation rooms, a kitchen, administration office, playground, and garden. Those wishing to donate can call 084-614-4389 or visit the Baan Jing Jai shelter at 82/1 Moo 6 Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi; contact Mrs. Piangta Chuamnoi (Kru Ta), manager of Baan Jing Jai.
Stephen Beard (center, back) brings the children together for a group photo.