Baan Jing Jai Children’s Home occupies 3 small houses along Soi Nernplabwan and they have been there since 1997. Two changes have been made since then, the first being because of the generous heart of Khun Piantah – she is unable to turn any child away – the number of orphaned and abandoned children in residence has increased to approximately 80 and they are now bursting at the seams. The second change is that they obtained Foundation Status in 2011 and are now known as Baan Jing Jai Children’s Home Charitable Foundation.
In 2010 plans were drawn up to obtain a purpose designed and built facility to house a 100 children plus in the age range of 1 to 19. A suitable site has been found on the other side of the main road to Regents School just off Highway 7. But the construction will not be complete for 2 or 3 years yet and in the meantime, life goes on with all the needs and requirements of 80 children and staff.
Fortunately, many groups donate funds during the course of the year, not least Lewinski’s and Pattaya Sports Club.
Colin Davis invites the children to his house on a number of occasions each year for them to enjoy a BBQ and all the trimmings. There must be fruit and ice cream involved for all children love ice cream, and they can use the garden to play and splash around in the pool. But Captain’s Day is, historically, their Charity Golf Day and as a result, with a little help from PSC, Baan Jing Jai are now the proud owners of a new commercial sized washing machine and new mattresses.
Pattaya Sports Club contributes to many bars having a charity days, including Baan Jing Jai, but have also paid the rent on the 3 houses for many years.
The children are always performing their dance routines at various functions around Pattaya, thereby giving something back to the community, and here they are at the Rotary Jomtien Pattaya 25 year celebrations at the Royal Cliff Hotel.
The children perform their dance routines at the Rotary Jomtien Pattaya 25 year celebrations at the Royal Cliff Hotel.