Patients are provided with accommodation - albeit cramped as you can well imagine - food, healthcare and access to ARV (antiretroviral) medicines which are provided free in Thailand.
Their income is obtained by a number of groups contributing small amounts which is just sufficient to provide food and limited refreshments, but personal items are beyond budgetary restraints.
Some residents with PSC representatives.
Pattaya Sports Club was asked to help to buy many items which most of us take for granted. The bedding has been in place since 2006 and because the sheets and pillow cases are washed by hand frequently, they have lost any substance or colouring. PSC purchased sufficient material, and a sewing machine, to enable one of the three volunteers to make new, brightly coloured bedding.
Among the other items provided were pillows, blankets, towels, shampoo, liquid soap and, a rare treat, some Ovaltine and fortified milk.
Fortunately for the residents of Rak Puan, good news follows bad for they were told that they had to vacate the premises before the end of August. But they have found a generous Thai man who will rent 2 small properties to them, at a very low rent, which they will occupy very soon. With more sleeping, living and bathing areas, they will even have a large garden to occupy their time. Who knows, they may even be able to grow some fresh vegetables.
One of the two properties a generous Thai man will rent to them.
Their new home.
One of their bedrooms.
The exterior of the 2 rooms.