On Saturday 12th November, a group of Regent’s students from the Service Committee and boarding school and staff traveled to the Mercy Centre in Klong Toei, Bangkok, to deliver 30,000 baht worth of supplies to the Mercy Centre and to brainstorm how we could help them longer term.
Run by Father Joe Maier, the Mercy Centre in Bangkok is a home for people affected by AIDS, where they can receive shelter, medication and warm company. The centre also operates and coordinates more than 25 nursery schools across the slum areas of Bangkok. Almost half of these nurseries have been strongly hit by the flooding.
Collecting money for flood relief.
The supplies donated were mainly food, water and educational stationery and resources, funded by the flood fundraising activities over the last two weeks in school.
After handing over the supplies, we had a long discussion with Father Joe about the most useful ways we could help them and we have decided to focus on supporting one of the flooded nursery schools.
The next trip to Bangkok will be on 3rd December with the Coast to Coast Basketball program.
Meeting Father Joe Maier.
Witnessing the floods first hand.