Austrian Ambassador sponsors two children-centers

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Austrian Ambassador to Thailand Enno Drofenik kept his promise to donate proceeds of the recent Vienna Ball charity, arriving before Christmas with gifts for two Pattaya-area children’s homes.

H.E. Drofenik dropped in on the Child Protection and Development Center and Anti-Human Trafficking & Child Abuse Centre Dec. 21, presenting them with 350,000 baht and 332,417 baht, respectively.

Ambassador Enno Drofenik (left) receives flowers from a little classical dancer at the CPDC, and Radchada Chomjinda, director of the Human Help Network Thailand.

Radchada Chomjinda, director of the Human Help Network Thailand, which operates the CPDC, said the money will go towards the maintenance of its Mobile Training Unit, which was sponsored by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Japanese embassy last year.

HHN has made it its mission to travel with its outreach team to slums and schools in Pattaya to throw light on the problems of child abuse and human trafficking.

HHN social workers and volunteers are working together on a daily basis and also work in the evenings on Walking Street. The Mobile Training Unit is the first of its kind in Pattaya and has been effective against human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.

Residents, benefactors, staff and friends gather for a commemorative group photo during the funds handover at the CPDC.

At the ATTC, he next met with Director Palisorn Noja, along with Petr Juracek from the Austrian embassy and Austrian national Prince Zarian Haik-Georg Eghiazarian of Zarian Co., who just returned from a shopping spree sponsored by both of them for the children at the center.

Lots of fun during the cheque handover at the ATTC.

All three gentlemen gave the children presents which they actually had chosen for themselves earlier. Most chose clothing, as it’s not often they get new clothes. Most of their wardrobe is second-hand donations.

H.E. Drofenik, Haik-Georg and Juracek were as happy as the children since they live up to the saying: “Giving is more gratifying than receiving”.