German ‘Brave Children’ meet counterparts in Pattaya visit

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Thirteen boys from a German children’s-aid organization met their counterparts at Pattaya’s Child Protection & Development Center during a whirlwind tour of the region.

The youths from Cologne’s “Brave Children” shelter – part of the Human Help Network Germany – spent 10 days in Pattaya in a visit reciprocating a June trip to Germany by HHN Thailand’s Pattaya Orphanage.

Reiner Calmund, a famous German football official, TV-moderator, book author and a businessman, is very much involved in welfare for children. He is a living legend in Germany, and one who sponsored the orphanage football team’s trip to Cologne and this month’s stay for the Germans at the Thai Garden Resort.

Not only “Brave Children” but also braving the sea on board the Thai Garden ship.Not only “Brave Children” but also braving the sea on board the Thai Garden ship.

Thai Garden Resort owner Gerrit Niehaus provided accommodations and food for the boys and their chaperones. Additional sponsorships were provided by Hans Günther Müller, another famous and successful German businessman in Pattaya who has sponsored three houses at the Child Protection & Development Center, and Heiko Klimanschewsky, a businessman in Pattaya who owns the Poseidon Hotel and Spa in Jomtien.

Human Help Network Thailand Director Radchada Chomjinda administered to the kids and two volunteers, Lukas Freund and Lena Schupp, helped entertain.

The Germans at their arrival at the Thai Garden Resort. Far right Anselma and Gerrit Niehaus, far left, Hans Günther Müller and Heiko Klimanschewsky.The Germans at their arrival at the Thai Garden Resort. Far right Anselma and Gerrit Niehaus, far left, Hans Günther Müller and Heiko Klimanschewsky.

Brave Children, or “Tapfere Kinder” as its known in German, cares for terminally ill, disabled and street children financing their treatment and providing shelter and direction through education and sports.

The international field trip was a way to reward those with good school marks or behavior, as well as show the children other youths worldwide who suffer from the same problems.

The trip featured a boat tour, visit to Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, the Flight of the Gibbon attraction and a football match against boys from the Pattaya Orphanage followed by a gala party.

At Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.At Nong Nooch Tropical Garden.