The Kophai community, located off South Pattaya Road Soi 1, is one of the largest housing areas of very low income people in Pattaya with over 400 residents.
The families live in small rented single rooms with the family often headed by a female. If employed they normally work in small enterprise, like food carts or low paying manual work. There is, as you would expect, a high level of crime, alcohol and drugs in the area.
Happiness is all around when Ms. Malinee Turaharn (1st left, back row), the director of human resources for Sheraton Pattaya Resort, along with her team members and Pim from the Seaton Foundation went to the Child Care Center at Soi Khopai on Wednesday May 25.
Many of the people, particularly the children, do not have paper documentation to access basic government services like health care and school. The children, particularly the young pre-school ones, are mostly left during the day with very limited supervision in this harsh environment.
The young students dutifully line up to eat and enjoy the delicious snacks provided by the Human Resources team from Sheraton Pattaya Resort.
The Seaton Foundation has been running a small school in the Kophai area for the past 6 years. A program was also developed to obtain proper documentation for children to attend public school. For pre-school children, the concept was to build an early learning center which would give the children a safe and secure environment to learn and have controlled activities. It would have the added benefit of allowing the parent(s) to work.
Guests from the Sheraton Pattaya Resort prepare snacks for the youngsters.
Ms. Malinee Turaharn (1st left, back row), the director of human resources for Sheraton Pattaya Resort, along with her team members and Pim from the Seaton Foundation went to the Child Care Center at Soi Khopai on Wednesday May 25, to share a moment of happiness with the children by bringing them soft drinks and snacks. The happiness is all around when shared.
Sheraton Pattaya Resort; tel. 038-259888, email: [email protected], address: 437 Phra Tamnak Road, Pattaya, Chonburi 20150. Website: www.sheraton.com/pattaya.