Pattaya Mail reporters donates to Haven Children’s Home

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Two Pattaya Mail reporters donated needed supplies to the Haven Children’s Home in Khao Maikaew.

Marcus Souksi and Urasin Khantaraphan presented dried food, clothes, and first aid kits to the shelter for abandoned and orphaned children May 1.

The center cares for nine girls and 23 boys between ages 4 and 15.  The kids were abandoned, abused, orphaned, and stranded after their guardians were incarcerated.

Haven provides care, love, and warmth to children to improve the quality of their lives both physically and mentally, as well as develop their education. It was established in January 2014 by Sudjai Nakphian, a social worker helping less-fortunate children.

Marcus Souksi presents a donation of kitchen equipment, dried food, and first aid kit to Sudjai Nakphian, the center’s director.Marcus Souksi presents a donation of kitchen equipment, dried food, and first aid kit to Sudjai Nakphian, the center’s director.

Spread over three rai, the company contains an abandoned chicken coop, an old mushroom farm, and a children’s playground with old and broken equipment. The tent used as a warehouse keeps donated supplies and 10 bicycles for kids who ride about 200 meters to school. There are five staff members, including two foreign volunteers.

Children really enjoy getting new shoes.Children really enjoy getting new shoes.

Sudjai said Haven’s goals are to help, rehabilitate, develop, and support children being abandoned and getting inappropriate care. Originally, it was one of the projects of Mercy Children Pattaya. But last year the center became independent and needs a lot of help.