Camillian Home Children’s Charity

Care home for disabled children in Bangkok

On the outskirts of Bangkok there is a bright green, three storey building skirted by a tropical garden. It has the appearance of a small school with children’s paintings hanging on the walls and soft voices audible from the canteen. In fact, this is Camillian Home, a registered non-profit charity that aims to serve as a model for how to care for vulnerable children with special needs. Specifically, the home cares for children up to the age of 18 suffering with physical disabilities and HIV infection, many of whom were orphaned or abandoned.

The home was established in 2008 by Father Giovanni Contarin, an Italian priest with over 25 years experience of helping the most disadvantaged children in Thailand. In the Ladkrabang area of Bangkok, out near Suvarnabhumi Airport, Camillian Home Started with just five children but now cares for up to 70 children split into Residents, Day Care and the Saturday Program. There is very little financial support from the Thai government for Camillian Home so fund-raising is the only way to continue this necessary and aspirational endeavour.

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All proceeds go to Camillian Home for Children Living with Disabilities. 

It is often said ‘no two children are alike’, but there is an added poignancy to this at Camillian Home where the children’s particular needs are as diverse as the paths that have brought them there. Some children are sent to Camillian Home because their parents are unable to deal with the severity of their disabilities, others were bullied at school, and some were simply abandoned by parents suffering from drug addiction and HIV.

The type of care offered to the children can be occupational therapy – teaching kids to walk, speak, eat – and when possible, children are given academic lessons in Thai, English, Science, and computer technology, and also encouraged to take exams to gain qualifications. The most important thing is that every child is treated with respect in a loving family environment. The most severely disabled children – those with cerebral palsy – have 24 hour carers at Camillian Home, helping to feed, bathe and love the child. Although the home was established by Father Giovanni, children are not required to follow any particular faith and are free to follow their own beliefs.

The feeling of love and companionship is palpable at Camillian Home, with children helping each other with life’s little moments like making a bed or singing a song, yet volunteers are vital to keep the home going and anyone with the desire to help can contact the home directly to see what they can do for the children. Abandoned by parents, left to drop through the thread-bare social system that exists in Thailand, the histories of these children are repeated in one form or another, but spoken in full-voice, without the need to whisper, without the need for shame, because Camillian Home is their family now.

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