Ban Meata Children's Village
The name 'Ban Meata' literally means: 'A mercy-filled house or village'.
Phrae is a beautiful, progressive city in the north of Thailand, three hours drive south-east from Chiang Mai. It is a very fertile area, producing two crops of rice per year. However, this province also has a considerable HIV/AIDS problem, and many children have been orphaned by this hideous epidemic.
Our vision is for a high quality children's village on 15 acres of land 17 kms from the city centre. Four children's homes, a large dining/kitchen area, laundry facilities, first aid centre, volunteer accommodation, four units for teams and visitors and a beautifull, well-equipped swimming pool have already been completed.
This beautiful children's village opened mid-2008 for HIV/AIDS orphans and babies who cannot be cared for by AIDS suffering mothers and young single mums with unwanted babies.
A Pre-School/Kindergarten program has been established for the children with help from volunteers and paid Thai teachers. Already most of the children are bi-lingual and progressing beyond the usual level of children of a similar age in Thailand.
Thai Trainee Manager
Sharon Dunk with husband John Scholten