Chumchon is a word that describes an area where many people and their animals live, love, work, and all too often die, in extremely close proximity to one another.
These areas exist all over the city of Pattaya, where people regularly face the threat of sickness and death from malnutrition, lack of medical care, abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction. Mercy Pattaya seeks to find inroads into problems that will provide permanent solutions – one life, one community at a time.
The Chumchon Community Center is a facility where people can feel safe, be fed, educated, counselled, experience love and care, but most of all be a viable alternative to the drugs and alcohol which pervade their daily lives. Weekday and evenings host guitar lessons, English classes, life group and skills training, Thai culture and music events, and movie nights.
Plans are underway to extend the roof, provide outside lighting and renovate the kitchen, but already both adults and children are benefiting from this thriving community!