THAILAND - Pattaya: Haven Children's Home

Provide shelter for Children at Risk

$19,464 raised

Thousands of children in Pattaya, Thailand, live desperate lives marked by neglect, hunger, sickness, loneliness, fear and often physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Some simply have desperately poor parents or care-givers. Others live on the streets, some in the slum areas of the city. Still others have been completely abandoned. All face a bleak future unless there is urgent and drastic intervention by caring people from the larger community.

Haven children's home/shelter protects and provides for children who are 'at risk' in Pattaya due to direct abuse or abuse by severe neglect. Haven's team of dedicated caregivers provide a clean safe home, good food, medical care, clothing, education and lots of love to all the children.

Havens Childrens Home in Asia is a licensed center with state approval to care for 30 children, and facilities to care for up to 50. Haven is pleased to be a member of “Pattaya Plan,” a group of government departments & NGOs working together to meet the needs of children & youth in the city.

Project: Chumchon Slums Project

Each week the Haven team goes into Pattaya’s most destitute areas to bring basic food items, clothes, milk for the children, emergency medical care as needed, and hope to some of Pattaya’s poorest residents. The team watches out for children at risk, emergency situations and other special needs, and provides help as resources and volunteers are available (e.g. fixing leaky roofs, locating needed resources, etc.).

Wherever possible, people with specific needs are referred to other local organizations to help avoid duplication of services. Where no services exist, Haven steps in to fill the gap and meet the need.

Project: Early Learning Centre

Our on-site Early Learning Center provides pre-school training for children from 1 1/2 to 4 yrs, at which time they enter the Thai public school system.

Haven has provided care for close to 50 children since its inception, and presently cares for 20 children, ranging from 7 months to 13 yrs.

Project Updates

  • The Haven Children’s Home in Chonburi, Thailand has been providing programs of support to children at risk for over 15 years. Their aim is to help children who have been abandoned, are malnourished, or don’t have access to education. The home hosts a total of 34 children, most of which live at the home full time. Through the love, support, and care provided by the staff at Haven, the children are able to grow and flourish in a nurturing environment and create new stories for their lives. Here are two such stories . . .


    When Dow first came to us we thought her general tiredness was due to her former living conditions and lifestyle, but when she was 11 years old, it was discovered she needed open heart surgery to repair 4 holes that were preventing her heart from functioning normally – virtually robbing her body of vital oxygen flow.

    The surgery was performed in November of last year and was very successful. She gained weight, had better colour, and showed an increase in her energy levels. She still has a small leak in one heart valve but it will be checked again in a few months to determine if anything further needs to be done.

    Now 12 years old, we were able to find her family (mom, older half­brother, grandfather, and grandmother) and she returned to live with them in April this year. The community in which she now lives is very supportive and has pledged its help to ensure she is well taken care of.

    She will come back to our home in October for a few days when we will take her to the hospital to check the condition of the heart valve and learn what, if anything, needs to be done to allow her to continue to enjoy life as a normal teenage girl.


    Praeme, who will be 16 years old in November, is our oldest child and has just finished grade 9.  In grades 7 and 8 he was quite a worry to us as we wondered if he would ever be able to rise above his GPA scores of 1.43 and 1.97 to allow him to pass the tests required for attendance at a reputable vocational training school.

    We need not have worried – it seemed that he too realised his prankster teenage days were behind him and he thrilled us all by obtaining a GPA of 3.10 at the end of grade 9, and has been accepted at a well ­known, well established school in Bangkok where he will study engineering. He is very excited (and a little nervous) to be a first year boarder there, but he is wanting to show us all how well we have prepared him to meet the challenges he will now face.

    We also believe his English language skills (he was one of four children at our home to be chosen to take the Oxford English exam in Rayong earlier in the year, and acquitted himself admirably) will be of great help to him in a cosmopolitan city such as Bangkok and ultimately give him a tremendous advantage when he enters the job market.

  • I am sure that we have all had experiences where our great 'plans' have been seriously interrupted by elements which delay or threaten the outcome. This is true for the new children's home being built in Pattaya.

    Between the two pictures shown of this construction project, we ran into difficulties with our contractor. Budgets had been set and construction had begun but soon we noticed significant overruns in the cost of materials. Had we not stopped the work, we would have experienced a 200% overrun on the building of this home.

    We are glad to announce that the we have a new crew on site and construction is progressing at an acceptable rate. We now look forward to the completion of this home in May.


  • I have just visited Fred & Diane who began the Mercy Centre in Pattaya, Thailand. We were so encouraged to see the love that they and their staff have for the children.

    They hope to move into their new home in May. It will be a great change for them as it is a little out of the city, very green and walking distance to the most beautiful public school I have seen on my trip so far! The kids will have lots of space to run and play in the fresh air.

    Fred & Diane are enjoying their Thai retirement as much-loved 'grandparents' to dozens. I didn't see any golf clubs lying around, but I think they are pretty happy with their work caring for the children, helping out in the nearby slums and building the local church! Should keep them occupied for a while :)

  • Hidden among this notorious resort city's high-rise hotels and condos, Pattaya's poor fight to eke out a living. One group is trying to help.
    By John Le Fevre 24 August, 2010 |

    For the past 13 years, an unassuming protestant preacher and his wife from Edmonton, Canada, the Rev Fred and Dianne Doell, have brought a little relief to Pattaya’s needy, starting first with a children’s home. Establishing the aptly named Mercy Center, what began as a desire to help orphaned children has grown into a much larger operation, with the shelter now housing 17 orphaned, abandoned, or at-risk kids between two and 11-years-old, while a school scholarship program pays the uniform, transport and lunch-time meal costs of more than 160 children from the slums.

    In addition, an outreach program in Pattaya’s slums provides small food parcels once a week to the poor, infirm and elderly -- along the way showing the poor of Pattaya that they are not forgotten and there is always hope.

    Funded almost entirely by private donations, 73-year-old Fred says the biggest problem is that while the need for help continues to grow, donations don’t always follow suit.

    Now requiring a staff of five to run, Fred said that even with him and his wife not drawing a salary, Mercy Center has costs of about 200,000 baht per month. The outreach program also provides those living in the slums with mosquito nets and other items to make their existence a little more comfortable, including basic building materials to renovate or construct sturdier dwellings.

    Read more here.

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