Thailand: Baan Unrak
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Baan Unrak is located in Sangkhlaburi, in the Kanchanaburi province in western Thailand. It's a remote area, near the rainforest, where tourists like to ride elephants and have trips into the jungle. Because of its peacefulness, and beautiful environment (mountains, lakes and waterfalls), the local tourist industry is expanding.
However, Sangkhlaburi is also ravaged by poverty and disease. In 1988, the government built a dam on the lake to bring electricity to Bangkok. This caused flooding so the local community faced relocation and lost their jobs.
Sangkhlaburi is a border village. It is only 22 kilometers only from the Three Pagoda Pass which marks the border between Thailand and Burma. The border is quite porous, so it is easy to come into Thailand. After arriving, most of the migrants are kept in the border area as they cannot travel due to their illegal status. An influx of refugees and immigrants, fleeing war and slavery in Burma, has added to the region's economic problems, including high unemployment statistics.
Most of the refugees in Sanklaburi area are from the Mon and Karen
States which are targeted by the military’s terror campaign led by the
Burmese government. According to UNHCR, half of the displaced people
are children, and 15% are under five years old.
Baan Unrak Children Home
Baan Unrak children home was founded in 1991 when Didi Ananda Devamala, volunteering in Sangklaburi on an agricultural project, was given a child with nowhere else to go. 15 years later, we have over 110 children for whom we are responsible and we support several abandoned mothers.
Baan Unrak Primary School
Under 4 weeks
If a volunteer stays longer than 6 months the whole period is for free and longer than a year there is salary according to local rates.
volunteers at any one time,short and long term volunteer,please
The Neo-Humanist philosophy is the guiding principle of our project.
Stated simply, we believe that we should love and care for all beings
in the universe.
To provide a foundation for the mental, physical and spiritual development of our students, we practice yoga and meditation on a daily basis. In addition, curriculums are taught in a way that incorporates movement, creative arts, and high academic standards, in order to nurture the whole child.
Students learn how to manage their emotions. Moral and ethical understanding is integrated into our curriculum through story telling, individual guidance, counseling and positive reinforcement. We teach the students about kindness and living in harmony with all forms of life from the smallest beings to the largest forms of life. We seek to instill the values of service, helpfulness and concern towards others.
Who do we need?
Both males and females are welcomed. Those willing to stay in the home
should be highly motivated to work with the children. You must present
a good, moral character and respect the local culture.
Your job as a volunteer
Volunteers can help in any of the following areas:
• Childcare,Training disable girl.
• Teaching English
• Drawings or paintings.
•Art, Handicrafts or Other skills.
• Gardening,Animal care.
• Songs, teaching musical instrument, computer etc
This project is new in our site, so as yet we have no volunteer experiences.
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