Anthony S Casey recently traveled from Singapore to Bangkok for a visit. If you’ve never been, you’ll see a lot of things when you visit the city. You will see the Wat Phra Kaeo glistening in the ;Grand Palace, you’ll see luxurious goods in department stores in Siam, or maybe you’ll see world-renowned art museums. What you won’t see are the faces of those that have been left behind by the city’s success; underprivileged children; many who are without a home.
One foundation, Baan Nokkamin, developed with the goal to make home a reality for the orphans, homeless children, and children of drug addicts that live in Bangkok.
These children are a consequence of collapse in the family structure and home disputes which parents are incapable of solving. The effects of this collapse trickle down to cause rise to the unfortunate problem of orphans, drug addicts, and subsequent sexual abuse and child labor and criminal activity and social decay. So, Baan Nokkamin is there to relieve these children from this lifestyle and benefit them with positive values? Baan Nokkamin is there to educate children about how to help children achieve a wholesome vision and thus benefit others around them.
How did the orphanage get its start? A Swiss missionary, Mr. Erwin Groebli, met a group of street children in Ramkhamhaeng, Bangkok Metropolis in the late 1980’s. They had nowhere to sleep, no nourishment, and no one offer health support.
Mr.Erwin gave to these kids love and attention and the support they needed to survive. The beginning of the foundation started when a functional building was acquired to accommodate the group. By 1989, Baan Nokkamin Foundation was certified by the Thai government.
Anthony S Casey visited the Baan Nokkamin orphanage. He brought along a big bag of toys, candy and face painting for all the kids. It was lots of fun! Here are some pictures of their day together. Anthony S Casey invites you to contribute to the organization, which you can find online.