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PANG-NGA PROVINCE, THAILAND (RECENT - DECEMBER 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** BAAN TAN NAMCHAI (KINDNESS HOUSE CHILDREN'S HOME) ORPHANAGE TSUNAMI ORPHAN AND SECRETARY-GENERAL OF BAAN TAN NAMCHAI FOUNDATION, WATANA SITTIRACHOT, LOOKING AFTER CHILDREN IN CANTEEN CHILD EATING COOKIES WATANA HANDING MILK TO CHILD, CHILD DRINKING VARIOUS OF WATANA SPEAKING TO TEENAGERS (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) TSUNAMI ORPHAN AND SECRETARY GENERAL OF BAAN THAN NAMCHAI FOUNDATION, WATANA SITTIRACHOT, SAYING: "I came to stay in Baan Than Namchai after Tsunami. And teacher Rotjana, the founder of the foundation, has helped and supported me till I graduated from university and given me the opportunity to go study abroad. And now I come back to work for her." PLANTATION FARM VARIOUS WATANA AND CHILDREN CULTIVATING MUSHROOM IN NURSERY MUSHROOMS IN BUCKETS WATANA AND BOY WITH BUCKETS WALKING OFF VARIOUS OF ORPHANAGE CHILDREN PLANTING LEMON PLANT FOREIGN STUDENT VOLUNTEERS DIGGING GROUND FOR LANDSCAPING VARIOUS OF WATANA LOOKING ON AS THE WORK IS IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) TSUNAMI ORPHAN AND SECRETARY GENERAL OF BAAN THAN NAMCHAI FOUNDATION, WATANA SITTIRACHOT SAYING: "Initially, Baan Than Namchai foundation looked after children who were directly affected by Tsunami. After that, our organisation grew bigger and gained the trust among private organisations and the government who helped with coordination to get other juvenile cases to us." VARIOUS OF CHILDREN ON SWING BOAT CHILDREN PLAYING WITH SAND VARIOUS OF TEENAGERS PLAYING VOLLEY BALL (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) TSUNAMI ORPHAN AND SECRETARY GENERAL OF BAAN THAN NAMCHAI FOUNDATION, WATANA SITTIRACHOT SAYING: "The children who had been affected by the tsunami during that period of time were mostly afraid to get into society or face anything unfamiliar. But the children in the foundation these days are more open in expressing themselves, they are not afraid to confront unexpected situations." CHILDREN IN TUITION CLASS CHILDREN AND VOLUNTEER TEACHER IN CLAY SHAPING CLASS CHILDREN WORKING WITH CLAY VARIOUS OF PIONEER OF THE ORPHANAGE, ANGKANA CHATREEKUL, TEACHING MATH TO A BOY BOY WRITING ON NOTEBOOK (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) SENIOR STAFF OF BAAN THAN NAMCHAI, ANGKANA CHATREEKUL, 47, SAYING: "He (Watana) understands, he was once a child affected by the tsunami. He understands the loss these children are facing, as he runs this place. It was a very good foundation laid by Rotjana (late founder). If someone else had taken up this job, we don't know how much they would understand the children at this place." VARIOUS OF ANGKANA ENTERTAINING CHILDREN AND VOLUNTEERS IN EVENING RECREATION GATHERING CHILDREN AND VOLUNTEERS DANCING (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) SENIOR STAFF OF BAAN THAN NAMCHAI, ANGKANA CHATREEKUL, 47, SAYING: "We went from tents to buildings. We started with floor boards made of plywood from used coffins that we took from a temple. The tents were taken from Bangkok from my head office then."
Dateline: 2019

Temporary Thai Tsunami Orphanage Becomes A Permanent Home

Item ID: 122141050

By: Reuters

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