Background
 
Our center is located near the city of Chiangrai in the Chiangrai Province of Northern Thailand, home to many hill-tribe villages. The Camillian Social Center, including Home of Charity, provides opportunity and hope to hundreds of hill-tribe families. 


Many of the hill-tribes’ people, despite having been born in Thailand and having lived their entire lives here, are not considered Thai citizens. They must formally apply for the rights and privileges of citizenship. Some are unaware of this process and others neglect to apply for these rights leaving them without the ability to vote, access to government healthcare, and access to higher education.
 
The center works primarily with the disadvantaged youth of the hill-tribes providing them assistance in attaining citizenship and supporting them throughout their education. Children in primary school come to live at the center during the school year. Once these students have completed primary school they continue to be financially supported by Camillian as they further their education at other facilities. Home of Charity, our school for children with special needs, provides general education as well as special programs for individual needs.

The Camillian Social Center is a Catholic organization that welcomes all faiths and currently has many Christian, Buddhist, and Animist students. The center consists of The Home for Disadvantaged Children, The Home of Charity, and other projects, detailed on the our projects page, designed to support the hill-tribe communities.



Home for Disadvantaged Children

This portion of the center supports around 2,100 disadvantaged children. This support includes food, clothing, school supplies, transportation, and other necessities. For the primary school students, currently numbering 230, this also includes living at the center and learning Thai here in order to study at the local school.

A weekday sample schedule is below.

5:45 A.M.          shower
6:15                 breakfast      
7:00                 students depart for school
8:00- 3:30        classes at local school
4:00-5:00         students return to center/participate in sports
5:00                 bath time/relax time
5:30                 evening meal/free time
6:45                 prayer
7:00                 homework
8:15                 bed time



It is important to the center that the children continue to celebrate their tribe’s culture in their daily lives. This celebration is often through dress and traditional dance. The children will also attend festivals at the neighboring village for celebrations similar to those in their home villages.

The center has cultivated a very happy environment. Smiles and laughter are as common during chore time as during playtime.


Home of Charity

This portion of the center currently has 27 students with special needs in attendance, 24 of which live at the center. The home focuses on students with physical disabilities and provides general education and special programs (such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and sensory therapy depending on the students needs). As with the Home for Disadvantaged Youth, the center is also responsible for their food, clothing, supplies, and other necessities. Their weekday schedule can be found below.
 
6:00                           shower/breakfast
8:00                           Start of school day-National flag rising and morning prayers.
8:15-10:15                classes
10:15-10:45              snack/break time
10:45-11:45              classes
11:45 - 1:00               lunch-break time
1:00-3:00                  classes
3:00-3:30                  snack time
3:30-4:30                  outside play time
4:30-5:30                  bath time/relax time
5:30                           evening meal/free time
7:00-8:00                  homework time (senior students)
7:30                           bed time for young children
8:00                           bed time for older students

 
Secondary School, Vocational School, and Employment

Camillian coordinates with other centers and organizations to find placements for each of their students in secondary school and continues to financially support each student through vocational school, or the level of education the student desires or is able to complete. After the completion of their education the center may also provide assistance in finding employment.