Human Development Foundation

We stand together with the poor. We work together with our neighbors in the slums to create simple but progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. We build and operate schools, improve family health and welfare, protect street children's rights, combat the AIDS crisis, respond daily to emergencies, and offer shelter to street kids, to orphans, and to children and adults with AIDS - always together, hand in hand and heart to heart with the people we serve.
Jul 21, 2014

Rice for malnourished slum children at our 23 Mercy Kindergartens

This project remains ongoing - that is, to provide rice at lunchtime for the school children attending our slum kindergartens every school day.

We oeprate 23 kinderartens in Bangkok's slums; 2500 school children are enrolled.

For many of these children, a hot nutritous lunch is their only healthy, substantial meal of their day. About 20% of the school children show signs of malnourishment when they first enter our three-year kindergartens. We monitor the children's development, including weight and height, throughout the year. In addition to lunch we provide milk and fruit snacks at the end of each school day to ensure that our school children are receiving proper daily nutrients.

Nutirition will always remain as integral to our education programs. Our school year begins in May and runs through March. Approximately 40,000 poor chidlren have graduated from our kindergartens in the past 40 years on their way to government primary schools...and beyond.

We wish to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to this project, and invite you to visit a Mercy kindergarten whenever you may be in Bangkok.

Link from recent newsletter about our education programs:

http://mercycentre.org/en/news/newsletters/502-first-day-of-school

Jul 16, 2014

Safe and healthy homes

It is a most crucial job building and renovating homes for HIV/AIDS infected people. By living in a safe and healthy environment enables individuals in many ways. They can function on a daily basis, children are fit to go to school and get an educaiton, parents can work and bring income and each person in the household has a better chance on a strong immune system to keep them active and engaged in their community.

 

By funding this kind of project you are not only helping to build a house - the effects of the action helps the family, community and surrounding schools be efficient, productive and active members of society.

Jul 16, 2014

Keeping Families Together w/ Nutrition and Shelter

milk and rice?! yummm.
milk and rice?! yummm.

The following is a postcard from Charissa Murphy, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia, about her recent visit to the Human Development Foundation/Mercy Centre in Thailand.

Smiling faces are plentiful at the Human Development Foundation's (HDF) Mercy Centre in the slums of Bangkok, Thailand. Though the children who attend school and/or live at the Mercy Centre come from harsh environments of poverty, families with alcohol and drug addictions, poor education systems, and even abandonment, it was evident that they find safety, care, and a large family community at the Mercy Centre. 

The Human Development Foundation really focuses on providing the entire community the support it needs to, well, stand on its own feet. The Centre is very well known not only by the surrounding community, but also by other organizations and communities throughout Bangkok that look to the Human Development Foundation as a strong example of effective programming. One ongoing project for the Centre is the rice distribution and emergency relief that it provides for the children and families of the community. It is ongoing because it is important everyday for these families to receive nourishment and to be fed. 

I also had the opportunity to talk about some of the other HDF programs that occur outside of the Centre. The need to build homes for HIV-affected families is increasing as the conditions of the homes continues to decline. Walking through the narrow, feces and trash-infested alleyways of the slums where the families live, the urgency for repair seeped through the rotting doors. One of the families has an HIV-positive father and the other one has an HIV-positive daughter in the family. Not only are the repairs necessary to improve the sanitary conditions and thus help keep the families healthy in face of the physical and emotional weaknesses felt by being HIV-positive, but they are also necessary to help keep the family together under one house. As conditions deteriorate, oftentimes families will have to split from one another and stay in separate locations that can accommodate them (or on the street). In addition to providing home care for these HIV-affected families, HDF wants to help rebuild their homes to ensure they can continue the home care programs. Without the support, the sewage that surrounds the homes will continue to infect their health, and the families may need to leave.

 

Upcoming Event on GlobalGiving - TODAY, this Wednesday, July 16th, is a Bonus matching day!:

Today, July 16th (Wednesday), beginning at 9AM EDT, GlobalGiving will match 30% of any donations (of up to $1,000 from any individual donor) to The Human Development Foundation. There are $130,000 in total funds available for matching that day for all of GlobalGiving’s partners. To ensure your donation is matched before the funds run out, please consider donating earlier today shortly after 9AM.

 

I want to thank The Human Development Foundation for allowing me to visit!

visiting some children who live & learn at Mercy
visiting some children who live & learn at Mercy
getting ready to prepare a meal for the kids
getting ready to prepare a meal for the kids
John plays "got your nose" with one of the girls
John plays "got your nose" with one of the girls
HDF helps the blind too. these 2 are best friends.
HDF helps the blind too. these 2 are best friends.
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