BAAN DOI — Home and Healing Center for Children
is a non-governmental organization in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, the northernmost city of Thailand near the Golden Triangle on the border with Myanmar.
Our main target is
to support orphans and disadvantaged children in Chiang Rai province so that they have the prospect of a healthy development and a good education and the opportunity for self-determination and financial independence.
In order to reach this, BAAN DOI is working on various programs:
The Orphanage provides a safe home and a loving family with full-time care for disadvantaged orphans
Outreach Child Support Program
The Outreach Child Support Program enables orphans who come from very poor backgrounds to stay with their relatives
Life Skills Development Program
The Life Skills Development Program provides and strengthens life skills.
we are here
How a vision became reality
Here in this area in northern Thailand there are many ethnic minorities, migrants and refugees from the neighbouring countries Myanmar and Laos. Access to health services and education, as well as the right to work and own land are often restricted or don’t even exist. This results is a picture of desolation, and a life lived under miserable conditions without an opportunity to break free from poverty.
A compelling idea
In 2007 Barbara Meisl from Austria, and Graziella Ramponi Najai from Switzerland came to Thailand for the first time. There they met a 6-year-old orphaned boy, who was ill, had no family, and was without social institutions or a home to care for him.
The idea of a new home for orphans was realized in 2009 when Barbara and Graziella, together with their Thai friend Saowaluk Junwong, bought a piece of land and built the first houses with their private capital and the support of family and friends.
BAAN DOI is registered as a foster home and was recognized as a foundation by the Thai government in 2011.
Our Children say:
“I dream of becoming a chef with my own restaurant.”Bong
“BAAN DOI enables me to get a good school education. I will give my very best.”First
“BAAN DOI is my new big family where everybody is so kind.”Yung
Our Management Team
Founder and Director of BAAN DOI
Graziella Ramponi Najai
Co-founder, Home Schooling and Fundraising
General Manager and Child Protection Officer