Our Vision –      
                        a normal Life

BAAN DOI – Home and Healing Center for Children


we are here

How a vision became reality

initial situation

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.”


“BAAN DOI enables me to get a good school education. I will give my very best.”


“BAAN DOI is my new big family where everybody is so kind.”


How You Can help

news and events

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Our Management Team

Barbara Meisl
Founder and Director of BAAN DOI

Graziella Ramponi Najai
Co-founder, Home Schooling and Fundraising

Saowaluk Junwong
General Manager and Child Protection Officer

We are a multicultural team with the target of supporting children, based on the protection of the human rights of children. Many skills and abilities have been united to enable us to achieve our goals and develop BAAN DOI even further.

Baan Doi – Home and Healing Center for Children

294 M. 4, Pong Pha, Mae Sai
Chiang Rai 57130



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