Mary Sweet Home Orphanage is a safe home for orphans and parentless children in Piang Luang on the Thai-Burma border. The home offers children of ethnic minorities a loving environment, meals and educational activities to help them develop and live independently in the future.
The orphanage is home to 5-10 children and runs an English language class every evening. There are only three staff members at the orphanage, and for them this is a full-time responsibility. We support the three staff members at Mary Sweet Home Orphanage with a modest, living wage, so they can focus on their important role in taking care of these children.
This project also covers some of the expenses for the children, like hygiene articles and other basic needs.
Mary Sweet Home Orphanage was established in 1975 in Piang Luang in western Thailand by a former schoolteacher from Burma named Mary.
In addition to caring for parentless children, the orphanage also offers educational programmes to provide children with additional skills that will give them more opportunities. During the day, children from the orphanage go to local Thai schools; and in the evenings, they join the English classes, along with around 70 other children from the local village. Mary Sweet Home Orphanage offers these English lessons at five levels in two classrooms every day of the week, with students focusing on English reading, writing, speaking and listening.
The children living at the orphanage are also taught weaving skills as part of an income generating programme.