The Pattaya OrphanageHow the Rose Foundation has been supporting this project in Thailand
Our founder, Maurice Dimmock, first visited the Pattaya Orphanage with his late daughter Emma. They were both struck by the obvious care, support and love which the staff showed towards the children; in particular, the emphasis on health, welfare and security of the children in their care.
The Rose Education Foundation has been supporting the work of the Pattaya Orphanage since 2011 in a variety of ways.
In October of 2011 the Foundation was able to sponsor the replacing of the Orphanage’s water towers. These towers, which house the water supply for the home, had reached the end of their life span and had begun to erode. This was causing serious problems with water contamination, as well as damaging the pumping system used to deliver the water throughout the Orphanage.
With the help of the Rose Foundation the new water towers were completed early the following year. Made from stainless steel, these towers should have a long life and provide a reliable and safe water supply for many years to come.
Cots and Bedding
In 2012 we were able to sponsor the supply of new bedding for the children at the orphanage. The new mattresses, blankets, pillows and bed linen, has certainly brightened up the bedrooms and provided a comfortable nights sleep for children of all age groups.
New cots were also purchased for the baby room, keeping the little ones snug and safe through the night.
Hearing Aids for the Sotpattana School for the Deaf
Based on the same site as the Pattaya Orphanage and established by the orphanage founder Fr Ray in 1983, is Sotpattana School for the Deaf. As well as serving many local children from poor families, the school has many pupils form the orphanage itself.
In 2013 the Rose Foundation covered the cost of new FM Digital hearing aids for many of the children at the school. Made individually to fit the specific shape of each child’s ear, these are also linked to a teaching programme that teaches lip reading skills. In our subsequent visits we have been able to see first-hand the improvement this has made to the children’s communication.
Seimens, the manufacturers of the hearing aids, generously matched the donation that the Rose Foundation made so that more could be purchased. At that time, we were only able to supply 10 hearing aids, despite there being 36 children currently at the school. We will continue to support Sotpattana School as they look to purchase further hearing aids in the future and as part of that ongoing commitment The Rose Foundation was able to purchase four new hearing aids in 2014.
In 2014 the Foundation sponsored the building of a covered walkway which runs around the orphanage complex linking the sleeping accommodation, dining hall, school and social spaces.
With the weather in Thailand tending to alternate between intense heat and incessant rain, the walkway provides protection from the elements, offering shelter and welcome shade. This is of great benefit to both staff and children when moving between buildings and congregating together in the dining hall for meals.
Our founder Maurice Dimmock was able to pay a visit in September 2014 just in time for the grand opening.
The management of the orphanage always like to give the children a special treat once in a while; so many benefactors are encouraged to sponsor a party for the children. The Rose Foundation has done this several times.
At these the children get a chance to sample some extra special food that they wouldn’t usually have on a day to day basis.
When the Thai 12 team visited in summer 2012, they were invited to one such party where the children enjoyed a big barbecue and some special sweet treats from a travelling crepe stall.
Soft Play Activity Centre
In May 2015 our founder, Maurice, had the pleasure and joy of being invited to the orphanage for the official opening of the most recent Rose Education Foundation sponsored project, a fully refurbished Soft Play Activity Facility.
This specialist play and learning space will enable the children to grow and develop skills in a safe and fun place.