Phuket Sunshine Village Projects
Helping Children in need became the main objective of the Club, and the idea of creating a village slowly became to grow.
The fund raising began in earnest and the response was overwhelming. The Lions Club decided to contact “Child Watch Phuket”, a local organization with in excess of 10 years experience in child care and protection. Child Watch Phuket were pleased to join forces with the Lions Club of Phuket Andaman Sea to bring the charity project to reality, and run it for years to come.
It was agreed to set up an independent Foundation with directors from the Lions Club of Phuket Andaman Sea and Child Watch Phuket. On the 17th of August 2005, the “Phuket Sunshine Village Foundation” was officially set up and legally recognized by the Thai authorities. Our Foundation was fortunate to subsequently secure an agreement with the French Red Cross, who financed and managed the construction of the village buildings.
After the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony on the 05.05.2006, construction started. The Village was completed after one year and officially opened on the 29.06.07. by the Governor of Phuket. The Village is now home to over 100 Children in need from Phuket and surrounding provinces.
Our goal was to set up a Children’s Village which could accommodate up to 100 orphaned and children in need. Our aim was to provide an atmosphere for the children which would be as close as possible to a normal family life. One of our priorities was to give the children a good education that would enable them a better future as they grew into adulthood.
Our project was to build a Children’s Village based on the concept of the SOS Kinderdorf (Children’s Village), first introduced by the Austrian Hermann Gmeiner in the small Tyrolean town of Imst in 1949. A Children’s Village revolves around the desire to give children, who are either orphaned or who are no longer able to live with their natural parents, a stable environment.
The Village focuses on family-based, long-term care of children. The children will experience reliable relationships and love once again, meaning that they can recover from what they have experienced, which has often been traumatic. They grow up in a stable family environment, and are supported individually until they become independent young adults or until the family situation improves drastically.
We assist our children to achieve a better future through developing their social skills, knowledge about Thai society and culture, teaching them about family values and responsibilities. An upbringing in a loving family-like environment with a nutritious diet and good health care are the most important aspects to ensure a better future for these children. The concept is based on four main aspects:
Every child needs the care of a parent who establishes a close relationship with each child.
The children grow up in a family with girls and boys of different ages as their siblings.
The family is part of a community that functions as a support system.
Biological siblings are not separated if possible and if this is in the children’s best interests.