”BANYA”   Helping all Those in Need


Kathu     *     Patong     *     Banya


Literacy – Mobile education – Temporary Shelter – Vocational Training

A response in Phuket Thailand  to the need for Child Protection and the empowering through education and training of women and children to secure a safe and independent pathway into the future

Many children of Burmese construction workers live in poor conditions in construction camps with no running water and little supervision. The Good Shepherd Order working with volunteers over the past five years established a literacy centre for some 250 children with 10 staff ensuring they can speak Thai and are able to sit tests making them eligible for entry into Thai and Burmese Schools.  Health and Well-Being in a sustainable environment is essential to learning and the centre provides clean drinking water, safe sanitation, nutritious meals, regular health and dental checks and will introduce a water safety program to ensure children can swim which is a major cause of child deaths in Thailand.

“The St Euphrasia Banya Literacy Centre is totally funded by the generous donations of the local and international community”

In Thavewong Road, Patong Phuket in two donated houses a major program operates to provide vocational training for women to undertake English language (assisted by overseas volunteers) and development training in Massage and Hairdressing.  Fees are minimal. This centre will be extended in 2019 to cater for 20-30 vulnerable Burmese students living in the Patong area.

Our immediate focus is to improve  the range of courses and the quality of instruction. To undertake this, major renovation is required and volunteers and donors are invited to assist in upgrading the houses, furniture and equipment.

 Banya sustains temporary accommodation in Kathu for women seeking emergency housing and particularly those who are pregnant with the focus on providing medical costs, transportation, food, counselling and therapy.

Anti-human trafficking and human rights protection will be addressed through a mobile education facility providing library material, counselling and therapy as well as training in health, law, environment and child protection.

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    Provide school meals to the students 5 days per week.

    Currently we are able to fund hot meals 2 days per week for the students.  Our aim is to increase this to 5 days ensuring we provide access to a hot cooked meal for each and every child at banYa.

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