- 085-908-6560, 081-306-3831, 02-003-4559
- 4128/1 Soi Bosth Mea Phra FatimaDin Dang Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
Good Shepherd Sisters Thailand
The Fatima Centre of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Thailand is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the quality of life of all those in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Under the expert direction of those whose sole concern is the welfare of others the Fatima Centre provides opportunities for women and young girls at risk in the community and to break out of the unending cycle of poverty.
The Fatima Shop has a wide range of handicrafts and fine embroidery work for sale from producer groups and craftspeople in Thailand. The money received from the sale of these handicrafts goes to support the Good Shepherd Sisters ministries and helps to improve the monetary income for people and families throughout the region.
This program caters for teenage girls from 60 provinces in Thailand. Predominantly from poor families, many come from broken homes or have a history of sexual abuse. All share in common the lack of opportunity for education and employment.
The Home offers counseling, medical care in an environment in which the single mothers feel loved and accepted. Pre- and post-natal care is given with much personal support engendered amongst the women themselves. The women take part in a daily program and classes involving regular visiting professionals. We prepare mothers for the future with parenting skills and the physical and emotional needs of infants.
A child with an education, is a youth with a future. In the northeastern villages of Thailand, due to the economic circumstances of families, the opportunity for children to further their education is not usually available. Whilst deemed by the United Nations as a universal right of every child, there are many deterrents to education, for a family’s basic needs come before the purchase of uniforms and books.
The Hands of Hope project, begun in 2005, provides villagers living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, with creative and dignified employment. The producers currently handcraft almost 700 designs of cards, decorations, mobiles, and gift items, using ‘saa’ paper as the main medium– sustainably made in Thailand from the mulberry tree.
The Outreach Programme began in 2000, primarily in response to the growing number of HIV and AIDS infections. It was the pre-antiretroviral medicines era and death was a constant companion. However, the sisters and their dedicated, professional staff, provided home nursing care and soon after, a community center to give much needed social support.
Known to many who have been associated with Good Shepherd Nong Khai since the early years as the Village Vocational Training Centre (VVTC), this project has now changed to the “Sufficiency Learning Centre – for human resource development and empowerment”. In the past ten years, lifestyle has changed for those living in rural communities.
The aim of the Center is to provide a place where friendship, education, healthcare, counseling and support are given in a safe and caring environment. Responding to the needs of women and children exploited by the sex tourist industry we started a drop-in-center for them in 1988. The women's project is well established now and is well known to women working in the bars in Pattaya.
Protecting and educating children who are victims of human trafficking and abuse, face homelessness and starvation, or have learning or behavioral difficulties. Through education children receive the knowledge and life skills they need to thrive, while in a safe, loving environment.
Since 2010, The Good Shepherd Phuket Town has been a solitary beacon of hope for the poor in slum areas around the fishing port in Phuket Town. Living in inhumane, unsanitary conditions in squalid encampments, many fall prey to unscrupulous employers in the construction industry or Human Trafficking.
Many poor girls and women have never had the chance to have a proper education. They have been forced into trades that they might never have chosen themselves, especially in Patong. The center was set up to provide English, hairdressing, computer and massage courses. They are given an opportunity to improve their education, change careers and earn a decent living. There are over 500 Thai women and men enrolled at the Center.
Located in a small village called Baan Ya, the new building is less than half a kilometer from the Saint Euphrasia Learning Center, which opened June 2014 with 60 students. The BanYa Literacy and Learning Centre is now housed in a new 8 room building. It has been built by the Thai property owner, Khun Tanit with additional funding from a number of individual and club sponsors.
Since 2012, volunteers in our thrift shop work to raise money. Our sales help to fund various projects and special needs of the Good Shepherd Phuket.
The Chiang Rai Good Shepherd Youth Centre began when the Good Shepherd Sisters realized how crucial it was to offer a safe refuge to the impoverished young women of the Hill Tribe regions of the Northern Thailand. The Centre opened in 1996 in Phan has help to bring light and hope to many lives.
In 2006, the sisters started the Good Life Project. This project taught the girls at the center as well as the ones that are studying at university and the older women how to make handicraft as a business venture.
The Wildflower House provides safety, education, health care, and other support to single women who are pregnant or with young children with the aim of helping them become independent. This target group faces many forms of discrimination on the grounds of being a woman, being poor, being an illegitimate mother, or being a tribal woman.
Through this daily program we are able to reach out to all the people in the community. Many of the people who attend the classes do not have the money to have private tuition classes. Every day about 139 children – teenage girls and boys – and young adults come to the Center. Young Mothers are able to share their life struggles with us and receive counseling after the classes. The young adults are working, and they need language skills.
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