Camillian Home is a registered non-profit children's charity operating on behalf of the St. Camillus Foundation of Thailand in the area of Lat Krabang, Bangkok.
The founder and director is Father Giovanni Contarin, an Italian priest, who began his work in Thailand with HIV/AIDS children in 1995 by establishing the Camillian Social Center Rayong. The center is unique in its concept in that it addresses the issue of HIV/AIDS with a series of integrated activities. All the children are brought up in a family setting, having access to care and Anti Retro Viral medication and can look forward to a bright future.
After all the years of working with HIV/AIDS children, Fr. Giovanni proposed a new project in Thailand after a pair of Italian benefactors left an endowment to the St Camillus Foundation. Since we already had five HIV/Disabled orphaned children living with us at Camillian Social Center Rayong Fr. Giovanni decided to use these funds to assist with the construction of Camillian Home ; a new project targeting children who are not only living with HIV/AIDS but are also disabled. A special facility designed to allow each child and to receive specialized care and treatment, in an environment that encourages and develops the capability of each child, no matter the severity of their situation. The children are stimulated mentally and physically thanks to a full time staff of caretakers, physical therapists and our resident nurse. The Camillian Home is the only facility in Thailand dedicated to caring for these children in a family atmosphere. The children know their care takers as “Ma” and “Pa”, which means mother and father in Thai. Opened in June of 2008, up to now 28 children are under the care of Camillian Home. The long term outlook is to provide direct care for up to 70 children. The Home is designed to be a model for other institutions in all aspects of helping the sick and disabled children of Thailand.
Activities and Target Group of Camillian Home
- Orphaned Children living with HIV/AIDS who are also disabled
- Orphaned/abandoned disabled children
- Free day care service and transportation for disabled children living in poverty
- Abandoned HIV/AIDS women with disabled children
- Training/Advocacy programs to improve home care for the disabled
- Outreach to improve the quality of care for HIV/AIDS/disabled children in other institutions
FAQ: Are you a religious organization?
No, we are directed by members of a Catholic community called the "Camillians" but our children are brought up and taught values based on their own beliefs and cultural backgrounds. Everyone is free to express and follow their faith, whatever it may be.