HDF Mercy Center Bangkok. One of our most popular team building events in Bangkok, Thailand involved working with the HDF Mercy Center where children are given bicycles from our Missing Link, team building bicycle building workshop.
This Bangkok team building event is ‘all about giving’ and includes numerous children’s items such as comic books, toys etc donated to the HDF Mercey Center Bangkok, Thailand
The HDF Mercy Center Bangkok began as a single one-baht-a-day preschool, and has since expanded into a network of over 30 schools all over Bangkok, which have graduated an estimated 35,000 children. Today, in addition to schools, HDF operates orphanages and homes for street kids, assists children and adults living with AIDS, provides emergency assistance and home repair to slum families affected by crippling floods and fires, acts in cooperation with community members to mediate activities involving welfare organizations, housing authorities, governmental agencies and the Port Authority of Thailand.
In 2000, a gift from Atlanta businessman and philanthropist John M. Cook allowed for the major physical expansion of Mercy facilities. The multi-structure compound includes a 400-pupil kindergarten, a home for street kids, a home for mothers and children with AIDS, a 26-bed free AIDS hospice, a legal aid anti-trafficking unit, and various administrative offices that oversee operations ranging from a sponsor-a-child program, to community health and outreach services. The Centre includes a house for Father Joe on Mercy grounds, the terms of the donation having stipulated that he move out of the Slaughterhouse slums and away from the ostensible health hazards of slum living.
Father Joe has been both praised and criticized for his broad religious philosophy. In a 2004 PBS documentary, he described himself as having been “converted” by Buddhists and Muslims, remarks that have stirred some controversy. He made a similar comment in 2008, when he told CNN, “Buddhists and Muslims taught me how to be a Christian.” Mercy is regularly sought out by foreign dignitaries. Recent visitors have included Prince Alfred and Princess Raffaela of Lichtenstein in March 2003; AIDS activist and American film actor Richard Gere in July 2004; and American president George W. Bush in August 2008.
HDF Mercy Center Bangkok, Thailand
Father Joe is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in recognition of his life’s work. In 2004, he was personally thanked by Queen Sirikit as the foreigner who has made the most significant contribution to the protection of the women and children of Thailand at the HDF Mercey Center Bangkok, Thailand.
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100/11 Kae-ha Klong Toey 4,
Dhamrongratthaphiphat Rd., Klong Toey,
Bangkok 10110 Thailand.
Phone: (662) 671-5313
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