During July Alison & I were in Phuket in Thailand and took the opportunity to visit the Phuket Sunshine Village. Our Club has supported this orphanage for the past two years. After the Tsunami in 2004 the Lions Club of Phuket Andaman Sea initiated a child sponsorship program and with financial help from the French Red Cross the village was completed in 2007 and now houses more than 100 children aged from 4 to 18. Many individuals and organisations around the world support the foundation in providing quality care for the children. Whilst many Lions Clubs in the UK and Europe are sponsors ours is the only Australian Club listed on the Foundation’s website as a sponsor.
On arrival at the site Alison & I were greeted by the staff and the Operations Director, Mrs Nuttisa and met the younger children in the day-care center. As it was a week day most of the children were away attending school. We were very impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the love & care that the children obviously get. All the areas and surrounds of the village were very clean and well maintained. Attention is given to developing the skills of the children so that they can achieve self-sufficiency as adults.
The Foundation has an excellent website which is worth a look. Just google Phuket Sunshine Village