Iíve previously mentioned on this
blog that Bruce Comstock and Terry Fitzgerald bought copies of the special
edition of A Killing Smile. The proceeds of both sales have been used to buy
clothing and supplies for the children who live at Home Hak. In the photograph
below you can see the fifty sweaters, other clothing, lotion, soap, skin cream,
etc. which we bought with the money. The shipment will go out this week by
overnight bus. Thanks once more to Bruce and Terry.
Hereís more information about the
people who operate Home Hak. Suthasinee Noiin has been the driving force,
working as an independent social worker for over 30 years. She's established her
Home Hak (which means "Love Center" in Isan) over 20 years ago. It received
support from Japanese Embassy (to build the building for the kids) 7 years ago
(the support has long finished). The lady is known as Mae Tiew. She is not doing
so well now. In fact, sheís dying of cancer.
The Suthasinee Foundation
now has 17 social workers. She remains the chairman but after she has passed on,
the same set of people will continue to work there and the kids will remain
there with the center (but they will leave when they turn 18). The foundation
relies solely on private donations.
The foundation relies on private
donations. Their expenses are so large that they don't have enough money. Now
that Suthasinee Noiinís dying, how well the center will continue to be run,
given they don't have a sympathetic figure like her to draw public sympathy, is
an open question.
You donít have to buy a book to
help. You can do so directly.
Cash donations can be made to one of the
foundation accounts (for my record):
Siam Commercial Bank, Yasothorn Branch
A/C Name: Suthasinee Noiin Foundation for Children and Youth
Thai Military Bank, Yasothorn Branch
Suthasinee Noiin Foundation for Children and Youth
A/C No.: 437-2-13090-8
Any transfer made should be notified by fax: +66-(0)45-722-241.
The Home Hak orphanage address:
Suthasinee Noiin Foundation for
Children and Youth (Baan Home Hak)
No. 3 Moo 12, Baan Pracha Sawan
Tadthong District, Muang, Yasothorn 35000