NGO cares for and educates 850 underprivileged children and students with disabilities
440 Moo 9, Sukhumvit Road km. 145 Nongprue, Banglamung
038 428 717 www.fr-ray.org
The Father Ray foundation is named after Father Ray who provided from 1974 a home, education and care for homeless, abused and disabled children in Pattaya. Today, they have several social projects that contribute to a better life for vulnerable children.
Contribution to well-being
The Father Ray foundation believes that child protection is everyone’s responsibility. They recognize the unique and individual worth of each child and are committed to nurturing, protecting and safeguarding children and young people
The Father Ray Foundation’s projects are for instance:
- Pattaya Redemptorist Technological College for People with Disabilities
Since it’s opening in 1984 more than three thousand young adults with a disability have graduated in Computer Business, Computer Programming, or Electronic Repair. Each course last three years and the school provides education, accommodations, meals and health care free of charge. In return, the school expects the students to study hard, pass their examinations and join the workforce as worthwhile members of society. The school also encourages the students to take up a sport. In the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games two former students won gold medals.
- Pattaya Redemptorist (Vocational) School for the Blind
Since mid 1980’s, it has provided blind and visually impaired children with an education that will give them the opportunity to become independent members of society. They teach students from braille to vocational and life skills.
- Father Ray Children’s Village
Since 1990 the Father Ray Foundation has offered a safe place for street kids to stay. Children have arrived from all over the Kingdom and are encouraged to go to school. any completed their education and went on to study at vocational colleges and university campuses throughout the Kingdom.
In 2008, we opened the Father Ray Children’s Village, a few kilometers away from the Home, providing a home for young children, too young to live at the Children’s Home.
The young children live in ten small houses, taken care of by a house mother.
On December 31st 2019 the Children’s Home closed its doors and the children moved into new homes at the Children’s Village, all paid for by generous donors.
An old African proverb states that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. The lucky children who have found a home at the Father Ray Children’s Village will grow up knowing what it is like to be part of a loving family and a happy community, and they will have a home for as long as they need one.Video Play
- Father Ray Day Care Center
Each morning youngsters from the poorest areas of Pattaya arrive to spend the day in a safe environment while their parents go off to work. They get breakfast on arrival, as many have no food at home, lunch and snacks. A nurse visits once a month to check on their health. They learn to socialize and are trained to go to a government kindergarten.
- Father Ray School for Children with Special Needs
Here, volunteers come and have a lasting impact on the lives of our students and children, volunteers really do make a difference!
Volunteers work across all of our projects. A volunteer could be teaching English at the Technological College for People with Disabilities, then playing some English games at our School for Children with Special Needs. In the afternoon go to School for the Blind and take some children for a walk on the beach, then on Saturdays go to our Children’s Village where the kids will run a riot for two hours. Other volunteers work in our Day Care Center, helping youngsters from some of the poorest areas of Pattaya.