Baan Unrak Children's Home

Sangklaburi, Thailand

Founded in 1991, Baan Unrak Children’s home provides temporary and permanent housing, food, education as well as emotional support to children and single mothers from Thailand and Myanmar.

The center also runs a weaving center, a bakery/café and a farm, all of which provide vocational training and revenue opportunities. Baan Unrak has a holistic approach, enabling families to stay together and allowing single mothers to work and/or develop skills at the center.

Why we work with them

3

Sources of revenue

16

Motivated staff

27

Years experience

Initiatives to generate income

Three sources of revenue represent great opportunity for the Home to decrease donor dependency, while having the benefit of also serving as platforms for vocational training and, in the case of the Bakery and the farm, providing healthy food for the Home.

Beneficiary empowerment

Most of the Home’s staff is also a beneficiary. This maximizes the Home’s impact by not only providing a stable home and education for children and women from at-risk and conflict areas, but while doing so, develop their earnings capacity and enabling them to take action to improve their own lives.

Highly motivated and loyal staff

Many key staff have worked at the home for over 20 years many are former children taken in by the Home. Former tenants who have acquired higher education and gained work experience elsewhere are now coming back to the Home to contribute to its growth

Track record of impact

The Home has been active for 27 years and are playing a crucial roles in giving a future to children and single mothers who otherwise would not have access to shelter, education or jobs.

What we are doing

Financial Support

• Salary for one skilled staff who was a formerbeneficiary of the Home

• Building of water reservoir

• Display cabinet and freezer for the Bakery

Non Financial Support

• Salary for one skilled staff who was a former beneficiary of the Home

• Building of water reservoir

• Display cabinet and freezer for the Bakery

Expected Outcome

• With the presence of the skilled staff, improved sense of trust and security within Home as a result of better communications as well as better deals with supplier and improved relationship with local authorities

• Reduced water shortage issues during periods of droughts

• Improved organisational capacity, leading to increase in sales revenue and potentially inc

Sucess Story

Chusak Kalayanatham

Chusak Kalayanatham first arrived at Baan Unrak when he was just six months old. This was 27 years ago, and Chusak was the first baby that had arrived at the children’s home, where he found a safe place to live and opportunities break out of poverty.

Over the last 26 years, he has graduated from Airline Business Management and became manager of a large business of frozen food importation to China. In 2017, he left his job in Bangkok and travelled 6 hours inland to return to Baan Unrak to serve his community.

Baan Unrak children’s home caught our attention, not only because of the 120 happy children that live and learn there, but because the organisation has also put in place a smart strategy that will allow them to become less donor-dependent while still doing their good work. They have a weaving centre that is run by some of the women that have ran away from war-torn Myanmar and took refuge at the home with their children. They also run a café that serves good quality vegetarian food for mostly tourists in the town, and they have a farm where they grow organic vegetable for the home’s own consumption but sell the surpluses at the local market. These three activities primarily provides skills training opportunities for the residents, both adults and children, but one of the Founder’s