Opened in 2008, the children’s village consists of ten houses, which are home up to eight children in each.
Young children who are orphaned, abandoned or neglected will find a home at the Father Ray Children’s Village.
They lived as part of a family, with new brothers and sisters, all cared for the by the lady who will support them, take care of them, when they are sick, congratulated them when they are good, disciplined them when they are naughty and who the children will call mother.
They attend school each day, and just like all the children in our care, they will have the chance to go on to further education at vocational college or university once they finish their studies at school.
At the Father Ray Children’s Village the children are safe from risk of harm. They have a peaceful environment to grow and they are learning to live not just as part of a family, but also as part of a community.
Statement from Daniel Latigo - trip 2017
When we first started our Thailand mission on the second day after we arrived in Thailand, we went to the Children’s Village - some of us were quite nervous but some of us just got stuck in. We gave the children some toys, shoes and other gifts and then we began playing with them. Even though, we couldn’t speak Thai we were able to smile and play together, this made it easier for us to communicate. I remember that when I was playing football with one particular child, I got skilled and he was definitely better than me at football. I was surprised at what he could do and how he ‘nutmegged’ me twice. A little performance was given by the Children’s Village kids and we gave a performance too, I felt really welcomed by them. During the following week, we took the Children’s Village to the zoo where we got to take pictures with the elephants, watch the elephant show and watch the cultural show of Thailand. The children were really happy to go and they really enjoyed themselves. Finally, we went to the Children’s Village to give them new mattresses’ and pillows for their beds, and we fitted it for them. After that we played with the children for a bit.
On Sunday 22nd October, we were split into two groups where some of us painted the wall in the Children’s Village and the other half went to the farm and were doing either the weeding on the field or working on the pig sties.
Statement from Danielle Ankrah-Anobah - trip 2017
We visited the children’s village a few times. On our first trip there we took with us many gifts which included stationary sets, dollies and football boots. We also took with us face painting to transform the kids into lions and rainbows. I played a bit of basketball with some of the kids, then got engaged in some dancing, in which a Thai boy was teaching me one of his dance routines. It was all a great laugh. We came back to the children’s village to also provide them with new pillows, bed sheets and blankets which we laid down on the beds ourselves. It felt so good to provide the kids with something cozier to sleep in. In addition, we re-painted their walls which I found to be one of the more interesting activities we did. I was re-painting the wall with the Sacred Heart symbol.
I was very proud of the finished work that Mailat, Nia and myself had done.
Statement from Omonyemen Ifidon - trip 2017
On our first day, we were went to the children's village. I can honestly say I have never met such funny, witty and switched on children. Somehow, despite the language barrier, all of us managed to connect with the children. I finally let myself go, doing things that I wouldn't even dream of doing usually. I allowed my face to be painted in awful shades of red and green, but my friend was having the time of her life and surprisingly I was too. The next day was my birthday, which was emotional, but I was treated amazingly and I thoroughly enjoyed my day.
Statement from Minty Taylor-Kamara - trip 2015
One of the places we visited and spent time at during our Thailand trip was the Father Ray Children's village, a branch off the main home. Similar to the Children's home, the kids who live in the village have been taken in by the organisation, cared for and given a safe place to eat, play, rest and learn. I think I speak on behalf of the Sacred Heart who came on the trip in saying that the kids there were simply amazing. Upon our arrival at the centre, they greeted us with a special welcome song and they were extremely keen to play with us even under the boiling hot sun. We played badminton, made loom bands, went on the slide and taught them a few of our games like duck duck goose, whilst they taught us some of their very complex skipping games- which really tired me out. They even gave us a small dance lesson on one of the days we were there, which was surprisingly very very fun. One of the little girls I met at the village was called Dong and she was extra enthusiastic at teaching me new things. She struggled to pronounce my name (Mabs) all the time that I was there, and she would continuously call me mum and this really touched my heart.
All in all, although unfortunately we only got to visit the Children's home a few times, I deeply enjoyed visiting the Children's village and spending time with the wonderful children there. I can say that it was definitely one of the best experiences through the course of the trip.