2nd Happy Cleaning Day

by Paddy Maclachlan

Jomtien’s popular Dongtan Beach is now a good deal more spick-and-span thanks to a clean-up operation by a team of kids and tots from Happy Home by Shelter Center Pattaya.

The clean-up crew of 25 children and three supervisors from the center hit the beach April 2 and spent all morning picking up litter. By the end of their stint, they had filled and hauled away a pile of garbage bags.

The second Happy Cleaning Day event was sponsored by Tulip House and supported by Pattaya Today newspaper, Just Nice Photography, and partners Share & Raise, Exchats and Radio Thai FR.

The Shelter Center provides a safe environment and education for approximately 25 migrant workers’ children ages 3-13 years. The children are either orphaned from dysfunctional homes or are the offspring of illegal immigrants and are thus unable to enjoy state schooling.

“Without places like the Shelter Center, these kids have very few chances in life and face an extremely bleak future,” says Nong – KMP caretaker.

“We are a shoestring operation, run by just a handful of people with very limited resources,” she says. “We simply can’t help all the people that we’d like to, so these kids are lucky that we can offer them what we can. I know they really appreciate it.

“So we encourage them to show their appreciation and give something back to the community with events like this Happy Cleaning Day.”

The Shelter Center survives entirely on kindness and voluntary donations. If you would like to help in any way, or find out anything more about it, visit Sheltercenterpattaya facebook page or call 087 133 8282.

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