PSC AND FRIENDS HELP BAN PAK RAKPUAN
PATTAYA SPORTS CLUB AND FRIENDS HELP
BAN PAK RAKPUAN BUILD A NEW HOME
I had heard about a small centre near Mapbrachan Lake caring for adults living with HIV. My first exploration to discover the whereabouts of Ban Pak Rakpuan (known as The Glory Hut Foundation) ended in failure. A phone call to the centre asking for help resulted in a motor bike coming to my aid and leading me on to a small unmade path which I had passed many times previously , hidden between some trees. At the end of the path, a warm welcome was waiting as was a wooden hut which housed 10 residence that had HIV and some with TB.
But they were told they had to move. Fortunately, they found 3 small houses to rent which, thankfully were easier to find, but soon became overcrowded to the extent that they had to erect tents outside the houses to accommodate everyone for their were now 40 residents. Pattaya Sports Club and friends purchased some bunk beds, which helped the situation, but further expansion was impossible. Being the only centre of its kind outside Bangkok, they were often asked to take in another resident or two but this was not possible. This situation did not sit well with Khun Muay who is a caring lady and believed they should be in a position to help others in need.
Something had to be done. They were continually looking for additional space and, as luck would have it, a gentleman of the church had a spare plot of land which he offered to Rakpuan at a very low rent, to use as they saw fit. Overgrown with years of non-use, the first step was to clear the site and discover exactly what they had and the possibilities quickly became obvious. They discovered more space than they could wish for and it even had a house which could be used as a church, office and store areas and so the planning and hard work begins.
Pattaya Sports Club, some good friends of PSC including the Growling Swan Bar in Pattaya, Nigel Oakes, Walter Bolf and TFI have donated considerable sums to the development of the site to fund the building of toilets, a kitchen, a sala and, with vivid imagination painted the houses with bright, cheerful colours, both big and small. The buildings were completed by volunteers, but mainly, the residents of Rakpuan and when you remember that they are living with HIV and are perhaps a little frail, the effort they put into developing the site is nothing short of amazing and they have not finished yet.
They moved onto the site during August and they will consider how many more residents they can accommodate to help with their problems. By living with others in a similar situation, their problems are shared and they support each other in times of stress..
If you feel that you would like and are able to help Rakpuan in any way whether it is financial or a donation of clothes or other items please contact the PSC. Remember 500 baht can purchase 25 kilos of rice. Every little helps.