Don Bosco Home
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Don Bosco Home is situated in the north of Thailand in the cultural centre of Chiang Mai. The home provides accommodation and education to poor young men from the northern hill tribes of Thailand the surrounding areas in Chiang Mai. The young men are aged from 15 – 19 years old and attend a local technical school during the day. The home also has a farm nearby that aims to ensure that the home is self-sustainable and is also a place for agricultural training.
Don Bosco Home Chiang Mai was founded in 2006 and officially opened in 2009. It is located on an area of 3.6 acres (9 Rai of land). The objective is to help teenagers from hill tribes and ethnic groups in Thailand to receive the opportunity to continue their education in a 3-year career training programme. By so doing, the teenagers will have sufficient knowledge and competence to be able to make decent living, support themselves and their families, live their spirit-filled lives with dignity in the society and perform their religious activities.
At present, Don Bosco Home, Chiang Mai, has 3 dormitories for boys (each unit can accommodate 20-25 persons), 3 shower and toilet buildings, 2 laundry buildings, one dining and kitchen building, one library, one study room, one football field, one basketball field, 2 worker houses and one priest house. There is also Mary Help of Christians chapel in the centre of Don Bosco Home. Don Bosco Home can offer career training for 80 boys and Salesian vocation training for 20 boys (open for students of Grades 7-9). The Salesians are also involved in working with the Sacred Heart Fathers in Mae Ponn, in a remote forest location. Young people, mainly from the Karen tribes attend school there are learn together to become self-sufficient. When the young people finish middle school they can go to Don Bosco Farm in Saankampheng and become qualified in agriculture. Those who want to take up other studies are accepted in the Don Bosco Home in Doi-Saket.
Don Bosco Home needs volunteers to work in the following areas:
- living with and mentoring young men from the home
- conducting afterschool tutoring sessions and evening activities
- teaching English as a second language (ESL)
- teaching agriculture at the Don Bosco farm
- giving formation talks, workshops or retreats on personal and spiritual development