t Home and Life children's home, Sundays are free days.
Younger children swim in the shallow river and call up to the kitchen for Rassa “Mother Tai” Maneejak to watch as they jump from clumps of reeds into the fast-flowing water. Older children make their way downstream, clambering in and out as they search the jungle for bamboo shoots.
Lunch is served to whoever is there at the time – wet-headed children, visiting parents, volunteers and neighbors. Everyone gets a plate.
Home and Life began as a house to care for children orphaned by the tsunami, but its mission has since expanded to include children with one or more living parent unable to care for them. The founders’ purpose is clear: This is a family, not an institution.