Please join us as family on September 21, 3:30pm, at St Joseph Convent School’s Trinity Hall, where the world-acclaimed pianist Marina Baranova will perform music to move, soothe, and uplift the spirit, all in the name of Mercy.
All proceeds will be given to our Mercy Centre in our efforts to protect, educate, and nurture Bangkok’s poorest and most vulnerable children. We have never turned away a child in need, and with kind friends and family, we never will.
You can purchase tickets on line at www.thaiticketmajor.com or call 02 262-3456.
We owe everything in our world of Mercy to our family and friends. You make our Mercy Centre more beautiful, more welcoming, and more joyful.
Naturally we want to share our most important experiences and events with you, and we hope to see you at the concert.
Thank you so much for all the ways that you support our efforts. Every kind word, every warm gesture…everything you do on our behalf is a life-changing gift for Thailand’s poorest children.
Last Friday our Mercy family children, house moms, house dads, kindergarten students, street kid students, teachers, social workers and many friends, strolled, danced and sang our way to Wat Saphan, our local slum temple, where we made merit in observance of Budhhist Lent. Visit our photo gallery here.
The 4th "Music 4 Kids" Bangkok blues festival is happening this coming weekend, May 31-June 1. This year the festival will be hosted by Apoteke Bar and Restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 11. Organized by Jeff Thomsen of the Soi Dog Blues Band, he is bringing together ten bands over two nights. Proceeds and t-shirt sales go to help our Mercy kids. It's fantastic music! Please join us!
Today was a special day at Mercy. Hundreds of the elderly poor in Klong Toey joined us for a Thai New Year luncheon feast and Songkran party. Monks from our local temple, Wat Saphan, chanted and gave blessings. Grandmas and grandpas danced to the old songs. And to make the day perfect, they taught their grandchildren the words, plus a few of the old dances and all the most important traditions. It was a beautiful day, and a wonderful reminder how blessed we are at Mercy to have thousands of caring friends and kind neighbors. (More photos at our Songkran gallery here.)
Wishing our friends and family around the world a happy, safe New Year holiday and year full of joy!
The Mercy Teams
Yesterday was a glorious day at our Mercy Centre. On the occasion of her birthday, HRH Princess Srirasmi visited our Mercy Centre to celebrate with our Mercy children, our kindergarten students, and all our house moms, house dads, teachers, and social workers. Our children renewed their vows to the Princess, promising to study hard and to be kind and generous. After receiving a luncheon feast from the Princess, our children also performed a classical Thai dance to the accompaniment of our Mercy kid orchestra. A spirit of joy filled the air.
Following her visit, HRH Princess Srirasmi gave honor to our poor neighbors in the 70 Rai neighborhood who had come to send their birthday wishes. The Princess spoke personally with our neighbors, asking about their circumstances, their families, and livelihoods; and wished everyone, young and old, great happiness.
Photos: Above, HRH Princess Srirasmi provides a birthday feast for our Mercy children and kindergarten students. Below, the Princess greets our poorest neighbors in the slums.
Last week our social workers took 45 street children to a place they could barely imagine, far away from their everyday cares.
In concert with the Railway Police and a gift from the Lego, the Denmark-based toy company, we transported 55 street kids to Dreamworld, a Bangkok theme park full of rollercoasters, exotic landscapes (Snowtown!), street performances, shows, and food and snacks galore.
Instead of slogging through the day by the railway station, begging for spare change, trying to survive while steering clear of danger, the children received a full day’s worth of Dreamworld coupons, which they exchanged for food, drinks, theme park rides, and shows – whatever they wanted. Nobody told them that they had to do this or that – they made their own decisions. The children had total license to enjoy a world full of dreams!
We want these children to know that we are on their side, that we will protect, defend, and counsel them whenever they are in need, that we will accept them for who they are, and that if they ever want to get off the streets and go to school, they are always welcome to live with us as a part of our family in Mercy Centre.
Photos: above, at the Hua Lamphong Station, below, Dreamworld!