The Mercy Center is a Pattaya-based humanitarian organisation who provide help to needy children in Thailand. The following is a broad outline of their main missions and the goals that they hope to achieve:
– To provide a place for children who are at risk or who have been neglected to stay in safety. There are currently twenty four children under their care.
– To provide a scholarship programme that allows children who could not otherwise afford education to attend school by providing them with uniforms, books and learning materials and lunches as well as covering transportation costs.
– The provision and distribution of food, clothing and other necessities in slum areas.
– Visiting prisons to provide fruit, clean water and medicine.
The Mercy Center was established by Canadian Pastors Fred and Diane Doell. The pastors saw the poor conditions under which many underprivileged children in Thailand have to live and decided to do something about it. They founded the Victory Church in 2000 and the Mercy Center has been in operation since 2003. The organisation depends entirely on donations from individuals and organisations who appreciate their work and want to do something to help those less fortunate than themselves.
In March this year the Mercy Center brought twenty four children down to Koh Chang for a holiday. It was a great chance for kids who aren’t used to the holiday experience to enjoy the fun and excitement of a beach holiday in Koh Chang. Over three days they were taken Elephant Trekking and had a great time seeing the island, playing on the beach, in the sea and in the swimming pool. The Mercy Center were hosted by the owners, management and staff of 15 Palms Bar and Restaurant and Paddy’s Palms Irish Pub and Resort and they are grateful for their help in organising the holiday and making it such a success. The visit will now become an annual event and everyone is looking forward to next year’s visit.
If you would like to find out more about the Mercy Center, to volunteer your help or to make a donation or contribution then they can be contacted on this number: 086-688-5867, or you can visit their website at: www.mercypattaya.com