Human Development Foundation HDF mercy centre

we stand together with the poor

We work to help the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok. Together with our neighbors in the slums we create simple-but-progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. We build and operate schools, improve family health and welfare, protect street children’s rights, combat the AIDS crisis, respond to daily emergencies, and offer shelter to orphans, to street children, and to children and adults with AIDS – always together, hand in hand and heart to heart with the people we serve … (Mission).

Mercy OrphanagesMercy Schools; Janusz Korczak School; Combating AIDS; Anti Trafficking; Volunteer;
Address: The Human Development Foundation HDF, 100/11 Kae-ha Klong Toey 4, Dhamrongratthaphiphat Rd., Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110 Thailand;

Community Services: Mandate: To empower the men and women living in Bangkok’s slum communities by giving them knowledge about their rights, providing access to everything that is, by right, their own, and by transferring our experience to them so that their communities will continue to improve in future generations.  

Origins/History: This program has been in existence since the HDF founder, Father Joe Maier, first arrived in the Klong Toey slums in 1973. In the early 1980s, the HDF developed the resources to build and renovate slum communities; and the National Housing Authority began turning to the HDF for assistance. By 2003, the HDF had completed the construction or renovation of over 10,000 homes in the slums. As with construction and housing, all our community efforts have been initiated to fill a void in a critically needed service for the poor. We meet each problem by starting with modest yet practical solutions in one poor neighborhood and then refining and expanding their implementation into the greater slum communities.

Geographic Coverage: Greater Bangkok.

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