The Wildflower Home Foundation
Project Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
The ancient city of Chiang Mai is located in the beautiful mountainous region of northern Thailand. While a popular tourist destination, women in the region face a range of challenges due to high rates of gender inequality and gender-based violence, with over 40 percent of women in the region experiencing the latter in their lifetime. Due to conservative traditional practices and beliefs, many women do not have access to education or adequate health care and are limited in their employment opportunities.
The Wildflower Home Foundation, run by Sister Anurak Chaiyaphuek and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, is working to improve this situation by providing vulnerable and marginalized single mothers and their children with a safe, healing and communal environment to recover and be comforted.
The Home is open to all young women in crisis, offering them opportunities to pursue education, as well as access to healthcare and much-needed emotional support. The aim is to equip vulnerable young women with a range of skills to restore their self-respect and self-sufficiency. It is a home full of love, support and security.
The Wildflower Home also ensures the children of these women receive full educations with those under four years of age being cared for in the Home’s day care centre while the older ones go to school daily. This allows mothers the opportunity to receive the individual care they so desperately require. The Sisters work hard to ensure both mother and child experience the love of Jesus Christ through sharing with them the importance of prayer, caring for others and practising self-care for themselves.
When it comes time for the women and their children to leave the Home, the Sisters work to ensure they are entering a supportive and loving community where they can continue to flourish.
The support of Catholic Mission through the Society for the Holy Childhood allows the Wildflower Home Foundation to continue providing this vital care, as funding allows for the purchasing of food and water, medical necessities, education costs, paying of staff, general maintenance of the facilities and the development of a farm and other income generating projects in the future.