Thailand’s First Ever Inclusive Playground and Aqua Therapy Pool for Children Living with Disabilities to be Unveiled at Camillian Home this September

Bangkok – Camillian Home invites all members of the public to join its “Colors of the Heart” charity event on Sunday, September 8, 2013 which will mark the official opening of the inclusive Enfa Playground and aqua therapy pool. Both projects have been created for the benefit of disabled children and families from the entire Bangkok area.

The inclusive playground is the first of its kind to be built in Thailand. It is fully accessible by children of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs. Currently, Camillian Home is waiting for a shipment of two adaptive swing sets coming from the US which will enable wheelchair-bound children to safely use the swings. 

Long-term Camillian Home volunteer, Faisal Malik says, “What you see now is only the beginning. We are also building an outdoor sensory park with musical instruments, as well as a sports field, and much more. At Camillian Home we believe that there is one standard for all children, regardless of their physical abilities or illnesses. In fact, every community should have similar facilities to care for children with special needs. All of these projects were made possible by the generosity of our sponsors.”

The inclusive playground was funded by Mead Johnson Nutrition, Thaiyarnyon, and Southwest Greens Thailand with a total contribution of THB800,000.

 “It has always been a part of our mission to better the lives of children, so we are honored to be a part of this project. We believe that Camillian Home is a great organization that is doing an exceptional job taking care of special needs children.  We plan to continue offering our support whenever we can,” said Blair Sailes, General Manager of Mead Johnson Nutrition (Thailand).

A handful of sponsors were responsible for the construction of Camillian Home’s aqua therapy pool that allows handicapped children to receive physical therapy with more ease and enjoyment. This specially designed pool enables children with severe physical disabilities to exercise in ways that are only possible in water. The kids can also breathe more easily and they can exercise for longer periods of time.

Sponsors of the aqua therapy pool include the Embassy of Luxembourg, Emmaus Zurich, British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy, Sasin University, DAS Studio Architects, Ruamrudee International School, Harrow International School, Fondazione PRO.SA, and The Art of Living Foundation who have contributed a total of 2 million baht.

Camillian Home will give thanks and recognition to all who have helped to build the inclusive playground and aqua therapy pool on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the “Colors of the Heart” event which will take place at Camillian Home, Latkrabang. The all-day event will start from 10am and end at 5pm with games for children, live music performances, and plenty of food and drinks. All are welcome to join!

About Camillian Home:

Established in 2009 by Father Giovanni Contarin, Camillian Home is a registered non-profit children's charity providing care and treatment for children living with disabilities and serious illness. Situated in Latkrabang, Camillian Home is one of the few facilities in Thailand dedicated to caring for these abandoned children in a family atmosphere, and it aims to serve as a model in caring for vulnerable children with special needs.

For more information please contact:

(Eng) Yvonne Liang: +668 6533 0402  

(Thai/Eng) Lalita Sattayanukul: +668 3755 1766