The Lighthouse Children's Home operates as a large family and is registered as a social welfare project funded solely by donations outside of Thailand. The children are driven to/from school to study in local Thai schools. They stay at the Lighthouse year-round with the school year running mid-May through mid-March. During school breaks, the children stay at the Lighthouse because of their home or family situation. Some are able to visit their village and relatives with Terra and the caretakers taking them for the day. There are currently 17 children/young adults with a max capacity of 20 children.

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About Us

Poom came to the Lighthouse when he was 10 years old. He is a part-time assistant caretaker and graduated from the emmaus bible school and emmaus ministry school. Poom also travels to other children homes throughout Thailand as an assistant field director. 

May has been at the Lighthouse since she was in the 5th grade. May attends Mae Jo University studying Political Science. She assists with purchasing the food, cooking part-time, and overseeing the girls at the Lighthouse.

Terra founded the Lighthouse in 2009 and has worked in other Christian children homes in Thailand since 2006. Originally from Southern California, Terra will be in Thailand for the long-term.

Woot has grown up at the Lighthouse and is a part-time assistant caretaker and college student. He is currently in his last year of earning a B.A. in English Communications at the International College at Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. 


Sam is the assistant overseer of the Lighthouse and manages the general operations, maintenance, and any construction and renovation projects onsite. He drives the children to school and church, and also handles purchases and trains staff and students.               

Jo is the first graduating student at the Lighthouse. After finishing a 2-year college degree in agriculture, Jo returned as a full-time caretaker and has been working with the kids for 3 years. He is learning how to run all areas with the desire to open a children's home one day.

Part-Time Caretakers / College Students

In addition to serving at the Lighthouse, Terra also assists non-profit Christian organizations as an in-country volunteer consultant with project and financial accountability. She serves more than 1,150 children in over 30 children homes and churches in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand.

the Lighthouse Children's Home

Da has been at the Lighthouse since she was 10 years old. She is a part-time assistant caretaker and is studying Global Business at the International College at Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. She assists with part-time cooking, caretaking, and overseeing the girls at the Lighthouse.

Terra Yito

How the Lighthouse works