Da has been at the Lighthouse since she was 10 years old. She is a part-time assistant caretaker and is in her 3rd year studying Global Business at the International College at Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. She assists with part-time cooking, caretaking, and looking after the girls' dorm at the Lighthouse.
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. After the children graduate high school, they help out as part-time caretakers while they attend college or bible school. There are currently a total of 20 children/young adults/staff.
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Saowanee (Sa) has grown up at the Lighthouse since the 2nd grade. She is a part-time assistant caretaker and is studying English Communications at the International College at Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. She assists with part-time cooking, caretaking, and staying with the girls at the Lighthouse.
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 assists Terra in liaison work with other children homes as an assistant field director by traveling to check on the children and ministry projects throughout Thailand.
Sherry has been helping to oversee the Lighthouse since July 2020 while Terra has been trying to return to Thailand. She also has a women's ministry working closely with hill-tribe women. Sherry helps oversee general operations, caretaking of the children, and often cooks for the kids. She will assist at the Lighthouse until whenever Terra can return.
May has been at the Lighthouse since she was in the 5th grade. May will begin her last year at Mae Jo University studying Political Science. She assists with purchasing the food, cooking part-time, and taking care of the kids at the Lighthouse.
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 and Thailand.
Suda has been at the Lighthouse since she was 7 years old. She is a part-time assistant caretaker and studying Global Business at the International College at Rajabhat University, Chiang Mai. She assists with part-time cooking, caretaking, and looking after the girls at the Lighthouse.
Terra founded the Lighthouse in 2009 and has worked in other Christian children homes in Thailand since 2006. With the Lighthouse she partners closely with other children homes, social welfare projects, and local church ministries. Originally from Southern California, Terra will be in Thailand for the long-term.
Chalaw is the full-time caretaker that stays onsite in the boys' dorm and assists Sam with general operations. He leads bible study with the children and is also the lead caretaker for the kids. He will be on board at Lighthouse mid-2021. He has been at the Lighthouse since he was 14 years old.
Sam has been the assistant overseer of the Lighthouse since 2014. He 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.
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