BaanChivitMai started as a small ministry in the slums of Bangkok in 1989.
Eva Olofsson and a few others opened a center for handicapped youth so that they could get an education. To raise funds, they began making silk flowers which were then sold to benefit the ministry.
A few years later, the ministry moved to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Most of the children living there were at-risk, hill-tribe youth from poor mountain villages having little or no access to schools. Providing them a loving home and an education were the goals then as they are today.
In 1995, BCMF were able to buy a piece of land on the outskirts of Chiang Rai. Several different organizations helped build the dormitories and other structures. In 1997, the new campus was inaugurated. It now serves as the headquarters for all BCMF ministries in Thailand.
BaanEden was opened in 2001 for the purpose of housing HIV-infected children. A year later, BaanPhyagong was opened to host children from the most remote mountain villages. And finally, in 2002, the BCM Bakery in downtown Chiang Rai was inaugurated.
Eva Olofsson from Sweden, has been involved with social projects in Thailand since 1966. She began the ministry in the slums of Bangkok in 1989 and later moved her program to Chiang Rai. Now retired she lives in Sweden. Madeleine and Inge Ekelyck, her successors, act as program ambassadors, who travel around Scandinavia to communicate the work of BaanChivitMai.
Eva's work has drawn a lot of attention. In 2002, she was chosen as “Swedish Woman of the Year” by Swea, an association of Swedish women working abroad. Each year they recognize an individual who has contributed significantly in strengthening the connection between Sweden and other countries.
People sometimes ask how we cope. Helping a child to leave a life of despair and pursue a path of promise, is among the greatest rewards one can ever experience.
NOT DOING ANYTHING IS GIVING UP
A LIFE AMONG THE CHILDREN OF THAILAND
Office: +66 5377-4145
Director: +66 816 811 661
The BaanChivitMai Foundation, which means “Home for New Life”, is an independent local relief organization in Thailand that has saved several hundred children and youth from a life of prostitution and drug dealing. Through BCM's ministry, at-risk children and youth are provided with a safe place to live and the opportunity to attend public school. Your donation makes a difference by creating opportunities for children to have a new beginning and a new life.
BaanChivitMai, Chiang Rai
591 Moo 6, Ban Hua Doi
T.Tasai, A. Muang,
Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand