Baan Jing Jai Opening Ceremony

Three years ago I photographed the laying of the first foundation stone at the Baan Jing Jai Children's Home. I was delighted to be invited back this week to document the opening ceremony of a really fine building.

Contributions from local and overseas donors have enabled the Construction Committee to fulfil their goal of building a home that offers inspiring surroundings for the resident children.

The home was officially opened by Mr. Kjetil Paulsen, His Excellency the Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia. Norwegian donors have made significant contributions to the building fund, especially the company and staff of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics in South East Asia.

As you can see from the photographs, the children were really excited at the prospect of moving into their fine new home. There's space for up to 100 children who will be able to enjoy the smart new home, which includes neat bedrooms, kitchen and dining room, a music studio and art room together with meeting rooms and staff offices.

It was good to be able to see the project come to fruition with some impressive, long-term support from donors and supporters from around the world.