year 2006 / 2007
It all started when Joy Worrawittayakhun and Ulrike Meister
from Germany met at the Social Welfare Project "School
for Life" which was founded by Joy, in cooperation
with her sister Siriporn in 2003. From 2006 to 2007 Joy
and Ulrike developed, guided and supported a whole new
family concept for 140 children and 20 teachers. Their
aim was to create a warm and caring environment for the
children in cohabitation with their teachers.
In 2007 however, they handed over the management of the
School for Life to Joy's sister Siripon.
The year 2007 / 2008
In March 2007 Joy and Ulrike founded the Children's Shelter
Foundation, a social welfare project under Thai law.
Joy's family donated land on the hillsides, about 30 minutes
north of Chiang Mai and with the funds Ulrike raised through
her newly set up association in Germany, "Verein
Freundeskreis Children's Shelter e.V. ", their project
could be initiated swiftly.
Lakeland is now the new home to deaf children but also
for children from difficult backgrounds, poor children,
streetchildren and orphans.
In 2008 the project "Chance to Study" was introduced
by the Children's Shelter Foundation. The program of the
approved Learning Center offers further practical and professional
education to orphans and the most underprivileged children.
The year 2009
The CSF has already been able to become more self sufficient
thanks to the proceeds from the organic farm and the promoting
of sensitive tourism.
*see program "Holiday & Charity".
The workshops “classroom without walls” for
International Schools are outstanding and highly recommended
by the Presidents of PREM and APIS. (International Schools
The long term goal is to become "a small social enterprise.