Joy grew up in a socially committed family. In her childhood
she was surrounded by children who had no home and Joy's
parents took care of them. More and more they cared about
the children themselves and also needy children in their
village. Joy studied Home Economics in Chiang Mai and in
1998 opened, together with her large family, a guest house
for culturally interested travelers.
In 2001 she co-founded
the School for Life, which now has 140 children in a home
and education. In 2006 she gave the leadership to her sister,
In 2007, she founded Children's Shelter Foundation with
Ulrike Meister to help disadvantaged and disabled children
and to realize her family-oriented approach. In the future,
Joy will concentrate on the construction and management
of Children's Shelter Foundation.
Ulrike's life was and is shaped by social commitment.
Working in a loving and meaningful way with and for people
is her motive. Her goal is to create an environment that
allows people to grow from the inside out.
Ulrike studied social pedagogy and gained experience in various institutions
and projects with and for disabled people, old people and children.
This was followed by further training as a medical practitioner specializing
in Asian medicine. Before 2006, a children's charity project in Thailand decided
to utilize this, she worked in her own clinic for Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic
In 2007 she founded Children's Shelter Foundation, and
at the same time the Friends Children's Shelter Association
in Germany (Landsberg am Lech) with Joy Worrawittayakun.
In the future, Ulrike will concentrate on the construction
and management of Children's Shelter Foundation in Thailand.