Although Pattaya is best known for its vibrant nightlife, golf and water sports, the city has several worthy charities that do a lot of fantastic work for the local community. In addition to our list of larger charities, you will frequently see one-off events held to promote a particular cause. It is something that many of the local motorbike clubs are renowned for. It would be impossible and unfair to list the “best” charities in Pattaya as they are all equally important in their own way but here are six charities that you may consider donating to.
Father Ray Foundation
The Father Ray Foundation is located on the Sukhumvit Road and cares for and educates around 850 underprivileged and disabled children. They are incredibly transparent with how the money they receive is distributed with an impressive 84% being spent directly on projects in 2018. They are credited with improving and even saving the lives of thousands of children since they were founded in 1986. You can visit their website here.
As the name would suggest, Pattaya Orphanage is an orphanage providing housing, care and education to orphaned children in the area. It is located on the Sukhumvit Road, close to St. Nikolaus Catholic Church. The Orphanage is continually hosting events to raise money for the children in their care, and no child is ever turned away. Again, the vast majority of the funds that they receive go back into care for the children. You can visit their website here.
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Hand to Hand Foundation
The Hand to Hand Foundation is a Christian charity assisting with the human rights of people in Thailand regardless of their age. They are located in Suksabai Villa 3 in South Pattaya. The charity runs a pre-school for children from local slums enabling them to get some form of education and proper meals. The foundation also visits local hospitals, slums and prisons offering support and guidance. You can visit their website here.
MERCY Pattaya is located behind Big C off South Pattaya Road. They are a small Christian charity in Pattaya which as has been run by missionaries since first opening its doors in 2002. They believe in helping Pattaya’s poorest people providing food, clothing and care. They also visit slums and prison, offering much-needed support and guidance. You can visit their website here.
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The Shelter Centre is located just off Soi Nernplabwan in East Pattaya. In was founded in 2014 to offer shelter to homeless children and adults from Pattaya and the surrounding areas. They provide education to children and training to adults to help them to make a fresh start in life. The charity also helps women and children who have been the victims of both sexual and physical abuse.
Fountain of Life Women’s Centre
The Fountain of Life Women’s Centre is located on Naklua Soi 25 and is a charity that has been established to help marginalised women. Some may have been in involved in the sex industry; some may have been the victims of sexual or physical abuse while others have some form of disability. You can visit their website here.