One of the Projects APAS supported in its 2004 Asian Tsunami Relief program was an orphanage in Pang Nga, Thailand called Home and Life. When we met home and life, they were just getting started. We assisted them in building their first dormitories for the children, and in securing the land that their orphanage was on. At the time they had 15 kids all orphaned by the tsunami. They have since built a bakery and coffee shop on site, where they teach the kids skills they can use later in life. They are somewhere near 25 children now. They keep in touch with APAS, and although literally thousands of volunteers have come and gone over the last 6 years, they have always expressed great gratitude for the help APAS gave to them in the beginning.
They were recently featured on Thai television here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3YM2KE1NWs&feature=player_embedded
The bakery and orphanage start to show up around the 6 minute mark.
The couple that run the orphanage are doing a fine job. The video is a little long, but worth in to see how happy and healthy these children seem to be, despite a rough start in life. While all of the credit for that goes to the wonderful people that are there every day, APAS can take great pride in their success as well, knowing that we gave a useful nudge in the beginning. Watching this video makes me proud to be an APAS member.