Duangjai Meechai (Lek)

Charity & Causes

The TCHC would like to introduce you to a Thai woman whom the team sponsored for several years when she was a teenager. Her name is Duangjai Meechai, nicknamed Lek, and she was born on June 14, 1992. At three months of age, her parents gave Lek and some money to an old woman to raise her – then Lek’s parents disappeared.

Lek lived with the old woman, who made a living selling fish food, and in the beginning, she went to school, but as times got tough, the old woman put Lek to work and did not let her go to school. The Public Welfare Office learned of the situation, and Lek was placed under the care of the Mercy Centre and was there until she graduated high school. Then, she went to university in Norway, partially funded by TCHC sponsorship and partially by scholarships.

The Tokyo Canadians began sponsoring Lek in 2006, and a lot happened for this young woman since then. The Mercy Centre located her father, and Lek remained in school – which is not always easy for teenagers in Thailand. However, Lek continued to study hard, and her English improved immensely over the years.

When TCHC team members visited Lek and her friends, she took charge of the situation, translated for the team and helped to take care of the younger children who went along for the outings.

Lek is now engaged. She and her fiancé are living in The Netherlands, with a wedding coming in the summer of 2024.

This is where some of the TCHC fund-raising money goes when the proceeds go to charity and sponsorship. There are hundreds of other children in the same situation as Lek in Thailand, and we are fortunate to have her as a friend of the Tokyo Canadians Hockey Club.

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