Mercy Centre – Bangkok, Thailand

Charity & Causes

The Mercy Centre works to help the children and communities in the many slums of Bangkok. Together with their neighbours in the slums they create simple-but-progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. They build and operate schools, improve family health and welfare, protect street children’s rights, combat the AIDS crisis, respond to daily emergencies, and offer shelter to orphans, to street children, and to children and adults with AIDS – always together, hand in hand and heart to heart with the people they serve.

The Human Development Foundation (HDF) began on an early morning in 1972, when Fr. Joe Maier and Sister Maria took their first walk together in the slums beside the Slaughter House. They greeted everybody, as they have countless days since, and asked, do you have enough to eat? Are your children in good health? Is there any way we can help? Fr. Joe had just arrived from Laos as the Parish Priest in the neighborhood, an enclave of poor Catholics who earned a subsistence living butchering pigs for the market. The parishioners lived and worked in the slaughterhouse of Klong Toey, Bangkok’s largest slum community.

The Tokyo Canadians Hockey Club has been supporting the Mercy Centre and Fr. Joe Maier’s Human Development Foundation since the team attended its first international ice hockey tournament in Bangkok in 1997.

[some contents of this page copied from the Mercy Centre website.]

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