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Giving to charity

Got time on your hands? Want to do something good? Give back to the community? There’s a number of charities on the island that could do with your voluntary help

Monday 5 November 2012, 04:39PM

The SHE Foundation – Self Help and Empowerment to give it its full name – is a Christian charity founded in 2006 and committed to helping women and children at risk in Thailand, many of whom are trapped in the commercial sex trade.

It’s based in Kathu and needs volunteers to help teach English to women and children.

Contact: Mark by email to or call him at 087 265 3280


The Life Home Project began as a small shelter 11 years ago, offering help to a few HIV positive individuals. It now has its on village on Koh Siray.

It has blossomed into a community of mothers and children affected in one way or another by the deadly virus, all of whom get help to get back to being functioning members of the community.

It needs volunteers to teach English and generally help around the place. Volunteers need to make a commitment to help regularly for at least three months, preferably six, as it takes time to develop trust.

Contact Ms Joojee by email to J double O J double E or call her at 081 397 9809


Two animal charities for you today.


The Soi Dog Foundation (SDF) helps homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats. It also has a long-standing catch-neuter-release programme to slowly reduce Phuket’s population of stray animals.


It needs volunteers both with and without veterinary skills. The vets can help in its clinic while the non-vets can help around the shelter, feed dogs, shower and play with them (uh, lemme say that again - shower them and play with them), to clean shelters and so on.


Soi Dog is in Mai Khao but don’t worry – they provide transport for volunteers. Contact John Dalley by email to or call him at 087 050 8688



The Phuket Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, also sterilises dogs and cats to help reduce the population of strays.


It, too, has a clinic on Kwang Rd, between Phuket Town and Chalong, and a mobile clinic, and needs vets and other volunteers to help with cats and dogs.


Contact Athena Cant by calling 081 597 9416 or emailing



In the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami, members of the Lions Club of Phuket Andaman Sea decided to become involved in a long-term project to help the victims of the tragedy.

Helping children in need became the main objective of the club, and in June 2007 they opened the village. It’s now home to more than 100 children in need, from Phuket and surrounding provinces.

The Sunshine Village needs volunteers for long-term commitments to teach and help in the village.

It’s in Koh Siray. Contact Kritsana Wannakham by email to or call her at 085 907 6784


The Phuket International Women’s Club is a social network that promotes friendship among women of all nationalities. It also raises funds to provide educational opportunities for needy children by raising funds for grants – since 1990 it has handed out mire than 625 scholarships.

If you are new on the island – and you’re not a bloke – this could be just the thing for you. Contact the membership secretary, Maria Kramker, by email to


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