Posted on November 16, 2015
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By Liz Dobson
halem House is an emergency shelter for relatives (mostly mothers) of sick children from outside Bangkok who are in hospitals or who require visits to doctors here. Shalem house comprises two adjoining townhouses off Sathorn Road and sometimes provides accommodation for up to 60 people per night!
It is administered through Rainbowland Community Services which receives funding from different organisations and individuals such as Christ Church, BCTFN and BWG, but each month the saintly Khun Jarin, who runs the hostel, is never sure if she will have enough money to pay the bills, feed everyone and give smallgrants for transportation to the families.
Facilities are basic with most people sleeping on mats on hard floors, but over time various renovations have been carried out. One house is reserved for mothers and children only and the other for families. In the past BWG has donated funds to provide an isolation room in each house for more seriously sick children. Families cook and eat together in the houses and support each other.