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Rice planting begins

Enough rain has fallen for our farm staff to begin the laborious task of planting rice. The paddy fields need about a foot or so of water in them before the tractor can plough and the waiting staff can wade in. The work started last week and the …

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Bang Fai festival

At the beginning of each wet season, people from the Isan province celebrate Prapheni Bun Bang Fai, a centuries old festival to celebrate and encourage the coming of the rains. These days it comprises elaborate floats, dancing, music, costume and…

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First day at kindergarten

The children headed back to school this week, after two long months of holidays. Some were happier than others but the most excited of all were the four little girls who had their first day at kindergarten, joining seven other toddlers from House…

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Holiday activities

We are halfway through the long school holidays and the temperatures continue to climb. The forecast is for 41° (105.8° F) for the coming weekend, and with a sports camp scheduled, we will need to have plenty of liquids on hand for the participan…

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Graduates young and old!

This time of year is a happy and exciting one for many of our children as they accomplish another of life’s milestones, a graduation. Most of the kids living at Sarnelli House had, at best, uncertain starts to life and the notion of celebrating a…

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Pimali Foundation

The enormous impact Fr. Michael Shea and Sarnelli House have had on hundreds of children and families is well known by all visitors, friends and supporters. Through travelling to see us in the northeast of Thailand, following the website or readi…

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RIS December visit

Students from Ruamrudee International School (RIS) in Bangkok, came for their annual visit in December. Ms. Shirley and Fr. David Jieng C.Ss.R accompanied eight young adults for two days at Sarnelli House. Some of the teenagers were coming back for t…

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Bringing in the rice

The rice harvest has been completed for another year at Jomp’s Farm, as well as on the 12 rai of land where Fr. Mike now lives. The rice sown on the farms at Sarnelli House is sticky rice, the most common variety in this part of Thailand. This ye…

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Outreach scholarships

The end of the school holidays means the preparation for the beginning of the second term at school. The school scholarships for the Outreach Program are given out on the last Saturday before school resumes. The children must bring in their school gr…

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Another fun weekend at Sarnelli House

The school holidays continue and this past weekend saw lots of different goings-on. Fr. Mike blessed the new house for our junior high school girls. The house is called Our Lady of Refuge. Fr. Mike and all of the staff had a stressful few months upon…

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A busy day!

The children are enjoying their break from school. This is the shorter of the two holiday periods for our school kids and they are free and restless for three weeks. Actually, most of them are restless, some of our teenage girls have a remarkable…

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A story from the Outreach program

Partnerships are important, especially when delivering a service to people in the community who have a wide array of needs. A family in crisis was referred to the outreach program recently. There were four children under the age of 10, all in the…

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Moving day!

The day of the big move has arrived and the Our Lady of Refuge for girls house in Viengkhuk has finally closed. Our junior high school girls have spent the week packing their bags and have helped to transfer kitchen utensils and other equipment f…

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Rice planting is underway

The rains have increased over the last couple of weeks and the humidity levels have risen. This brings mixed outcomes as we all sweat that bit more and washed clothes don’t always dry (even in sunshine) but far more importantly, it allows us to p…

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One month Until Cebo Ride!

It's one month until our big annual fundraiser, the now famous Cebo Ride. It's not too late to sign up or to sponsor a cyclist.

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Farewell to a fellow Redemptorist

Sarnelli House is not the only place where the Redemptorist community is doing excellent work here in Thailand. The Fr. Ray Foundation is located in Pattaya and has a massive program, caring for over 800 orphaned, abused and disabled children. They s…

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Education for children young and old

Education continues to grow in its importance for the children of Sarnelli House. As the children prepare to go back to school next week (and the house mothers breathe a heavy sigh of relief!), we can reflect on work going on at both ends of the …

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Sports at Sarnelli House

Like kids everywhere, the children here at Sarnelli House love to run around and play sport. The boys love their soccer, but are competitive on the badminton court too while the girls love badminton and playing in the pool. The grade school and j…

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Graduations 2018

More milestones were reached this last month as some of our teenagers and young adults graduated from junior and senior high school, vocational school and vocational college. Eight teenage boys and girls finished junior high school (grade 9) on M…

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New initiatives

  • BraceLove 

In 2016, friends of Sarnelli House, Weena and Khun B Plus, had an idea. Both had been to Nongkhai on numerous occasions to help the children of Sarnelli House. They invited Khun Rudee, one of Thailand’s top modern jewellery de…

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