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Staff seminar

Sarnelli House is always keen to support our staff in their development and ability to manage and look after the children in their care. With this in mind, last week Fr. James invited the Good Shepherd Sisters to run a two day seminar for all sta…

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Sports Day

Saturday saw the return of an old favourite for the children, sports colours day. It was run by Khun Dungdin Pattapee (Ney) and his Nong Khai foundation. Khun Ney has run many activities and developmental seminars for the children and teenagers o…

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New Volunteers

Welcome to our new volunteers for 2022!

Our friends from the APO church in Oberhausen Germany have sent us Laura to volunteer for one year. She will be the volunteer for the Jan and Oscar House which holds 10 lively young ladies from 5 to 8 ye…

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Teachers to the rescue!

One of the many lingering impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic is how it affected our children’s education. A number of our children had already been struggling at school, for a range of reasons. Some started school late (or not at all prior to being…

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More Covid woes

Covid 19 has breached the walls of Sarnelli House once again, with six teenagers and one staff member currently in hospital and three more groups quarantining in various rooms and buildings, as per Thai health regulations. In fact, the whole of S…

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Covid 19 update

Thank you to everyone who got in touch with kind words and support regarding the current outbreak of Covid 19 at our House of Hope nursery. To start with the good news, the four children and two house mothers who had tested positive a little unde…

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Covid 19 reaches Sarnelli House

Perhaps inevitably, Covid 19 has reached Sarnelli House. One of the night staff at the House of Hope nursery tested positive this week, having contracted the virus from her son. The Thai health authorities descended upon the nursery, initiating c…

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Living with physical challenges


Sarnelli House has an increasing number of physically and intellectually challenged children in its care. There are four children who live at House of Hope, none of whom are verbally communicative and who are unable to walk. Their physical needs ar…

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The importance of sport and activity

As the Covid 19 numbers increase, the likelihood of more school closures appears imminent in the Nongkhai province. This means our school age children will have to learn online and be restricted to their houses. This presents a challenge for the …

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A home to call his own

As our children grow older, we try to prepare them as best we can for the outside world. Ideally, all Sarnelli House kids will one day be able to step away from our care and build a life of their own. As a result, a lot of time and effort is goin…

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Visit from Ruamrudee International School


This past weekend was Ruamrudee International School's (RIS) annual visit to Sarnelli House. RIS has always been a great supporter of the orphanage, and this year, sixteen students, accompanied by Ms. Alex, Ms. Shirley and our very own Fr. Ole, spe…

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Unexpected rice harvesting!


The rains have been inconsistent all year and as a result, we planted our rice late, more in hope than expectation. We scattered the rice this year, which meant more weeding to be done at the back end of the process. However, much of the crop grew …

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Latest News from Sarnelli


As the year progresses and the pandemic continues around the world, Sarnelli House in little Donwai village remains mostly unaffected by the deadlier effects of the pandemic. Life goes on for our kids and the hardworking staff.

The weather is ra…

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A SPECIAL APPEAL

Sarnelli House has been very lucky to have escaped the horrors of Covid 19 which have afflicted so much of the world. Thai people have done very well adhering to the guidelines of face mask wearing, social distancing and hygiene. Local government…

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Education update

Thailand has done a very good job in keeping the impact of Covid 19 to a minimum. At the time of writing, there have been 58 deaths, which is very sad, but compares well to other parts of the world. The Thai people have been very good at heeding …

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Sarnelli House bakery

In the midst of all the bad news and fear around the world at the moment, a small group of girls at Sarnelli House are brightening the days of the other children through cakes, biscuits, bread, jellies and other sweet treats. The Sarnelli House b…

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Outreach story

An eleven year old girl from the Outreach Program, who was born with HIV, lives with her grandparents. Her mother died from AIDS four years ago and her father died last year. The girl herself was very sick with AIDS as a toddler but recovered aft…

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Christmas parties

Christmas has been and gone at Sarnelli House, but it required a great deal of preparation and effort to carry out the celebrations for all the children, staff and guests. Parties were held at various locations in the two villages where the child…

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Farm update (part 2)

As Sarnelli House hits its 20th year, we hope that all our building is done. We have had two construction projects in the past few years. One was forced upon us when we had to urgently relocate our house for junior high school girls as their exis…

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Farm update (part 1)

2019 has been hard on Sarnelli House in a number of ways. As Fr Mike has written about, we lost a cherished member of staff in Grandmother Wan, and now another long serving house mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sarnelli House is a…

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