Inside a School Serving Orphans in Chiang Mai

Story and photos by Weng Cheong

Having all grown up in Thailand, my family and I make it a tradition to return to our home country and visit orphanages on each of our birthdays.

School for Life is a small nonprofit that provides a home and education for orphans in the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Some of the children are HIV-positive, tsunami survivors, orphans whose parents have died from addiction, or trafficking victims. My sister taught at the school for a summer and she hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since. On my last visit home, my family and I went to School for Life and volunteered.

Here is a glimpse into a typical day at the school.