Sunday, 01 March 2009 09:39

Dear Friends,

It’s always a joy to write to our friends, especially when I can begin by telling you a lovely story.

This story is about a young lady, Miss Wanwisa, raised in a slum by a Klong along Petchburi Road. We first met her when she began attending one of our Mercy preschools twenty years ago. Her parents could not afford the 5 baht daily school fee on most days, so we waived the fee (as we still do today for about 500 of our poorest preschool students) and continued sponsoring Wanwisa’s education after preschool graduation.

After earning her high school diploma, Wanwisa was selected to enter Thailand’s prestigious Chulalongkorn University, but instead she opted to complete a 2-year International Baccalaureate program on full scholarship at the United World College in Norway, followed by a full 4-year scholarship at St. Lawrence College in the U.S. In the summers, Wanwisa came back to Mercy Centre to be a Big Sister to our own children and to tutor the ones preparing for international schools.

Very special thanks to everyone who joined together with Father Joe, Khun Ratana and I in London, Oxford, and Barcelona for the launch of our new foundation – Mercy Centre UK. For foundation details, please contact Susan McAlpine, Foundation Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

On behalf of everyone at Mercy Centre – especially our children, House Moms and House Dads, teachers, tutors, cooks – we wish to thank you and wish you the best of everything with family, friends, and life.

Warm regards,

Usanee and the Mercy Team


We work to help the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok. Together with our neighbors here in the slums, we create simple-but-progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. You can help us today, by completing the online donation form, and take a first step in making a difference, please click here to make a donation now.

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