Christmas at the Pattaya Orphanage
December 25, 2010

On the 24th of December a group of orphans and ex-orphans from the Pattaya Orphanage went carolling to various venues in Pattaya. They had been preparing for this special event for several weeks.

The carolling started with Mr Kurt Krieger’s Bavarian Christmas celebration. The children lit the candles on the christmas tree and sang the German Christmas song “Oh Tannenbaum“. The children were not only treated to some lovely snacks and drinks, they also were given many presents.  There was also a collection to which many people generously contributed.

They then proceeded to the Hard Rock hotel and café where they performed several songs to the delight of the assembled guests and patrons. There they were also treated to some lovely christmas snacks.                                                                          The children then went to the St Nicolas Church where they also sang.

On the 25th of december the orphanage celebrated Christmas day by inviting patrons, old residents and sponsors for food and festivities to the Pattaya orphanage.

They had set up a large stage with a sound system and beautiful decorations. Those that attended were treated to a medley of christmas songs as well as some traditional Thai dancing by the children and teachers who performed wonderfully. We were also treated to a touching speach delivered by Father Michael.

The orphans were also joined by the children from the Sotpattana School for the Deaf and the children from the CPDC. The CPDC children and staff thouroughly enjoyed themselves and joined in with all the festivities. They were especially happy when Mr Rainer Calmund gave them presents, his support helped to make their Christmas day special.

There was also a huge bouncy castle which the children loved, they all spent as much time as possible playing on it, only stopping to eat and drink.  There were various food stalls set up and everybody ate their fill of the wonderful traditional Thai cuisine on offer.

The older children enjoyed socialising with the adults who had been orphans, the whole event felt like a giant family reunion. There was also a raffle in which many prizes were given out. The older children were very excited and won many gifts.

We would like to thank everybody who helped make this day possible by donating money for the children’s presents. We would also like to thank the more than 30 German benefactors, including Mr Rainer Calmund, who were with us.