HUMAN HELP NETWORK Foundation Thailand - We help children in need! » Featured http://www.hhnthailand.org HUMAN HELP NETWORK Foundation Thailand (HHNFT) is an NGO registered under Thai law, promoting sustainable human, social and economic development. Founded in May 2008 at Pattaya, HHNFT focuses on the eradication of poverty and issues related to children and adolescents. HHNFT operates the Child Protection and Development Center for Street Kids and supports the Pattaya Orphanage and other projects. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:01:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Saying good-bye to the dearest Riccardo Carini http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2014/04/saying-good-bye-to-the-dearest-riccardo-carini/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2014/04/saying-good-bye-to-the-dearest-riccardo-carini/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:41:37 +0000 AHayer http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2827 Baron Riccardo Carini, a dearest friend of Fr. Brennan and the founder of the Thai Children’s Trust has passed away (12th May 1930 – 24th March 2014). The Pattaya Orphanage, Human Help Network and all the children he has helped over the years are grateful for his dedicated help and support. 

Ricardo Carini was born in London in 1930 to Italian parents and had one younger brother. He was a very talented and sophisticated man who had a gift for business. His brother Romolo and he set up as a “confirming house” which ran very well and enabled him to retire in his early fifties.

At this point it must have been destiny that Riccardo Carini heard from Pattaya by a friend who has been there 1965. When he arrived in 1982 the pleasant little fishing village however had turned in to sin city. A stewardess suggested visiting the Pattaya Orphanage, which was run by the priest Fr. Raymond Brennan. He immediately felt close to the Pattaya Orphanage. He left the Orphanage by telling Fr. Brennan that he won’t write a cheque today, it will make him forget about this special place. He wants to worry and to do something more useful.

His way of helping in a sustainable way was to establish the Pattaya Orphanage Trust, which is now called Thai Children’s Trust. He served as Director, Trustee and latterly President for the rest of his life.

During the deep friendship between him and Fr. Brennan they managed to achieve numerous of things. They founded the schools for the blind, deaf and children with disabilities. You could say they started an awareness of the problems children with disability have and a change in attitude towards them.

The Pattaya Orphanage Trust was so successful that he was able to found a French Charity, the “Les Amis de l’Orphalinat de Pattaya”, which also dedicated their help to children of Thailand.

Riccardo Carini’s achievements did not go unrecognised. He was appointed Knight of St. Gregory by the Holy See and advanced to Knight Commander with star. He also was a member of the Order of the Direkgunabhorn by HRH the King of Thailand.

Thousands of children in Thailand have reason to be grateful to Riccardo Carini and he will stay in everlasting memory.

“Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him; may he rest in peace. Amen.”

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His Majesty King Bhumibol 86th birthday http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2013/12/his-majesty-king-bhumibol-86th-birthday/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2013/12/his-majesty-king-bhumibol-86th-birthday/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 09:57:06 +0000 AHayer http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2707 Sorry, this entry is only available in ภาษาไทย.

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Winning the 3rd Runner-Up for Thailand NGO Awards 2013 http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2013/11/winning-the-3rd-runner-up-for-thailand-ngo-awards-2013/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2013/11/winning-the-3rd-runner-up-for-thailand-ngo-awards-2013/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 07:04:33 +0000 AHayer http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2685 Making the third consecutive year in Thailand, 118 organizations applied for the Thailand NGO awards 2013. All entries received were put trough a selection process and 12 organizations were finally selected. These finalists were presented to a national jury panel that selects the NGOs of the year for small medium and large category.

Among the finalist for the category large, we, Human Help Network Foundation were nominated for the category large and won the 3rd runner-up on the 4nd of November in Bangkok.

Human Help Network was officially established in August 2008. The two major projects under the foundation are the Child Protection and Development Center and the Drop-in Center.  We aim and have managed to save hundreds of vulnerable children from exploitation, sexual and physical abuse, poverty, drugs and crime.  We also help a lot of very poor, less fortunate Thai people to get their citizenship and identity so they can access government benefits.  We are proud to say that CPDC is the first and the only Child Protection Home in Chonburi and the Eastern Seaboard that is administered by a private NGO.

In spite of being the newest organization among the 12 finalists, our grateful thanks to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Resource Alliance and the KENAN Institute Asia for the considering and honour us with this nomination.  The Thailand NGO Awards have created an opportunity for people to learn of our efforts in the field of children protection and for this we are extremely grateful.

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Father Ray’s 10th Anniversary http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2013/08/father-rays-10th-anniversary/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2013/08/father-rays-10th-anniversary/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:18:57 +0000 KHoesler http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2612 August 16th this year marks the 10th Anniversary of our dear Father Raymond Brennan.  While he is sadly missed by his friends, family and the people of Pattaya, his legacy of care for the children of Pattaya lives on in the work of the Pattaya Orphanage, the School for the Deaf and the CPDC – none of these would exist today without Father Ray.

To honour this very special occasion Mrs. Sharron Purtell, Fr. Ray’s only sister, (accompanied by her daughter Amy), travelled from North America to Pattaya to visit the many projects founded by Father Ray.

To begin proceedings we gathered for a simple ceremony in front of Fr Ray’s statue. This was attended by Khun Sharron and Amy along with many friends of Fr. Ray, our benefactors and the children of the Orphanage, who placed flowers at the foot of the statue.  This was followed by a special dinner at the Orphanage, where Khun Sharron and her daughter were joined by a number of Fr. Ray’s close friends.

After the dinner we adjourned to attend a special dinner with the presence of German Ambassador Mr. Rolf Schulze at the Rotary Club Pheonix Pattaya on the occasion to confer Mr. Reiner Calmund, great benefactor of the Pattaya Orphanage and CPDC.

Memorial Mass held at St. Nikolaus Church Pattaya on Friday 16th where we were joined by the many the children, friends and people of Pattaya who loved Fr. Ray and took this opportunity to honour his memory.  It was a very special occasion and despite the sadness of no longer having Fr. Ray with us, we had a wonderful day remembering with tears, laughter and affection a man who has such a special place in all our hearts.  We are sure that Khun Sharron and Amy will carry some wonderful memories back to the USA to share with their family.

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Celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Sotpattana School for the Deaf http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/08/celebration-of-the-30th-anniversary-of-the-sotpattana-school-for-the-deaf/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/08/celebration-of-the-30th-anniversary-of-the-sotpattana-school-for-the-deaf/#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2012 04:16:23 +0000 LFreund http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2170 On Monday, 13th of August 2012, the Sottpatana School for the Deaf celebrated its 30th anniversary with a great feast dignifying the work and dedication which has and still is been done to benefit less fortunate children. HHNFT is glad to see this incessant effort and is proud to be part of it.

The Sotpattana School for the Deaf, located on the compound of the Pattaya Orphanage, is another project which has been supported by HHNFT for a long time. It had been set up in 1982 by Rev. Fr. Raymond A. Brennan who had also co-founded and managed the Pattaya Orphanage. The school approaches an issue of great importance: The promotion of deaf children. If neglected, those children would suffer an unhappy life and also cause problems to society. The school provides them with educational opportunities to help them in their communication with others and prepare them for higher communication, thus also alleviating the burden of the children’s parents.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of this great and valuable institution a great party was set up to celebrate appropriately, solemnly just as well as hilariously. The celebration began in the morning when the guests of honor arrived. An exhibition allowed the numerous guests, families and friends of the students as well as benefactors, to learn about the daily life at the Sotpattana School. Indeed, all the children from the Child Protection and Development Center were present as well, participating in the party and enjoying an exciting day. Later on, a biblical service was held and awards presented to past and current school administrators and dedicated teachers as well as to supporters. After this formal celebration the fun part began: Kids of the Sotpattana School and the Pattaya Orphanage entertained the guests with great stage shows and what is more, everybody was invited to join a shared luncheon featuring traditional Thai food. Truly, the 30th anniversary of the Sotpattana School was an occasion to do both, commemorate and revere the dedication and admirable work of the people standing behind the school as well as enjoy and feast a cheerful party.

HHNFT would like to thank everybody who attended this party for contributing to the celebration and also use the occasion to express our highest respect to the directors, teachers and further employees at the Sotpattana School for the Deaf who provide deaf children with a hopeful future.

Finally, we would like to direct your attention to another great event organized to celebrate the occasion of the 30th anniversary. On October, the 6th, a charity musical show will take place at the Thai Alangkarn Theater featuring dancing shows by orphans and deaf children, but also the famous Extravaganza show by Thai Alangkarn Theater. All proceeds go to the “Education Fund” for orphaned and deaf children. Tickets are available in two categories, for prices of 500 and 1000 Baht. Supporters are also greatly welcome to sponsor tickets for unfortunate children who thus are given the opportunity to enjoy an amazing show, that is for them in particular a unique evening. For more information and to buy tickets, please us, via mail info@hhnthailand.org, or call 038-488-956 (or 038-416-426).

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Honorable guests at the CPDC – Austrian Minister pays a visit http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/07/honorable-guests-at-the-cpdc-%e2%80%93-austrian-minister-pays-a-visit/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/07/honorable-guests-at-the-cpdc-%e2%80%93-austrian-minister-pays-a-visit/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:39:21 +0000 LFreund http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2150 On Tuesday, 10th of July, the CPDC became part of the official state visit to Thailand by the Austrian Minister for the Interior, Johanna Mikl-Leitner. Thus it was venue of an extraordinary gathering of high-ranking officials from Austria including a numerous delegation of the media who were altogether being introduced to the fight against child poverty and for the children’s welfare which HHNFT is committed to in operating the CPDC.

Several articles during the last year already shed light on the generous dedication of the Austrian Embassy in Thailand and the Austrian Consulate in Pattaya actively supporting HHNFT and the CPDC. Together the Austrian Ambassador Peterlik and his wife as well as the Austrian Consulate Hofer had benevolently shown their interest and also supported us also in monetary terms; Be it a tour to Toy’s R’Us with our children to buy Christmas presents or aid in purchasing necessary material – the Austrian representatives are always on our side and support us in manifold ways.

This strong partnership was symbolized by the visit of the Austrian Minister for the Interior, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, on Tuesday, 10th of July. Although her time was spare and the schedule strict – apart from the visit to the CPDC she also met Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra– she found time to come to the CPDC and learn about the efforts done here to protect children at risk and to provide them with a brighter life. With her visit, as she explained in her speech, she also wanted to point out the determination of the Austrian Government not to accept crimes done by Austrian citizens to children in Thailand and the ambition to strengthen the cooperation with the Thai police agencies.
Upon her arrival with a delegation of Austrian officials – most notably Ambassador Peterlik, Consul Hofer and the chief of the Austrian Federal Criminal Agency Franz Lang – and a media team, she was warmly welcomed by the children of our center who not only presented flower bouquets to her but also performed two wonderful traditional dances. HHNFT director Radchada Chomjinda welcomed the high-ranking guests in her introductory speech and outlined the beginning and development of the CPDC. Afterwards the guest gave us the honor of signing a portrait and planting a tree in front of the sports court where the reception had been taking place. At this occasion Mrs. Mikl-Leitner also handed over a check in the amount of 100.000 THB which the Austrian firm Becker Guss had financed.

To get a first-hand impression of the center the delegation took a tour through the center and its facilities such as the education center, the nursing unit and the farming. Proudly the children also presented their handicraft products which they sell thus improving both, their skills and the revenues of the center.

Minister Mikl-Leitner and her company were highly impressed by the progress which had been made in the few years of existence of the CPDC and by the happiness of the children who have found a new home here. Indeed, Mrs. Mikl-Leitner, herself mother of two children, truly lost her heart to the children and expressed her kind-hearted solicitousness with the children’s fate: “They are so endearing. Best I would like to take them all home”, she said with a good sense of humor.
Later on as well she proved being absolutely down to earth when having lunch not at a separate table for the distinguished guests but amid the children.

In the final part of the visit, the Minister and her delegation sat together with representatives of the CPDC and Khun Parisorn Noja, Director of the Anti Human Trafficking Center and founder of the CPDC, to discuss policy issues in the fight
No doubt, this was an extraordinary day in the history of the CPDC which will remain in everyone’s memory. Not only was the visit interesting and supportive to the further development of the CPDC in its efforts to protect children and promote their well-being, but it was also an event of extraordinary excitement for our children bringing joy into their life.

We would like to thank the Austrian guests and Mrs. Mikl-Leitner in particular for their friendly visit, for their sympathy and for their incessant support. Thank you very much!

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The First Months at CPDC: A promising start to 2012 http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/06/the-first-months-at-cpdc-a-promising-start-to-2012/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/06/the-first-months-at-cpdc-a-promising-start-to-2012/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 17:11:50 +0000 LFreund http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2115 The New Year began with firework and celebrations all over the world. Here in Pattaya a huge firework was displayed to welcome the beginning to 2012. On January the 6th the children at CPDC celebrated with a party at our compound which was joined by friends and supporters from many countries around the world. For some of the children, for the first time, this was a new year with a new beginning to a happier life, away from the dangers and risks they had previously experienced when living on the street.

Every good party provides delicious food for the guests and the CPDC celebration was no exception. A wonderful choice of food had been prepared and offered to all attending including the kids.

Thai children just love to perform and show off their showbiz talents so it was them who took on the responsibility to entertain the audience gathered in front of the stage which had been set up for this purpose. The program began with a traditional Thai dance performed by the older kids followed by a modern dance given by the small girls. Not wanting to risk anything serious from the young boys they were allowed to sing a funny song – to everyone’s amusement. The highlight, however, was a delightful presentation from a 12 year old girl who performed a hula hoop dance. The audience couldn’t help but being impressed with the obvious talents of all our budding young stars.
The program also included a raffle which provided extra excitement and some nice presents for both the children and the guests. All in all, everyone had a great day welcoming in the New Year and especially our guests were touched and moved with the laughter and the smiles on the faces of all the children.

Yet, not only the celebration of a new year is a rite but also the question: What might the new year bring, what will 2012 be like?
The first month was already promising and we are absolutely happy to announce that two new houses have been built at the CPDC. Therefore, with 3 houses for the girls and from now on 5 houses for the boys we will be able to provide a safe shelter, education and healthcare for around 70 street children between 5 and 18 years old. Thus, we have reached the aspired capacity which will not be further increased in order to maintain the family-feeling at the centre which we consider to be the most important characteristic of the environment we aim to create for the kids

Khun Radchada Chomjinda (Khun Toy), Director of HHNFT delivered a short speech at the ceremony for the opening of the houses and outlined the progress of the work ongoing at the CPDC and she also took the opportunity to thank Mr Hans G. Müller, for his continued generosity and in particular for his sponsorship of the two new houses. Special thanks were also given to many German supporters who have continuously given their help and support for the Centre.

This of course gave us the opportunity to have another party and to thank our many supporters, friends and guests of honor from many different countries around the world who attended the ceremony. To all of you who could not attend the opening of the houses and especially to many of you reading this newsletter in far-off places, HHNFT, on behalf of the children, wants to use this opportunity to thank you most sincerely.  Collectively, your support and generosity has rescued the children at the Centre (57 in all) from the abuse and harm they had previously suffered living on the street

There has also been a number of changes in the management of the Centre that are worthy to note.  In recognition for the work and great effort shown by Mr. Parisorn Noja in the fight against paedophilia and abuse towards children in Pattaya he has been appointed Director of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Project, supported by HHNFT. We want to express our sincere thanks for the wonderful work which he does and congratulate him for his new position as director.

As a new director of the CPDC we welcome Ms. Aphitta Reungdej (Khun Kaew). All at HHNFT/CPDC are happy having such a competent and experienced person as a new member in our team. With her vast experiences working with children and in spite of the very short time she is with us, she has already proved her skills and value and is popular with everybody at the CPDC

Simultaneously, Mr. Kanchanat Meemanut (Khun Aeh) has been appointed Manager of Children’s Welfare. Khun Aeh immediately immersed himself into his new role at the CPDC and quickly developed a friendly and caring relationship with the kids which in turn already give him great affection. In addition, the team of tutors at the CPDC and the outreach team at the Drop-in-Centre have both been expanded to improve our work at the CPDC and our efforts to reach the children who are still at risk on the streets of Pattaya.

When the children begin a new life at CPDC this also means that they learn to become part of a large community. With our numerous international sponsors and supporters from all over the world the children have the opportunity to get to know not only the traditional culture of Thailand but they can also have a look beyond borders. For example, at Easter another celebration took place at the CPDC and thus the children could experience a foreign holiday. After having listened to the instructive explanation of the religious Easter background the children enjoyed an egg-hunting which took place at the capacious compound of the CPDC. This day would not have been that fantastic without all the sponsors and voluntary supporters who made this day being an unforgettable experience for each child.

Furthermore, we also have many volunteers at the CPDC and the Drop-in Centre, including some from overseas, who help with the children or who come along and work at the vegetable garden or around the compound to keep it clean and functional. They give their time freely and they are all considered to be part of our team. They quietly contribute their individual skills and they are greatly appreciated.

Our compound is an open area where the children can move around unrestrained and we are happy to say that they chose to stay rather than to return to their former life on the streets. It is a safe, family environment where the children can regain their childhood and their self-esteem and it is a place where we hope they will find love and happiness.

All of this has been possible only because you, so many have given generously and for this, we truly thank you. We are confident that the promising first half of 2012 will continue throughout the year and we hope to share more good news with you in our next Newsletter.

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Danish sponsors discover Songkran http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/03/danish-sponsors-discover-songkran/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/03/danish-sponsors-discover-songkran/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 01:25:43 +0000 LFreund http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2054 This year the Songkran festival started early for our children at the CPDC. The family of our dear and devoted sponsors from Denmark, Mr. and Mrs. Vang, visited the CPDC and were honored with a Thai culture festival. All attending enjoyed a both dignified and cheerful day.

Normally Songkran, the Thai New Year, is celebrated in April, however, in the CPDC it took place already now in order to thank our constant benefactors; They made an essential contribution to the development of the center and thus helped us to get along with the daily routine. What is more, they sponsor one girl living in the center and rejoiced her with nice presents. In addition, they surprised Khun Toy, director of HHNFT, with another present thus thanking her for her continuous effort to the benefit of the children.

At 10 am nine Buddhist monks began the festivity with the traditional ceremony to bless the New Year, the center and all attending. At this occasion the two new houses of the CPDC (see news) were solemnly blessed as well. After the traditional recitations the visitors were sprinkled with water and following the monks received a meal. Especially for the foreign visitors this rite was capturing and interesting. In order to pay respect and to thank their benefactors the children committed an important part of the festivity themselves by pouring water over the hands and shoulders of the special and guests.

Before and after this ceremony children of the CPDC performed Thai dance wearing beautiful Thai-style costumes. Indeed, everybody participating at the ‘Pre-Songkran’ received pertinent dressings and therefore the celebrating congregation made for a great picture. A particularly nice view was arising when the children invited the visitors to participate in dancing which everybody enjoyed.
After the monks had finished their meal everybody else had the chance to help themselves and relish the delicious food.

Thus a great event ended and everybody was happy having participated in an unusual but great Songkran-festival. We want to express our special thanks to our generous benefactors from Denmark for gracing us with their presence.

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Opening of the 2 new boy’s houses at the Child Protection & Development Centre http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/02/opening-of-the-2-new-boy%e2%80%99s-houses-at-the-child-protection-development-centre/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2012/02/opening-of-the-2-new-boy%e2%80%99s-houses-at-the-child-protection-development-centre/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 06:40:27 +0000 LFreund http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=2023 On the 28th of January a very special event took place at the CPDC. Two new houses have been built and can now be occupied by around 15 to 20 boys of the CPDC. With 3 houses for the girls and from now on 5 houses for the boys we will be able to provide a safe shelter, education and healthcare for around 70 street children who are between 5 and 18 years old.

The Opening House ceremony was joined by our children of CPDC, some children of the Baan Jing Jai and the children of the slums as well as by some guests of honour, such as the President of the Father Ray Foundation, President and representatives of the local Rotary Clubs, the President of the Expats Club of Pattaya, representatives of the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, President of French Club, plus many more. The festivities started at 10 am with a traditional Thai dance presented by some girls of the centre.

After that the director of HHNFT, Khun Radchada Chomjinda, held a short speech talking about the progress of their work and heartfully thanking the sponsor Mr. Hans G. Müller for his generosity as well as all the German supporters in general as they have been a big help all the time. She also announced the appointment of Mr. Parisorn Noja as the director of the Anti Human Trafficking  in recognition of his work and great effort in the fight against pedophilia and abuse towards children in Pattaya, while she will take over the position of the temporary acting director of the CPDC.

Mr. Hans Müller was called up on the podium to explain his motivation for being engaged at the CPDC with so much effort and why he had donated and sponsored the boys houses which thus requested him to be cutting the ribbons of the two new boy’s houses. Of course everybody had the chance to visit the houses and get an impression of how the children live like.   Afterwards the children presented two more dances as well as a Hula Hoop act.

The event ended with a great lunch including noodle soup, a rice dish, French fries as well as fresh fruits and little coconut cakes.

On behalf of the children and the staff of CPDC and the whole HHNFT team we would like to thank everybody who joined us on that special day. Very special thanks go to Mr. Hans G. Müller for his generous support during all the years and for sponsoring the two new houses.

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Austrian Embassy sponsors Christmas presents http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2011/12/austrian-embassy-sponsors-christmas-presents/ http://www.hhnthailand.org/en/2011/12/austrian-embassy-sponsors-christmas-presents/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:57:32 +0000 LFreund http://www.hhnthailand.org/?p=1976 The 9th of December, 2011, was a very special day for all the 54 children of the CPDC. The Austrian Ambassador and Madame Ambassador proved once more their great generosity by enabling each of the children to select a toy as their own Christmas present. Furthermore, the Austrian Consul in Pattaya sponsored a meal at a restaurant for all of them.

Already for a longer time Dr. Johannes Peterlik and Dr. Uschi Peterlik have supported the CPDC and they now took Christmas as an opportunity to give the children a pleasure. They invited all the children to an excursion to a toys store of the Central Festival Shopping Mall. However the children could not only inspect all the toys, but also select one as their very special Christmas present. It was no surprise that facing the big choice of toys it took some time to find the right one. Eventually there were big smiles on the children’s faces and everybody was happy, whether with a remote-controlled car, a dollhouse or cuddly toys.

Finally the cherry on the cake of this day was a lunch at a restaurant sponsored by the Austrian Consul Rudolf Hofer.

To thank their generous sponsors the children gave them little dolls made by themselves as a present.
HHNFT wants to extend its gratitude towards the charitable Austrian sponsors as well.

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