Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Agape Home for babies with HIV/AIDS opened in May 1996 as a response to the plight of children impacted by the spread of HIV/AIDS across Thailand.
Many of the children who come to the Agape Home to live are, or are at risk of being, HIV positive. Many of them have already lost their parents to AIDS, and there are no other options for their care.
Agape Home provides a loving family for 100+ children aged 0-21yrs.
Nikki’s Place is now taking interns through ISM. They require you be 20 years old and commit to serve for 3 months, however 6 months is preferred.
You would be responsible for caring and supporting children with HIV/AIDS and their Thai nannies. You must be a team player and love children!
Agape is a full time 24/7 facility. Interns work shifts, 8am-5pm, split shifts 6am – 9am/4pm-7pm and night shifts 5pm-9am with overnight break.
About Nikki’s Place
They have a Mother and Baby Unit. The MBU unit provides a place where housing and assistance is provided to sick HIV+ mothers and children allowing them to stay together as a family instead of being separated. The Home provides assistance to those living there by helping supply food, shelter, clothing and medical care.
The concept for the home was developed after many years operating the Agape Home and taking in the children of mothers who, because of their own health, were left with no other alternative but to surrender their children to an orphanage for care. Often these are women who have no other family to support them, or to take their children for them. In many of these cases, the mother and child do not want to be separated, but the reality of the mother’s health might otherwise require it in the absence of assistance.
During 2004, this service extended to the care of HIV+ women who do not have children, and secondly to allow for non-HIV+ children to live in with their mothers for a time provided that there is a family or orphanage placement available to them should the mother pass away.
Agape has always had a vision to raise the children in a loving family setting and with that in mind, we built five group homes on land adjacent to the Agape home. These homes are a part of what we call “Jarawee Village”. Each house has six of the Agape children living with Thai house parents. We see how important it is for the children to live in a family unit and our dream is to build ten more group homes in the future.
To apply please go to www.ismsea.com