Laurene McKenzie I am raising money to support the ongoing work of Hands Across the Water because every child deserves to live a life of choice by riding 500 kms through Thailand in 5 days during April 2020.

Hands Across the Water supports 350+ children living in 7 homes and projects across Thailand. The charity started out addressing the needs of kids who didn't have homes or access to food, clothing and medicine. As the kids have grown and matured, the focus has shifted to education and future employment opportunities. Today, access to new and exciting opportunities for the kids is just as important as a loving home and a belly full of healthy food.

Hands Across the Water is an Australian charity that gives at-risk Thai children and their communities a helping hand. Our projects are tailored to meet local communities’ needs – for the long term. The work we do is focused on improving the lives of the kids and their communities today and in the future.

Your donation will help provide a high standard of care, a chance at a better education and a future that they never envisioned.

We’re small and do amazing work. We’re a team of committed individuals who have joined forces to donate our time and skills to help Thailand’s children and their communities.

We’re different - Our care comes without conditions. We don’t seek to impose a religion or belief system upon those we support. We simply give kids chances to grow according to their own beliefs and traditions.

100% of your donation will go straight to the kids and their communities in Thailand with not one cent spent on administration or marketing.

In 2004, we initially supported 32 kids who had lost their parents and were living in a tent at Baan Tharn Namchai (BTN) in Phang-Nga, a town on Thailand’s northern Andaman coast. The kids were left without food, shelter or support.

Hands, along with a number of equally committed supporters pooled their resources to build the first orphanage at Baan Tharn Namchai. Our director, Rotjana Phraesrithong, led the centre and it was opened in August 2006.

Today, Baan Tharn Namchai is home to over 100 children. We also support hundreds of children in multiple locations across Thailand. Laurene McKenzie