We are currently turning the soil on
the Thammarak Niwet Project ... and we need your help.
The Thammarak Niwet Project is a
housing village for 10,000 HIV and AIDS patients. Like the temple,
its aims are twofold -- to provide a resting place for AIDS
sufferers where they can be treated with kindness and mercy, and to
be a centre for education and information about AIDS.
The land for the project has already
been purchased. Construction for Phase One began in February 1998,
and hopes to be completed by September of the same year. There will
be five phases. The project was begun by Her Majesty the Princess
Mother, who donated Bt300,000 in 1995. The project hopes to be
completed by December 1999 and will then be presented to His Majesty
King Bhumipol Adulyadej of Thailand, on the occasion of his 72nd
The entire cost of the project is
Bt1,500 million (US$30 million). Phase One will cost Bt400 million
(US$8 million) and began in February. Phase Two will begin in March.
The phases will run concurrently.
A total of 2,542 houses will be
constructed. These will range from one-bedroom houses to
five-bedroom houses. The project is asking donors to purchase houses
for AIDS sufferers. One-bedroom houses cost Bt120,000 (US$2,400).
The land for the project is situated
on Highway 3353, 224 km from Bangkok. It is 70 km from the temple at
Lopburi. The entire project covers 800 acres, or 3,200 sq km.
The aim of the project is to create
an awareness of the AIDS situation in the Thai community. Outisde of
being simply a housing project, it will also be a centre for study,
education and information about HIV and AIDS.
Other aims include:
to help people who don't have AIDS
live peacefully with people who do;
to assist AIDS patients with kindness
to explain to Thais how one can
protect oneself against AIDS;
to educate the family of AIDS
patients on proper care for them;
to educate the community to accept
and live with AIDS patients.
The project will be built on former
farmland. There is a large number of trees on the site which will be
maintained. The village is near two public roads and a canal.
Electricity will be available via the
main roads. Within the project's environs, the main roads (10 m
wide) and minor roads (6 m wide) will be made from asphalt. There is
an underground bore and a special waste water treatment plant will
The project will be divided into two
Zone 1 will be used for visitors and
workers who are not HIV positive. It will comprise a meeting hall
for up to 500 people, conference rooms, a restaurant, office and
mini mart, park, housing for conference participants, and rest
Zone 2 will be used for HIV and AIDS
patients and will comprise of housing, hospital, temple, handicraft
factory, farming area, herb gardens and exercise areas.
Since July, 1997, the Thai economy
has suffered a dramatic downtown. As a result, our project is in
jeopardy. Please help us if you can. The number of HIV and AIDS
patients in Thailand grows every day at a rate of 500 people. The
need for this project is critical.
If you have any questions about the project,
please email us here.
If you would like to donate to the