Sotpattana School for the Deaf
The Sotpattana School for the Deaf was founded in 1983 after a deaf boy was brought to the Pattaya Orphanage. Since its foundation, more than 400 deaf or hearing impaired students have graduated.
Sotpattana School for the Deaf offers free education and accommodation to children whose parents cannot afford to send them to one of the costly private preschools. Most of the young students live at the school during term time. Some spend their weekends at home.
The children receive a proper preschool education, which prepares them for entering a government-run school. After two years of studies in writing, reading, Thai sign language, maths and arts, the children graduate and are able to attend further education at a public school.
The school is also a home for hearing impaired children with mental disabilities, such as down-syndrome or autism. These children receive specialized care and appropriate treatment, which often cannot be provided by their parents. As the school for the deaf is situated within the same compound as the Pattaya Orphanage, the children enjoy the same access to food, clothing and health care as the orphans do.
In the same way we help the Pattaya Orphanage, the Human Help Network has been supporting and assisting Sotpattana School for the Deaf for many years.