A Heart Full of Love for Children in Chang Mai
Compassion comes in different shapes and sizes. Some people are able to donate money to a good cause. Others feel led to provide helping hands. Some choose to make a one-time donation and others dedicate their entire life to the cause. At Nikki’s Place, everyone comes together to help mothers and their children who have been diagnosed with HIV be able to find a new life.
Our recent visit gave us a glimpse of how Nikki’s Place serves Chang Mai. The organization was founded in 1996 to help meet the needs of local children who were impacted by the devastating AIDS virus. Many of the children who are served have already been orphaned because of this virus and have nowhere else to go.
More than 100 children are currently being served by this organization.
Nikki’s House Continues to Grow
From the installation of a swimming pool to the creation of a cafeteria that can seat up to 250 people at any given time, Nikki’s House continues to grow in order to meet the needs of local children, mothers, and families. Even households that are threatened by HIV/AIDS can seek out help. As medical innovations help children combat this disease and live longer, happier lives, Nikki’s Place has been placed in a unique position.
They can help children who might be rejected by their families find a new community where they can experience joy, love, and most importantly… hope.
There are many remarkable stories that have come out of Nikki’s Place over the years, including the story of Nikki herself. In 1992, a 2-year-old baby girl lay alone on a bamboo mat in a government orphanage in Northern Thailand. Nikki had been abandoned in the “AIDS room”. Her medical chart read: “bploi wai dtaai: Leave her to die”. In a country that ostracizes those living with HIV, one extraordinary woman, Avis Rideout (founder of Nikki’s Place) was determined to prove that through loving and caring for those rejected and abandoned due to HIV, it is the incredible power of love that can and is… saving lives.
Each story has something in common: lives were able to change because someone recognized a need and found a way to meet it. The smiles on the face of the children here are a testament to the fact that Nikki’s Place is continuing to meet those needs, one child and family at a time.
If you would like to learn more about this organization or perhaps sponsor a child, then you can find out more about Nikki’s Place at their home site. You can also follow along with their journey on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.