In 2004, countless Thai children were left alone and homeless by the Boxing Day tsunami. Former Australian police forensic specialist Peter Baines, working with the tsunami disaster victim identification team, was deeply touched by the number of children left without families by the natural disaster. He was inspired to establish an organisation that could make a difference.
In late 2005, a team of committed individuals, with the desire to help others, formed Hands Across the Water, an Australian charity that gives at-risk Thai children and their communities a helping hand.
Since its inception Hands has taken on many projects that are tailored to meet local communities’ needs – for the long term. The work is focused on improving the lives of the children and their communities today and in to the future.
What Cruiseco and our passengers can do to help?
Cruiseco have committed to building a much needed nursery at the Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage located in Khao Lak, 80km north of Phuket. The number of children calling the orphanage home has grown substantially over the years, with the young children (0-5 years of age) now needing their own space and bedrooms to play, grow and learn.
Cruiseco, with the help of our passengers, cruise line partners and Travel Agent members believe together we can raise the funds to build this much needed enhancement.
Our passengers are asked to donate just $5 per person in addition to their cruise fare, 100% of these funds will be directed to Hands across the Water to fund the project.
We thank you for your support of this wonderful charity.