BANRAK (A Loving Village) Project

By Wilai Foundation Ltd.

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The establishment of the Wilai Foundation Ltd. was inspired by Wilai

(a Thai name that means "perfectly beautiful"), a young girl who was both an orphan and stateless, living in Thailand. The Wilai Foundation, through its generous members, has offered Wilai both emotional and financial support and worked together to obtain a birth certificate for Wilai.

We have come a long way, however we are still striving to establish a safe future for Wilai, free from exploitative labour.


Our project BANRAK (A LOVING VILLAGE) will enable us to continue our support of Wilai (and other girls in similar situations). Will you join with us to

#BETHEVILLAGE?

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD.

About Statelessness

Today at least 10 million people world-wide (3.5 million in Thailand alone) are stateless.

A person who is stateless is someone who, under national laws, does not enjoy citizenship

– the legal bond between a government and an individual – in any country: they don’t belong ANYWHERE.


Statelessness is a significant human rights challenge, as it is both a product and a cause of other human rights problems.


Without citizenship, stateless people have no legal protection and no right to vote. They lack access to education, employment, health care, registration of birth,marriage or death, and property rights.

Stateless people may also encounter travel restrictions, social exclusion, and heightened vulnerability to sexual and physical violence, exploitation, trafficking in persons, forcible displacement, and other abuses.

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Team Members

Wilai Foundation

Jim Carty

Joanne Shears

Robert Hennessy

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