Asia Center Foundation (ACF) was founded in 2002 by Roelien Muller as a childcare center with 26 children. It now boasts six different programs and helps yearly more than 250 children.
My journey on Phuket started when I walked through Soi Namsea. The conditions were just terrible. I was not prepared for what I found in the slum while teaching English to adults working with tourists in Patong. Little did I know that my life would change completely when I saw the children’s eager little faces when they joined their parents at the adult English class.
I remember wondering, what do they do in a slum day after day?
I wanted to do something that would give the families I met there, hope again. It was not a one-man journey. It is by God’s grace and unmerited favour that I can thank many different people that played a role in bringing us this far.
Dr Danny Martin who believed in me, and introduced me to World Children’s Fund (WCF) – thank you for being there for me. Dr Joseph Lam from WCF who took the risk, and provided the funding so I could get started – thank you for your tremendous support.
It is with great expectation and excitement that I look towards the future and to reaching our goal of having our own facility.
All in God’s time.
Mrs Roelien Muller
Director, Asia Center Foundation
Read the full story about ACF History on our 10th Year Anniversary Book
See below Asia Center Foundation’s main achievements
|2001 – 2002
- The Asia Center Foundation was registered as a local non government organisation (NGO) on Phuket.
- Creation of a Childcare Center for children-at-risk funded by the World Children’s Fund.
- 26 children from Patong were under care.
- Purchase of 1st vehicle with support from World Children’s Fund (Japan).
- Start of Friday activities at the beach.
- The dental department of Patong Hospital helped the kids from the center with free dental check ups.
- First holiday program for kids.
- Roelien, Dr Joseph Lam from WCF and two slum kids visited the Queen of Thailand to make a US$10 000 donation to Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s children’s charity.
- Start of Scholarship program for older kids.
- Initial relationship with Pat Cotter and the Phuket International Rugby 10s Tournament.
- Expansion of the activities, kids under care and foundation staff.
- Asia Center Foundation provided assistance after the tsunami by delivering food, water and supplies to families in shelters and affected areas in both Phuket and Khao Lak.
- After the tsunami, the Foundation had 144 students on the scholarship program.
- Creation of a Safe House for kids from single parents who are not able to care for them on a day-to-day basis.
- Start of Saturday Kids Club program.
- Start of involvement with social work volunteers on an intern basis.
- Moving from Patong to a building for the Patong Childcare Center found in Kathu.
- Support from Rotary Club, Bangkok Gentlemen Spoofers Club and many others to repair and improve the new building.
- A British sponsor purchased 12 Rai of land in Kathu for the building of a permanent facility for ACF.
- First Patong Childcare Center ‘graduation’ ceremony took place with six children ‘graduating’ who left for Primary school.
- Support from Dr Troy Amdahl (USA) for a vitamin program.
- Start of the JumpStart project for Burmese students in Koh Sirae.
- Asia Center Foundation received funding for a 36 seater bus from World Children’s Fund.
- ACF were surprised and honoured to receive “The Spirit of Rugby” award from the IRB (International Rugby Board).
- The Youth Rugby Development program started with the help of Patrick Cotter, local volunteers playing for the Phuket Vagabonds Club and visiting coaches from various parts of the world.
- Bangkok Bangers Rugby Club, through Bob Pearson came up with a new fundraising idea for ACF.
- The first bike fundraising trip from Bangkok to Phuket by members of the Bangkok Bangers on Bikes.
- ACF welcomed the first Asia Exchange students.
- Expansion of the Youth Program activities by starting the water safety and swimming program, working together with the Phuket Lifeguard Association.
- Phuket Lomas Youth Rugby Club was registered in September 2011 by Patrick Cotter and ACF.
- The Phuket Lomas Youth Rugby Club visited Manchester for the Mayor of Manchester’s Touraid Rugby week. Ten Lomas boys went on the tour, the first time any of them had been out of Phuket or on a plane.
- The first Bob Dwyer Rugby Coaching Clinic was held at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club.
- 11 riders and two support vehicles formed part of the Bangkok Bangers on Bikes annual fundraising ride.
- Phuket Lomas Youth Development Rugby players represent Thailand in the Thai National U19s, U17s, U15s and U13s tournament.
- Launch of the ACF Ambassador of Hope donor award program at the 10 year celebration event.