Support4Autism Project

There are no government facilities for children with autism or other learning difficulties on the islands of Samui and Phangan!


Children with even mild behavioral problems are excluded from mainstream schools since the school system is already under-resourced and stretched to capacity. There are two not-for-profit organizations on Samui caring for these children and The Rotary Club of Samui-Phangan offers its unconditional support to both these organizations and all special needs children and their families on the islands.

Rotary Sponsored Activities in Support4Autism

Fun House

A large air conditioned indoor play area carefully designed for comfort and padded protection from falls. Here the children gain invaluable motor co-ordination skills and general exercise which they cannot practice in an everyday environment like garden, home, school playground, beach etc. With the help of Rotary members and other helpers we support the children with ball games, building blocks, climbing frames etc. Currently this activity is once a week for one hour.

Swimming Pool Sessions

We are lucky in having procured the use of a suitable swimming pool (shallow depth throughout). Under the guidance of a professional swimming coach and the watchful eyes of Rotary members and others helpers the children have one morning a week to learn to swim – plus splash, jump and scream like “normal” children Currently this activity is one morning once a week.

Not-for-profit organizations on Samui caring for these children

Friends of Autism: Learning Centre for Magical Autistic Children (MAC)

This day center was recently set up by Khun Dalin, a Thai lady from a long established Samui family with two autistic children of her own. MAC currently cares for 10-12 children. Rotary is raising funds for building renovation, ongoing running costs and basic comforts like furniture, fans, learning materials etc.

Please help us with a donation

Your donation however small WILL make a big difference to the lives of autistic and special needs children on Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. Please see our How to Donate page for Rotary Samui-Phangan bank details. Cash donations are also welcome of course and visitors are always invited to join the children in their activities.

How your donation can help

Be a Fun House Sponsor

1,000 THB covers the costs for one month of providing this amazing fun learning experience for the children.

Be a Swimming Pool Sponsor

2,000 THB covers the costs for one month of providing life saving water safety skills with the added benefits of fun and exercise.

Be a Support Staff Sponsor

4,000 THB covers the cost of one support staff for one month at the MAC Learning Center.

Be a Magical Sponsor of Magical Autistic Children

15,000 THB covers all running costs for one month for this beautiful safe space. Come and visit to see for yourself.