ABOUT WORLD WIDE LIFE HUMANITARIAN PARTNERSHIP SOCIETY
Statement of Guiding Principles
To partner with like-minded organizations to enhance living conditions for “at-risk” individuals in under-developed countries, through avenues such as, but not limited to; Education, Vocational Training, Marketplace Ministry, and referrals to Micro Credit programs
Founded by Brian and Karen Shaben
Karen Shaben, President
Brian Shaben, Vice-President
Anna Harrison, Secretary
Shelley Penner, Treasurer
Linda Soles, Director
Pastor Greg Gill
World Wide Life Humanitarian Partnership Society operates in Thailand as Members of COC/Haven Foundation Thailand
ABOUT US- KAREN & BRIAN
We have always had a heart for service and have always believed in giving back to our communities. We have supported and worked with many organizations over the years, both locally and abroad. Some of the organizations we have worked with include Bow Valley Victim Services, Rotary Club of Kamloops West, New Life Mission, The Mission for Seaman, and International Humanitarian Hope Society. We have been actively doing hands-on Humanitarian work overseas since 2008. Our first experience running a Children’s home was with El Shaddai Children’s Home, in Sri Racha, Thailand where we administered this home for a month working with children whose ages ranged from 4-18 years old. We like to call this experience our “Baptism by Fire” into the Mission field. We encountered some very interesting situations and at the same time fell in love with these beautiful children. From that moment on it became clear to us, the true call on our lives. In Brian’s words “We were hooked!!”
Over time we travelled regularly on volunteer trips, including returning to Sri Racha, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, and Northern Thailand.
Each time we returned from Asia we left a piece of our hearts behind, and as much as we love our native Canada, we have truly come to realize that we must follow in body what our hearts already know. We are meant to serve these amazing young people of Thailand.
In June of 2015 World Wide Life became an officially incorporated non-profit Society, in accordance with the Society Act of BC, and by October of 2015, we had left behind our lifestyle and full-time careers to take seriously the call on our lives! We arrived on the ground in Thailand on November 8, 2015. We started out in Mae Suai , Thailand, by volunteering and funding improvements at Give Kids Hope Thailand, (Children’s Homes) and Pabongtaoganjan School (Boarding School for Hill Tribe Children)
In April of 2017, we launched Phase one of LifeLine Youth Development Centre in Chiang Rai Thailand, a foster care and training centre for at -risk youth. We continue to assist Pabongtaoganjan School in Mae Suai, Thailand. We are partner members of Thailand based COC/Haven Foundation, the premier Christian outreach organization in Northern Thailand, our avenue to legally operate projects as an independent organization. Our outreach to local communities and surrounding villages includes tutoring English to students of all ages, English Camps, teaching cooking, baking, swimming, mentoring and providing secondary education opportunities to the girls in our care and partnering with local business to assist them in expansion and development. God is continuing to bring projects and outreach in our paths and we are very excited to see how the future unfolds.