The orphanage is existing since 1974, whereas the child protection program started in 2008. The project is part of help alliance since 1999.
There are three reception contact points for children: the orphanage, the child protection center and the open youth house (drop-in center).
We need your donations to pay the operational costs of the child protection program, for example fuel for the motor scooters of the social workers, food for the children living in the open youth house, and also for books and school uniforms for the children in the school center.
Benjamin Fischer, Germany
The child protection program is fighting against child migration, exploitation, abuse and poverty. To protect homeless children and give them access to education are core elements that are needed to provide a new perspective. Therefore a 4-step program including social workers, an open youth house, child protection and prevention work was implemented.
The open youth house (drop-in centre) in the city center is a permanent focal point for children in need, who life on the streets.
At the moment the youth house has approximately 750 “child contacts” per year. It is offering a first step to reintegration and supplies the children with food, clothes, medicine and an impermanent safe accommodation. The staff offers the children advice concerning their behavior and helps them to find a longer-term stay, for a few months, at the child protection center.
Besides concerns about the funding of the buildings construction costs, mafia-like social structures remain a major risk. Apparently there is a network of people trafficking children and abuses them as well. Therefore street workers often work undercover. This brings two advantages, first it prevents more child trafficking through acutally working against it while second children are protected even better through not beeing visible as co-operating opponents of their tormentors.
Those facts should help to encourage more children to accept the offered help and at the same time reduces the number of homeless children.
Since 2008 social street workers were able to collect evidence, that led to the detention of over 100 child abusers. So far preventive work has reached families in 17 slums in the region of Pattaya and in 2013 the child protection program was awarded by the Thai NGO award for the first time.
German partner of Help Alliance, Human Help Network e.V., is part of ECPAT Deutschland e.V., Association for the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation.
Radchada Chomjinda, Thailand