DAY 6:
A place to sleep for a street child in Thailand

Protection and security

for traumatised street children

Teerakarn Chaokoraj, named Em, born in 2003, spent the first years of his life with his grandmother. After her death, his life took a dramatic turn. He had to live with his mother in Pattaya, in a ruin along with other homeless people. He was surrounded by criminals, drug addicts and spent the nights with his mother begging. Fortunately, in 2008 a social worker of the child protection program became aware of the poor state of Em. After persuading his mother, he managed to bring Em into the program. At first it was very hard for Em. He knew nothing about a structured and sheltered life with rules. However, with the time he has turned out to be an avid student, has made a lot of friends and dreams of becoming a craftsman later.

Necessity

 

Sleeping places for street children

Activity

 

Pillows, mattresses and bedding can be bought and beds can be prepared and outreach activities are undertaken

Countable effort

After around 12 months

Number of street children who are brought to the center

Result

After around 3 years

Number of street children, which are given better prospects thanks to reintegration and assistance, education and training

Systemic effect

After around 7 years

Less exploitation, child trafficking and abuse of children and adolescents in Pattaya, Thailand

Background

It is estimated that there are about 20 to 25,000 homeless children on the streets of Thailand. About 2,000 alone live in the tourist center of Pattaya in the East Central Thailand, which holds a dubious reputation for being the city of child prostitution. Many of these children are trafficked from border countries such as Laos or Cambodia or come in the hope of a better life out of the desperately poor, rural areas in Northeast Thailand. In Pattaya and the surrounding areas, street children are faced with situations that no child should experience.

The good deed

Through today’s good deed street children in Pattaya get offered a clean and safe place to sleep. Our partner organization provides the children with mattresses, blankets, pillows and mosquito nets, which have to be changed frequently, especially in the emergency center. Furthermore, support is also needed to bring the children to the center in the first place, through the child protection programme. The programme consistsof the following three elements: 1. Outreach work: trained staff contacts street children and provides information on hazards, human trafficking, drugs, crime and abuse. 2. Drop-In: staff takes on temporarily affected children, gives them a safe place to sleep, food, counselling and assistance. 3. Protection center: if a children want to stay in the program, they can obtain a permanent place in the child protection center, outside the city. Here children can grow up in a protected environment, get medical treatment, education and training opportunities and the chance to develop into an independent, full-fledged member of society.

Challenge

It is a long process for street kids to get off the street and lead a structured, sheltered life. Especially when they know of little more than a life on the road. Not all kids manage to endure this change. Sometimes a child disappears after some time and will not come out of its old life.

About Thailand

Bangkok

Capital

65,926,261 (2010)

Number of inhabitants

5,678

Gross domestic product per capita per year

103

Human Development Index

The form of government is a hereditary monarchy. The head of state is King Bhumibol (Rama IX). He is the longest reigning head of state in the world since 1946. The national day was yesterday: The 5.12. - the king's birthday.

About the organization and further information

Association

Human Help Network e.V.

Certified by

DZI seal of approval

Further information and source