- ChildFund came to Thailand: 1959
- Population below poverty line: 10%
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Once known as Siam, the Southeast Asian constitutional monarchy of Thailand is the only country in the region that has never been occupied by a European power. Myanmar (the former Burma), Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea border the country, which is the world’s 20th most populated. King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world’s longest-reigning monarch.
Though agriculture provides an income for many Thais, earning a consistent living through farming is difficult because of an unpredictable climate and varied rainfall as well as poor soil conditions. With little income for family support, parents must make difficult choices. Children suffer from a lack of nutrition and little access to education. Regular healthcare and medical attention is often neglected.
Nurturing Children and Youth
“A mobile library initiative trains children as librarians who travel from village to village each month.”
We’re building Early Childhood Development Centers where young children receive nutritious meals and participate in cognitive development and early learning activities. Parents receive training in proper hygiene, food preparation and childcare.
Our “Breakfast for Kids” campaign helps children obtain a healthy start in life, and a supplementary food program helps them learn to make better food choices on an ongoing basis.
We help children and their families create their own sources of food through our Food Safety Program where small farms are created on school grounds. Basic farming techniques are taught, tools are provided and the harvests are used to create free school lunches.
So that more children can receive an education, we provide parents with school uniforms, shoes, books, even transportation to and from school. For older children, we offer career development and youth-leader training to prepare them for a productive future.
A “mobile library” initiative trains children as librarians who travel from village to village each month. These traveling libraries provide books for children and their parents as well as story-telling sessions, puppet productions, art projects and creative writing assignments to help support basic educational efforts.
Access to Healthcare and Disease Prevention
Hope for a life out of poverty often starts with good health so we regularly monitor children’s growth and provide them with basic health services, including dental care, immunizations and training on disease prevention, including AIDS.
We’re helping communities in remote areas have access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Water filters, safer latrines, clean water containers and cisterns, along with proper hygiene education, help reduce preventable diseases and conditions such as diarrhea and intestinal parasites.
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