Siam-Care Foundation

Siam Care takes a biblical approach to strengthen marginalized and at risk children, families, and communities through psychosocial support, health access, educational scholarships, family reconciliation, legal rights and HIV awareness raising, advocacy, and spiritual transformation.
Mar 25, 2015

The face of improvement

She is waiting for us at the entrance of a sunny, light room. Her face shows a big smile when she sees her ‘family’ from Siam-Care again. Isra is a HIV-infected lady of 45 years old. She has been supported by Siam-Care for 25 years already. Yet this is the first time we visit them in a long time.

As usual in Thailand, we take off our shoes when we enter Isra’s house and find a place to sit on the floor. I cannot speak Thai, so I just observe my colleagues talk, sometimes they translate for me. I see how my colleagues do not stop laughting at Isra, because she keeps on making jokes, while she answers my colleagues’ questions. I see the proudness in Isra’s eyes when she shows pictures of her stepdaughter, who is about to graduate.

Proud and grief
I can also see the worries in her eyes when she tells about her son (11), who is very ambitious. So ambitious, that he sometimes forgets how their situation at home used to be. He even wants to be in an international school, where only wealthy students go to. I see how Isra is torn between proud and sadness, when she tells that her son is exactly like her. Always debating and asking questions.

Able to
Behind us are clothes racks full with laundry, in Isra’s one room apartment. Isra points at the many racks and tells about the improved circumstances of her family. “I earn a little income by doing laundry for other people. I can give my son eight times more pocket money than my daughter used to get when she was young. In the past my daughter had to walk to school, but now they can go by bus.” Isra and her family are doing a lot better than before.

What’s the point?
Why do I share this story with you? Isra and her family are not longer totally depending on Siam-Care. They are able to stand on their on feet and that’s exactly why we want to tell you this story. To show you what happends when Siam-Care starts taking care of a family. Together with Isra we found a way to make money and we counseled the family in multiple areas. Over the years, this family was enabled to be more and more independent. Because of your donations we were able to guide them and help them reach their goals. Other families are just at the start of this proces. Will you help us to help them as well?

Feb 9, 2015

HIV in prison: open secret

HIV in prison: an open secret

She cried: “Can you please call my old mom and tell her I miss her?” Over 2000 women are being kept in the Correctional Institution in Patum Thani Thailand, mainly because of drugs. A lot of them feel ashamed of being in prison and never told their families where they are. They just ‘disappeared’, leaving their families without a clue. This week we paid our first visit to this prison, where we will support HIV-infected woman.

“We started to work in the Correctional Institution this week”, tells Siam-Care’s staff members Ongard. “The prison staff had heard of Siam-Care from other prisons that we work in and wanted us to help them out. All inmates had to do a blood test for HIV/AIDS before we came, even if they did not want to. Some of the women just found out that they are infected a couple minuts before we visited them. The impact on their lives is huge and thankfully we could help them immediately. The women were scared and had a lot of questions: “Will I die? Can I still eat beef?” We gave information about health and living with their infection. Most of the women feel lonely in prison and felt cheered up after we visited them. Especially because we brought them donuts; they are not used to specials treats like that anymore. When you’re in a difficult position small things can give you hope, like aomeone who simply listens to your story or even a donut.

Fighting for the future
Coming months we’ll keep visiting the inmates. We usually start with some recreational games, to break the ice. In the meanwhile we will tell them how to use their medicines. The first time the infected women had to come to the hospital, other prisoners looked at them through the bars. Hence everyone in prison knows about their health status. That is why the women feel very exposed and vulnerable. They see themselves as sick and infectious and have a negative self image and low self esteem.. Due to your donations we are able to help them. You enable us to change the attitude of these women towards HIV/AIDS. We want the women to feel confident and show them that they still have a future. Because hope for the future, gives new energy to fight for it. And that can make a big difference in their lives.

Dec 22, 2014

Shine into the darkness: Christmas in Bangkok

All attending families
All attending families

Thanks to everyone who donated money through GlobalGiving we were able to celebrate Christmas with 40 poor and sick families in Bangkok. What a joy to spread joy to people in despair! without our donors these families would be al alone with Christmas.

A famous song says: "It's the most wonderful time of the year". For most people this is true with Christmas, but not for the families we work with. Like the Phuanmob family, consisting of father Poo (41), motger Lou (39) and their 4 daughters Nim (18), Keaw (14), Ping (12) and Ploi (10). Both parents are HIV-positive and the family shares one small room, where they live, eat and sleep. No private space fot the teenage girls, no silent room to do their homework. Still the 4 daughters perform pretty well in school and are happy. Christmas is just like every other day for the Phuanmob family. They don't have money for a special meal, they are already happy if they have enough food at all.

Rice for Christmas
With the money donated through GlobalGiving Siam-Care bought basic supplies like pans, rice cookers and food. Every family attending our Chistmas celebration received a box with rice and oil and some small gifts for the children. Also families could win prices in a special Bingo game. The Phuanmob family won a rice cooker, some toys and a fan. It was touching to see how grateful they were after receiving the gifts. At least they can cook rice with Christmas and provide themselves a basic meal.

Grateful families
We could share many more stories of families like the Phuanmob family. We won't, just look at the pictures and see how thankful and happy these families are. On behalf of them we would like to thank you very much for donating money to Siam-Care. Without your help the Phuanmob family would be al alone and that would be a heart breaking story, since there is no one elses who takes care of this very poor family. Thank you very much, we're all in this together!

Singing Christmas songs
Singing Christmas songs
Some of the attending families
Some of the attending families
This girl won a fan
This girl won a fan
Grandmother receiving her price: a new pan
Grandmother receiving her price: a new pan

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