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.
Nov 12, 2014

15 year old pregnant orphan

View, a 15 year old pregnant orphan
View, a 15 year old pregnant orphan

We’d like to introduce you to the Lhekyang family, consisting of grandmother Plaa and her 15 year old granddaughter View. View’s parents died because of HIV when View was very young, so grandmother Plaa has always taken care of View. Until a couple months ago, when something went really wrong.

View is HIV-positive, just as her parents were. She used to be quite open about this and shared it with her classmates. They didn’t react in a positive way: they started bullying View en hence she started feeling more and more insecure. At one point she couldn’t take it any more and decided to start all over again at another school. At the new school she only had lessons on Sundays, so the rest of the week she could work and support her grandmother, who cannot work because she is almost completely blind. So far, so good. We were very happy with this solution, for View was still studying and she could support her grandmother, although here income was very low.

15 and pregnant
But then the relationship between grandmother Plaa and View got worse. The old grandmother didn’t quite understand her teenage granddaughter and View didn’t show a lot of respect to her grandmother either. Therefore view suddenly decided to move to a friend’s house. She still went to school by that time and regularly visited her grandmother. For a moment it seemed like the situation improved but then View found out she was pregnant. Thereafter she and her boyfriend split up and she was all alone. She also didn’t want to take her medication any longer. Which means she puts not only her own life, but also the life of her unborn child into danger.

No contact with grandmother any more
After she got pregnant View ran away from home and doesn’t want to have any contact with her grandmother any more. Grandmother Plaa worries a lot, as you will understand. Being a 15 year old pregnant and HIV-positive orphan makes View a very vulnerable girl. She might be kicked out of school as well; as soon as her teachers find out she is pregnant. 

Story isn’t over yet
I would like to end this story with a nice ending. I would like to tell you that View is doing fine now and that she is living with her grandmother Plaa again. Unfortunately this is not what happened so far. This sad story isn’t over yet. Our staff still tries to convince Plaa that she should start taking her medicine again. We are the only one she still trusts and we do our very best to guide her in this difficult process. We hope she’ll move back to her grandmother. Whatever she decided, she needs financial and moral support. She’s just 15 years old and has no experience in raising a child. Thanks to your support we are able to help vulnerable children like View. Yes: she made some wrong decisions in her life but she has been very unlucky, growing up as a poor and sick orphan. Will you help us to provide View with knowledge about how to raise a child? Will you enable us to support View with some basic supplies, like food and oil to cook? She won’t be able to survive on her own.

View and her grandmother Plaa
View and her grandmother Plaa
Nov 11, 2014

An accident with big consequences

This is the story of Chai. He is a 50 year old farmer from a small city near Bangkok with 3 children: Chok (14), Leng (9) and Boss (5). Chai’s father was a farmer as well and so was Chai’s grandfather. A couple years ago an awefull accident changed Chai’s life forever.

Chai was driving his car to pick up his children when he crashed. He broke his backbone and ended up in a wheelchair. Hence he couldn’t work as a farmer any more. He was despirate and didn’t know how to support his family any longer. Then a friends offered him a solution: if Chai would deliver some drugs for him, he would pay all of his bills. And so it happened. Unfortunately it took a turn for the worse and Chai got caught by the police and ended up in jail.

Wife died because of HIV
This happened in 2004, Chai is in jail for 10 years already. He won’t be released in another 15 years. About 6 years ago Chai suddenly started feeling sick and found out he was HIV-positive. And so was his wife, who was still taking care of their children back then. She died 3 years ago. Chai had more luck: the medication made him feel better and now he doesn’t feel sick anymore, though he is still infected.

Share dreams
Siam-Care visites Chai twice a month in the Klongprem prison in Bangkok. We teached him how to take his medication and how to take good care of himself. Also we talk with him about his future and his dreams. We cannot bring his wife back and we cannot release him from prison. But we can accompany him in taking his medicin and taking care of his sick body. No one else will do, unfortunately. But for Chai our help makes a big difference. There is someone from outsite prison who he can talk to and share his experiences with. We are glad that, due to your donations, we can make a difference for people like Chai. Please continue supporting our work, for without your help Chai will be al alone. We use donations to buy basic supplies like soap and tooth brushes for the inmates and we use it to pay for the salary of our prison worker. So again: without your help, we cannot help Chai any longer.

Aug 26, 2014

18 years old and mother of 2

Due to your help Siam-Care is able to support many underprivileged families. We are very thankful for the many who support our project in different forms. We cannot change the whole world. But we can we have a huge impact on some families. Like the Buritan family, consisting of the 18 year old mother Por, her boyfriend Eak (19) and their 2 children Ping (2) and Nok (0).

Some of the families we support have a relatively decent house, usually inherited from family. But for the Buritan family, this is a completely different story. Both Por and Eak's parents died at quite a young age because of HIV/Aids, without any personal belongings. So after Por and Eak started dating and Por got pregnant when she was 16, they didn't have a proper place to live in. Two years later Por got pregnant again and now Por and Eak have 2 beautiful children. But no job or money to take care of them and to pay for rent.

Enter house thrue the window
Both Por and Eak didn't finish their high school. Hence is it difficult for them to find a good job. They are completely on their own, no family or friends to support them. Father Eak makes some money by selling food on the street. He makes around 3000 baht a month (90 USD), which is not enough to cover all their expenses. They cannot afford to live in a normal house. Fortunately the family found a room that they can rent. It is very small but at least they have a place to sleep and protect their children. The only thing is: their room doesn't have a door, the family has to enter their house thrue the window. Which is quite difficult with two young children.

How we support the family
With your support we would like to provide the Buritan family with some food, like milk for the 2 young children. Also we would like to train father Eak to find a better job so that the family can move to a better place. Also we would love to teach Mother Por and Eak how to raise children, since both parents are very young and don't have someone who tells them how to raise children. Thank you for your continuing support for this project. You don't change the world by donating to Siam-Care. But you do make a big difference in the lives of some families, like the Buritan family.

For privacy reasons the names of the family have been changed.

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