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.
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
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

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