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 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.

Aug 20, 2014

Dream to survive

Last Wednesday the prison staff invited us to visit them more often. You need to know that we are the only NGO in Bangkok that is allowed to go into the hospital section of the prison. Just once a month. But if we are allowed to go twice a month we can build better relations with the prisoners. And that is really important. An example what will affirm this, is the story of Derek.

Derek
We just met him for the first time. It is easy for our English speaking colleagues to talk with him because he speaks English. He is from Nigeria, and sentenced for dealing drugs. After they found out he was HIV positive he had to go to the prison hospital. He tells us that the circumstances in the prison are unbearable. The hospital section is a bit better. He also tells us that he feels very lonely. Because he is from Nigeria he does not speak any Thai, while his inmates only speak Thai. He is so happy he can talk to us in his own language.

HIV medicins
We talked about HIV medicines. Because some of the prisoners do not know anything about medication, our guest speaker first explains the basics. He interacts with the inmates about what sort of infections they have besides HIV and the side effect of the medication. After that there is still time to talk about other things. The prisoners are asked to sit together and draw a picture of their ideal future. Most of them made pictures of the rural areas of Thailand, with a house, wife and some cattle.

Throwing your dreams away
When they are finished they are asked to tear up the drawing. They obey and there is nothing left of the drawings. We ask them why they tear up their dreams. Only because we tell them? We want them to always remember that whatever they are told to do, they should keep their hopes and dreams. Having dreams is important. It is the way to survive.

(For security reasons the names used in this article are not real.)

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