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.
Dec 17, 2013

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

According to Andy Williams December is 'the most wonderful time of the year’. He’s probably right. Families come together , people cook delicious food and everyone is happy. Although, everyone? Not if you have no money for a special dinner. Not if you are an orphan and celebrate Christmas without your parents. Especially for those people Siam-Care organized a special Christmas celebration. This is a story about a Christian feast in a Buddhist country.

As a Christian NGO , we support the less fortunate not just financially. Moral and spiritual support are just as important. If you are sick , money is not always the problem. Often the stigma that hangs around HIV is a bigger issue than just a lack of money. People often feel alone and ashamed of their infection. Take Moon for example. Her parents deceased when she was young and Moon herself is also infected with the HIV virus. For her Christmas is not a good time. It is a time of being confronted with the fact that she’s an orphan and suffering from a pretty bad disease.

Providing food and share a message of hope
Along with 40 other children and families we invited Moon for a special Christmas celebration. Thanks to around 1000 euro’s in donations (among this were gifts that came in through globalgiving.com) we were able to throw a special Christmas celebration. We were able to provide Moon and the other attendees with a special box of Christmas presents, plus some food supplies as rice and candies. We shared the Christmas message of hope and love with the people present. The message that there is a loving God who cares about every individual and who sees our problems.

Moon felt very blessed
Moon issued after the Christmas celebration that she felt blessed. Not in financial or physical sense. But blessed because she could celebrate Christmas together with children who are in the same situation. Moon felt blessed because she knew that there is someone who is looking out for her. Someone who loves her and wants to help her. She was also very happy with the relatively 'simple' gifts. Simple for another , but special for her. With only 1000 euro Siam-Care gave hope for the new year to 40 children and families. Because of this celebration Christmas was still a very wonderful time for these people. A huge thanks to you for your contribution. Unfortunately, your help is still needed in order to keep providing hope. 

Dec 12, 2013

A difficult Christmas for a ex-prisoner

The Christmas-season is about to start. December is always an extra difficult time for the prisoners of the prison-hospital of Bangkok. Where other people come together to eat and celebrate Christmas, the life of the prisoners ‘just’ continues. Therefore in December the Siam-Care staff brings them an extra visit to sing Christmas carols for and with the inmates, to let them know they’re not alone. We try to encourage them to not lose hope.

Life after being released
This story is about someone for whom we have always sung for in prison previous years. This year he will not be there. Prem is in fact released after more than 10 years in prison. Whether he will be happy this year with Christmas? That is highly questionable. After he was released, the contact with the Siam-Care prison-workers was diluted. Last week, he suddenly rang. Despite his freedom he got in trouble and he didn’t see an outcome anymore.

Not able to support himself
Even after being released, an ex-con can always come to Siam-Care for moral support. Two days after Prem called us, we visited him. Unfortunately he was suddenly suffering from paralysis on the left side of his body and he could hardly walk. He was in quite a lot of pain and wasn’t able to work, according to himself. In his livelihood Prem completely depended on his elderly mother, who sells fried bananas. Unfortunately, she doesn’t earn enough to cover all their expenses. All charges of Prem's medications could hardly be paid for and eating three meals a day was absolutely no option. Prem felt so depressed that he was seriously considering putting an end to his life.

Small things with big influence
What do you do when someone like Prem calls you and asks for financial support? We are more or less the only people he knows, there is no one looking after him. Basically Siam-Care never just gives money to people. We always encourage people to take care of themselves as much as possible. So we spoke with Prem and gave him moral support. Together we thought about what kind of work he could be doing to support himself. We showed him that there are enough options, even for a physically disabled person. Besides this we have made a small donation to his mother, so that she can improve her food stall and hopefully earn more money in the near future to support herself and her son. The things we did were just small things. But for Prem and his mother is meant the world. Prem regained faith in a good future. And he knows that his life is valuable, that there are people who care about him and want to inspire him to do something with his life.

Sep 20, 2013

Life in the slums of Lad Prao 80

Bell (r), Bam(l) and their twin brothers
Bell (r), Bam(l) and their twin brothers

Densely built homes along the Lad Prao 80 river, tons of garbage floating in and out. Conditions are dreadful and disturbing in the area. So many families live here, all affected by poverty, each of them carrying their own story about life in the slums.

Making ends meet

Siam Care is on its regular visits, meeting the sisters Bell & Bam. They are both sponsored, making it possible for them to go to school and to work on a better future. Together with their grandmother and younger twin brothers they live in a small wooden house, which is not more than a little hut at the waterfront. The floor of the “hallway” we walked on, is made of loose wooden planks, hold together by a few nails. It is amazing  how welcoming they are, offering us a fresh bottle of water, while they can hardly make ends meet. Bell & Bam’s grandmother does different things to earn money; one of them is selling grilled pork on the streets of Bangkok. The money she earns is just enough for the family to live on.

Receiving guidance in difficult times

Bell & Bam’s father left the family long ago and their mother lives in the south of Thailand together with her new boyfriend. It’s heartbreaking that the sisters have to grow up without the presence and love of their parents. Especially since they are in their puberty, they need proper care and guidance that help them to make the right choices and decisions in life. Siam Care listens to their concerns and provides them the psychological help they need.

A better future for Bell & Bam

Because grandmother works all day, Bell has been the one taking care of her little twin brothers. Because of this she had a hard time to manage her schoolwork and the chores at home. Now that the twins are old enough, she can focus more on her education and enjoy some free time for herself. Bell is 17 years old and will start vocational school this coming year. She has chosen to learn about computers, because this is what attract her the most. She still doesn’t know what kind of job she wants to have later, but she says she will be thrilled when she will receive her diploma. Her 13 years old younger sister Bam, knows exactly what she wants to become after she finishes her education. She says: “I want to be a kind and gentle teacher, like the teachers at my school” Bam is doing very well at school and it is very clear that she enjoys her classes.

Although both sisters have different ambitions, they have one thing in common; a strong personality and the will to move on! With your donations we can guide them in their journey and make  it possible for them to reach their  goals. Every child deserves a chance to be happy, don’t you agree?

Inside Bell & Bams home
Inside Bell & Bams home

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