Life in Bangkok's largest slum community is no picnic. As you walk through the footpaths winding around two square kilometers and home to over 100,000 people, you see many aunties and grandmothers struggling hard to help the little ones that have fallen to their care. Now, Step Ahead's Keeping Families Together program is with them in Bangkok's Klong Toey slum community.
The UN states that 80 percent of children are placed in residential care because of poverty. Our research in Thailand shows over 70 percent of children in Thai residential homes have family, but they were too poor to care for the children.
Why not help keep kids in families, rather than see them keep going to orphanages? Further, it is at least 8 times more to care for a child in an orphanage than in a family. Keeping Families Together can stop many from entering residential care centers to begin with, but we need your help.
Step Ahead's KFT mobilizes the local church and community to support families through holistic development trainings, income generation assistance, educational opportunities, psychosocial support, health care, and spiritual transformation.
Thanks for your support to help some of Bangkok's most at-risk families step ahead today!
When Step Ahead opened in Khao Lak three months after the SE Asian tsunami, 370 students signed up for various trainings including 12 English classes. Over 1,500 students on, we still help bring hope to people living in the whole Khao Lak region via opening doors to step ahead in their personal and professional development.
Further, Step Ahead has because of the opportunities and learnings over these years become a leader in Alternative Care for Orphans in Asia. "Keeping Families Together" as a program is helping keep orphaned children in their families often living with single moms, Aunts or Uncles, or grandparents. Without such family-based alternatives many children would essentially be sent to orphanages as part of an ill-conceived economic solution.
Meanwhile, Step Ahead Child Development Centers still bring great development to preschool children and increase opportunities because of much improved educational horizons as they enter primary school.
Thanks much for continuing to stand with us, as we stand with the people still stepping ahead on the Andaman Sea coast.
When international youth of Bangkok show up in the city's largest slum community, good things can happen. Like playing basketball, or learing Thai boxing, or jumping rubber band ropes- Thai style.
Unquestionably, its a crash of cultures with expat kids from around Asia and around the world, but its an opportunity for the expat kids and Thai children and youth to connect and have fun together even though often spoken language is not a part of the mix of life together.
Step Ahead has made ways for the children of Klong Toey and the often highly priviledged expat youth of Bangkok to spend good times together every week. Its a step ahead for the local Klong Toey kids to know they are not forgotten and able to connect with other kids from around the globe, and an opportunity for Bangkok expat youth to learn that they actually can learn from their new friends from Klong Toey Slum Community.