Today continuing to stand with families at-risk across Thailand
is as challenging as we have ever known.
There are preschool children needing support if their families are to avoid sending them off to orphanages that beckon and promise help, if the single mom or relatives will release them into their care. It's a sad situation to see, and the reason we run the "Keeping Families Together" program.
On the other hand, many poor families across Thailand today find themselves looking at their young teenage girls as essentially economic engines, ready to be put to work for the family. Early teen children don't need to leave home and go to work in the big cities, indeed, making such a decision is one of the most risky moves a family can make for the future of their children. Therefore, Keeping Families Together makes economic opportunities with training and counseling for families to make better decisions for them all to step ahead together. Community Economic Development can make a big difference for some of rural Thailand's poorest families. Take a look now at how you can enjoy ITSERA purses and change women's economic future's today.
Further, Step Ahead is soon to launch new Urban Gardening initiatives in Bangkok's largest slum community. Please donate $20, $50, or $100 to see this dream become a reality of hope for some of Bangkok's poorest families. Thanks for making a difference today!
Last you heard that our Step Ahead Isaan Center opened in Khon Kaen, in order to challenge the unsafe and uninformed migration practices that puts teenage girls at great risk of human trafficking upon arrival in urban centers, interrupting their opportunity to study and build their futures.
Now, we have also opened in Buriram and Korat provinces in Northeast Thailand. Step Ahead plans continued focused awareness raising, mentoring, training, and community economic development that will make steps ahead realities for families right across Isaan. Today, womens groups across Isaan are being trained to make beautiful purses that can change their economic futures.
These Community Economic Development (CED) initiatives provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way and creating alternative livelihoods for the poor, through community-centered processes that blend social and economic development to foster the economic, social, ecological and cultural well-being of communities.
Thanks for standing with them as they step ahead into freedom through GlobalGiving now.
After having served in Bangkok and Southern Thailand, we are so excited to be stepping ahead in Northeast Thailand!
In Northeast Thailand (Isaan), teen girls are often considered by their families as economic engines mobilized to urban centers to provide much needed income. The majority of young women in Bangkok and Pattaya bar-brothels come from Isaan. Unsafe and uninformed migration puts them at great risk of human trafficking upon arrival in urban centers, interrupting their opportunity to study and build their futures.
Step Ahead, partnering with other like-minded NGOs, plans focused awareness raising, mentoring, training, and community economic development that will make ongoing pursuit of their educations possible and practical. We have now opened our first training center in Khon Kaen right in the middle of Northeast Thailand.
Community Economic Development (CED) is action taken locally by a community to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way. CED initiatives create alternative livelihoods for the poor, through a community-centered process that blends social and economic development to foster the economic, social, ecological and cultural well-being of communities.
You can make it happen today by standing with us on GlobalGiving now.
As our committed Thai staff keep caring for the families and communities of Bangkok, teams of international school students are strengthening our programs as they come to teach after school English, come to Kid's Club, or run Basketball clinics. All of it means the mentoring and training for Step ahead families is more encouraging than ever.
Meanwhile, the four Child Development Centers in Southern Thailand, have in addition to the caring teachers in each school, they now also have two one-year volunteers teaching Conversational English from the USA, as well as, a young lady from Germany who is not only teaching German but also painting murals in one of the child Development Centers.
New Community Economic Development projects are also developing in Khao Lak ranging from a Thai Sweet Shop to a Catfish Tank, either way they mean more economic opportunity for their families.
Finally, we are excited with two trips we have recently made across Northeast IIsaan) Thailand, the poorest region of the country. Our plans are now in process to take our proven integrated community development into villages across the region to strengthen families and communities at risk.
Thanks so much for continuing to stand with us as we step ahead together.
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