Apr 4, 2021

We made an offer

Valentine Outreach for Women
Valentine Outreach for Women

Greetings from Pattaya! It is time for an update about the progress that we have made towards the new Tamar Building. Thank you everyone for donating towards this goal and a special “Thank You” to all who donated through the “Little by Little” campaign making your money go the extra mile.

In the last months, we have focused on the needs in the city caused by the different lockdowns, the lack of tourism, and the ramifications produced by them. We concentrated our energies on helping women who were homeless and hungry by distributing thousands of food bags, hot meals, and other needed things. But we never forgot our new building project. It was always there and we kept thinking about how it would have helped us serve these hurting people.  Right now, with thousands of women out of jobs, we could be offering hope and a way out with the new vocational alternatives.  During this crisis, we also, have seen prices for real estate decrease in Pattaya due to the number of buildings that suddenly came on the market. If you drive through Pattaya right now, you will see many buildings for rent or for sale and investors are trying to snap up bargain buildings in hopes of making a profit.

At the beginning of this year, we discussed how we could jumpstart the project again. We decided to contact the owner of the building and to make him a cash offer for the building. Our thoughts were that the owner might be willing to sell it to us now for less money, all cash, since the market is flooded with buildings. The owner was very happy to hear from us, but sadly was not willing to sell the building for the price that we offered.  He even told us that he actually wanted to raise the price from the one that he quoted us last (which was more than the building is worth). Somehow the owner believes that in the middle of the whole economic crisis where this building has been empty for almost seven years and there are many other buildings for sale, that the value of his property would be going up!  It is hard to understand the thinking behind it, but we believe that he just has a number in his head and is not willing to move away from it. As that number is over the market value (Pre-Covid, we had an external company do a value estimation of the building) and the owner rejected our cash offer, we were not able to move forward.

What are the next steps? Currently, we have raised a little over 10 Million THB for the new building and are continuing to fundraise.  What that means is that during the whole Covid-19 time in 2020, we still received roughly 6 Million THB in donations for the new building. We have now decided to start looking for different buildings in the area. There are many buildings for sale and we will try to see if there is one that would meet our requirements and be close to the women we serve in the red-light areas. We are looking to find a place close enough for the women to easily reach us, but also far enough away that the red-light district will not be a temptation/distraction for them.

We are thankful that you are with us in this journey. We are still hopeful to purchase a new building sometime this year. We are sad that we are not further in our progress, but hope that through all the delays, we will find the perfect building for us.

The Tamar Family

Food distribution continues
Food distribution continues
Woman interviewed to join vocational training
Woman interviewed to join vocational training
Bakery writting training
Bakery writting training
Games and Fun at Family Night
Games and Fun at Family Night
Free Haircuts for all bargirls
Free Haircuts for all bargirls
Mar 18, 2021

Getting ready for next three-month long Training

Interview with the new woman that moved in with us
Interview with the new woman that moved in with us

Hello everyone!

Time for another update from Tamar Center. Thank you for your continued support of our work here in Pattaya. We can only do it with your help and are grateful for it.

Since the last update not too much has changed here, as we had another lockdown for the whole month of January and into February where we could hardly work. We continued to distribute food and had a big Outreach during Valentine day and Chinese New Year which were very successful. One woman moved into our housing the day after the Valentine Outreach as she was not happy in the Bar and responded to our invitation. One other woman was tricked into coming to Pattaya and then forced to work in a Bar, but she run away, came to our Center and we were able to help her find a new job.

In the last weeks we did some renovation in our Houses. Some doors got repaired, we installed a new water pump in one house that was broken, and we are working on some furniture replacement as well. We are getting ready for hopefully another group of women to move in as we are planning to start the next Tamar Vocational and Life Training in the beginning of May. We hope for 8-12 women to come and join for that.

At the end of last year one of our women moved out of our housing and started a new job with a foundation here in town. Last week Saturday we visited her there and she is very thankful for the help that we were able to give to her. She really loves her new job – she is the House Mum for a children home now. She even has a garden and as one of her passion is gardening, she was able to start in December a vegetable garden and in March she came for a visit back to us and brought a big load of freshly grown vegetables and shared them with our women! It is really nice to see how happy she is now – especially compared to how she looked when she came from the Bars to us.

That brings us already to the end of our little update today. Please feel free to email us if you would like to have more information or if you would like to ask specific questions. Thank you again for giving a home and shelter to women that have nothing anymore!

For the Tamar Family

Valentine Day Outreach
Valentine Day Outreach
Our women in her new job with Tamar Leaders
Our women in her new job with Tamar Leaders
Tamar Team at the Beach after lockdown
Tamar Team at the Beach after lockdown
Tamar children enjoying beach after lockdown
Tamar children enjoying beach after lockdown
Mar 18, 2021

Slowly schools are returning to normal

Showing off the project that they made
Showing off the project that they made

Hello everyone!

Here comes another update about the children at Tamar Center. The whole last year has been very weird for them. The long times where the school were closed, then a time where the schools only opened for half days followed by a short normal time towards the end of the year. Sadly 2021 started with another complete shutdown for all schools for the whole month of January and right now only half the schools are running normally, and the other half are only running for half days. The only good thing for the kids is that they will not have exams at the end of this school term. They are really enjoying that!   In Thailand, the school year normally finishes in March and starts in May the next school year starts. But this year the school year goes until the middle of April and starts at the beginning of May already to make up some of the lost time.

The year was also not easy for the mothers as they had a hard time with home schooling and keeping the children busy at home. I think they are even happier than the children that schools and our nursery are open again. When things opened, we were finally able to have the first Tamar Family Night of 2021 at the end of February. We all went to the beach, had a barbecue, and did many games with the children. They enjoyed the running around and we adults were happy that we could be outside and finally with a bigger group again. Pattaya right now is actually nice – there are still no Tourists around (which is very hard for the economy and for jobs but great for traffic and empty beaches!). We are trying to make as much as possible out of these weeks and just hope that there will be no further lockdowns. Thailand has finally started a vaccination program and it looks likely that maybe in October Tourist will be allowed back into the country.

You will also see some pictures attached from a former Tamar woman that now has her own job but where we still support her children. We had a meeting with her and then took her shopping for supplies for school and some gifts for her children as well. She had a lot of fun picking the items and sharing them with her children.

We are also very happy that we can report that one of our babies got very good news. When she was born the doctors detected some issues with the heart muscle. Now that the child is about a year old, they went for a check-up to a special heart clinic for children and the Doctors confirmed that the muscle has grown and is now almost 100% as it should be – which is really amazing, and we are very thankful for that.

Attached you will see some of the pictures of our children from an outing that we did with them just after Christmas to a Zoo. It was only three days before the second surprise lockdown started and we were glad that we managed to do an outing at that time.

Good, so much from us from Pattaya. The kids are now looking forward to a normal school break and hopefully they can really enjoy this holiday and play outside a lot!

Thank you for your continued support of the children of Tamar Center!

For the Tamar Family

Finally Beach again!
Finally Beach again!
Three Birthday Kids
Three Birthday Kids
Zoo outing
Zoo outing
Zoo - find the animal
Zoo - find the animal
Gifts!
Gifts!
 
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