Apr 23, 2020

Two Babies have been born!

Tamar Children playing in our street
Tamar Children playing in our street

Hello everybody!

Hope you are doing well and staying safe during this virus crisis that has hit the world out of the blue. Thank you for your support of the Tamar Children and for your love for them. Our children are much affected by this crisis. We are very thankful that all of them are safe and nobody has caught the virus so far, but most of the children are bored due to being out of school and forced to stay at home for a long time already.

Here in Thailand all schools were closed in early March and will only re-open in July. This is mostly because the Songkran Holiday – the Thai New Year and the most important holiday in Thailand – was postponed from the middle of April until probably June and school will only start once that holiday is over. On top of that, all nurseries and all non-essential businesses were closed as well. Therefore, Tamar Center and our Nursery is closed in the moment as well. That means that the children are spending a lot of time at home with their mothers. Some are doing very well with this and some are very bored. We are providing them with activity sheets and helping the mothers and encouraging them to spend some quality times with their children and most of them are doing great with that. In the next weeks, the Thai Government is planning to open school lessons on the TV so that children can learn at home, will see how that will go… On the positive side we never had so many children asking for going back to school.

We also have some incredibly good news: In the last month, two babies were born into the Tamar Family. Two girls with the names of Amira and Believe. Both had some little health challenges in the beginning but are doing fine now. Mothers and babies are back home, and all our other women are helping them with cooking, cleaning, looking after babies and everything else. It gives everybody something to do and the babies are bringing a lot of joy to the Tamar family.

In the beginning of May we hope that the lockdown will be eased, and we hope that our Nursery and Tamar Center can fully open again. We are already planning to put some extra helpers in the Nursery as it is a long time until June, and we want to put on some exciting activities for the children until school starts.

At Tamar Center, even though our work has stopped officially, we have still been busy. There are thousands of women without work now in Pattaya. We have provided many food packages to the Bar Girls and have stayed in contact via Social Media with many women. We also partnered with another Foundation and have continued to provide hot meals from a Restaurant for the Bargirls that are in need. Many of the women are desperate, have no housing anymore and are not sure what will happen, as Tourism and Jobs will be down for a long time to come. We are currently working on many different ideas on how to help the women that have lost their jobs during this crisis but need to wait until we see when and what restrictions will be eased.

Thank you for your help and for making our work possible!

Baby Girl with the Name Believe
Baby Girl with the Name Believe
Baby Girl with the name Amira
Baby Girl with the name Amira
Food Distribution to women that lost their jobs
Food Distribution to women that lost their jobs
Women waiting for food at Tamar Center
Women waiting for food at Tamar Center
Apr 4, 2020

Corona Update from Pattaya

Line of women waiting at Tamar for food
Line of women waiting at Tamar for food

Hello everybody!

It is time for another update from Tamar Center. First, let me say a big THANK YOU to you all for your support of Tamar Center during this current time. Who would have expected a couple of months ago that the whole world would be in total crisis mode now? Thank you for supporting us and especially to those that helped with our emergency appeal.

Here at Tamar, everybody is safe. Since last week Friday, we are basically shutdown, as the local government shut all non-essential businesses and asked people to stay at home. We are following this. But in the days before, we were very busy with preparing and handing out food packages to women, men and ladyboys (transgenders) that lost their jobs. Here in Pattaya, the complete sex industry was shut down by the government which put tens of thousands of people out of a job. In the beginning, the women where still allowed to stay in the bars as most of them were living there on the top floors, but when the whole closure of all non-essential businesses was announced, the women had to leave and found themselves suddenly on the street.

The impact here is very big. Pattaya relies on the tourism industry for 80% of its income.. I put a link below to a local newspaper article that describes the knock-on effect that the closure on the bars has. Suddenly, we received a lot of calls from women that told us that they had nothing to eat anymore and asked for help. We first packed 20 bags and drove them out, but our car got totally overwhelmed by many women coming and standing in line. We switched gears and over the next days distributed 470 food packages to the people that needed it – each should last for about one week. – It was great teamwork and we enjoyed it, even though it was hard to see the desperation in the eyes of the women. While we are shut down, our team is still in contact with the women. All women who received the food packages, received our contact information and currently, we are working in partnership with some other NGO’s that are still distributing food. We have decided as Tamar Center to concentrate on the emotional support of the women and if they are hungry, send them to others that are providing food. At the same time, we are getting ready to continue our distribution as soon as the others stop, as we are think that this will not be over anytime soon. Many women left Pattaya as well and returned to their villages, but now travelling in Thailand is also very difficult as no buses or trains are running anymore.

While doing this, we also had to keep the women in our program safe. Not easy in this situation. We have many women with HIV, two pregnant ones and some with other health conditions which is part of why we shut down for now. We are evaluating how we can safely continue. Difficult times! Thank you for standing with us and for being concerned about the women here in Pattaya. We will keep you updated and if you would like more detailed information, please follow us on Facebook or contact us via Email.

For the Tamar Family

Bar Girls happy about receiving our food donations
Bar Girls happy about receiving our food donations
Tamar Team packing the food bags
Tamar Team packing the food bags
Woman receiving food bag
Woman receiving food bag
Women who receive our food aid
Women who receive our food aid

Links:

Mar 10, 2020

First Meeting with Owners

Outreach Party
Outreach Party

Hello!

Hope you are doing well. Thank you for your support of our new Building project. Today we can give you a little update about what has happened so far. 

Through your generosity and the generosity of many other donors we have now raised a little more than 6 Million THB. We have hired a company in Bangkok that came and did an official evaluation of the building that we want to purchase. The result was a 62-page document that confirmed the price that we had in mind. 

The very next day we had a meeting with the owner couple and very fast agreed on payment terms and other small things, but sadly, when we came to main price for the Building, they asked for three million THB more than the evaluation price. We tried to negotiate with them, but they were not really open to it. We decided at that stage to take some time, evaluate our offers and that will contact each other again in next weeks. We are still hopeful that the owners will come down with the price. They had their expectation of the value of the property and were very surprised that the evaluation was a lot lower than their hopes. 

In two weeks, we will also present the whole building project to all the board members of our foundation. They know about this project but during the annual board meeting we get the chance to explain it all in detail and answer any questions that they might have.

So much for an update from us currently. We are hopeful to have a breakthrough soon and continue to trust that we can finish raising the needed funds for the building.

Attached you will see a couple of pictures from our latest outreach party. We had 63 women attending from many different bars and one left sexwork already and moved in with us and two are very close to move in with us.

Thank you for your support!

All women attending the Party
All women attending the Party
Table with women
Table with women
Food!
Food!
 
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