Jan 14, 2020

2020 starts with big changes - but we are excited!

Delivering Christmas Gifts and Cookies to the Bars
Delivering Christmas Gifts and Cookies to the Bars

Hello everybody!

Greetings from Thailand. We trust that you had a great start into 2020 and hope that it will be an exciting year for you. Here at Tamar Center we had an amazing start into the new year with a day of reflection and goal setting on the 3rd of January. But on the 8th of January we got a special treat for everyone: We were able to visit the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary with all our women. Most of them had never been close to an Elephant before and some were very scared but, in the end, everyone enjoyed it. We fed the elephants, showered them, walked through the jungle with them and even took a bath together. Great time of team building!

But looking back we are also very thankful for a great time of Christmas Celebrations and a good, needed break for everyone in between Christmas and the New Year. We had a nice Celebration at a local Hotel, and everyone enjoyed their gifts, the puppet show and the great food and games. December was a very busy month for everyone. We had many orders for our products and had several stands at local Christmas Markets where we were able to sell our products. Our Bakery had to do many hours of overtime, as more and more orders came in for our special Christmas cookies and cakes.

January will be a time of big change for everyone at Tamar. Four of our women are leaving us and starting a yearlong Hairdressing and Beauty school. We are very happy that they enrolled there, as we know this school very well and they will get some excellent education there. Two of our women have done this school last year, graduated in December and are now working in the Tamar Hair Salon in Soi 6 to reach out to women that are still trapped in the bars. Both have done very well at the school and we like to see their skills now put into practice – which has already brought in many new customers to our shop. Three other women are moving to Khon Kaen and will be participating in a six-month long school, they will return afterwards to us. Currently we also have two pregnant women will us, they are at similar stages of their pregnancies and so we will have two new babies with us at the end of March or early April. As you can see – many changes!

In February we are looking forward to several different teams coming to visit us and work with us, especially for our big Valentines Outreach where we hope to reach hundreds of women that are currently working in the bars. We will have the big Outreach on the 14th and will follow up with a Party at a local Hotel on Monday the 17th for all the women that are interested in joining Tamar.

Thank you for your support of our work and for making it possible for us to help the women and their children here in Pattaya.

Have a very special 2020!!!

The two women that returned from Hair School
The two women that returned from Hair School
Day of Refection and Goal Setting
Day of Refection and Goal Setting
Christmas Gifts
Christmas Gifts
Food at Tamar Christmas Party
Food at Tamar Christmas Party

Links:

Jan 12, 2020

New Year - many movements in our Houses

Christmas Outreach
Christmas Outreach

Hello everybody!

Greetings from Thailand. We trust that you had a great start into 2020 and hope that it will be an exciting year for you. Here at Tamar Center we had an amazing start into the new year with a day of reflection and goal setting on the 3rd of January. But on the 8th of January we got a special treat for everyone: We were able to visit the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary with all our women. Most of them had never been close to an Elephant before and some were very scared but, in the end, everyone enjoyed it. We fed the elephants, showered them, walked through the jungle with them and even took a bath together. Great time of team building!

January will bring big changes for our housing situation at Tamar. At the end of the year one women completed her time with us and moved to Bangkok to work in a 7/11 Shop and to be closer to her family. Also, this month four women will leave us to take part in a year long Hairdressing and Beauty school. We are very happy that they have enrolled in this. The school is here in Pattaya, but except of one woman all of them will move to other housing that is closer to the school. Another three women are leaving us to attend a six-month training in Khon Kaen, which is about 6 hours drive from Pattaya away. They will come back after that Training and will hopefully put their new learned skills to great use.

But our beds will not stay empty long, as two of our new women are pregnant and will give birth around March/April of this year. We are also doing many outreaches to invite more women to leave the bars. It was a huge blessing that we had spare accommodation at the end of the last year when the latest pregnant women suddenly came to our Outreach Center and asked if she could stay with us.  She was already five months pregnant and really wanted to stop working in the bars. She is very happy to be with us, we sent her to do some checkups and as far as the Doctors can tell, her baby is healthy.

Thank you for helping us to be ready for each new woman. We are also starting in 2020 to give each new woman that joins a big welcome pack with new towels, pillows, toiletries, etc. to make them feel even more welcome. All of that is only possible through your generosity.

Thank you!

Elephants!
Elephants!
Christmas Celebration
Christmas Celebration
Ice getting close to an Elefant
Ice getting close to an Elefant
Day of Refection and Goal Setting
Day of Refection and Goal Setting

Links:

Dec 16, 2019

End of the Year Progress Update from our Building

The complete Tamar Family
The complete Tamar Family

Hello everybody!

At the end of this year, we would like to update you on the progress that we have made through your help and the help of many others. We started to fundraise for our new building in March of this year. Before that we did a lot of research, looked at many different properties and companies for renovation and arrived at a total needed budget of about 28 Million THB.

We are incredibly thankful to all of you for contributing to this project. Every amount, small and big helps us.  Just in the last two weeks, we received donations of 11,500 USD from a Foundation, 22,500 Euro from a company in the Netherlands.  And, on #GivingTuesday, we were able to raise on Global Giving 5,524 USD for the Building.   In total, we have now raised 23% towards our budget.

Last week, we also had a short talk with the owner of the building who is still very eager to sell to us. We think that once we have the money we will be able to negotiate some reduction of the asking price.

We also continue to see the need for the expanded counseling center and the urgent need for more vocational training options for the women here in Pattaya. Right now, the economy of Thailand is not doing well. The very strong currency combined with the global economy is not helping the Thai people and many find themselves on the street in need of a job.   We see that especially with the women in the bars.   Customer numbers are down and their jobs are not going well.   Bars force the women to go with anyone.   Just this Monday, we were able to help a woman that was severely mistreated by a customer and left in a lot of pain.

As we look into the new year, we look expectantly and believe that during the next year we will be able to finish the fundraising, purchase the building, and start with the renovations. We will continue to work hard, apply for grants, talk to donors, and share the need with as many people as possible.

Thank you for answering our call for help already and for your interest and support of this project.

For the  Tamar Family

Counseling with Nella
Counseling with Nella
Outreach Team in the Bars
Outreach Team in the Bars
 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.