Oct 11, 2018

We have a problem - all our accommodation is full

Playing games with our women
Playing games with our women

Greetings from Tamar Center in Pattaya. Today we would like to give you an update about the work that we are doing and are happy to report that we have a problem: All our accommodation is full! In the last weeks we were able to take in several new women that wanted to leave the sex industry behind and as many of them came with children we have right now all accommodation places occupied – which is a great problem to have!

We are considering right now to either rent another house where women could stay or find some short time solutions until January as in January one of the people that we take care off is planning to move back home to the home village and two other women will start a one-year long hairdressing and beauty training. This will create some more space for new women in our facility. As it is the goal of our ministry to help women leave the sex industry behind and start a new, normal, life we are very happy that they are ready to take the next step in this direction.

On the other hand, in the last weeks we also experienced why it is so important to always have some empty beds ready: One day in September a woman suddenly showed up at our place with all her things. She asked if she could move in with us and start working at our place. She had never been with us and had never been in one of our programs but had heard from a friend about Tamar Center. In night before she had a very bad customer that hurt her very much and she just wanted to leave the industry behind. We were glad to have space that we could offer her and so she is now staying with us. Her first weeks were difficult as the customer had hurt her very much and she needed several Doctor appointments to get better. But now she is healing very well and is also interacting well with the other women in our program and is starting to integrate herself with us.

Thank you for helping us making sure that there is always a space for a woman in need at Tamar Center. Your donations are helping us to be ready at any moment to take care of the once in need.

Grateful for your Partnership!

Daniel Vaupel

Taking care of the kids
Taking care of the kids
Enjoying food together!
Enjoying food together!
Celebrating Birthdays
Celebrating Birthdays
Aug 31, 2018

Mother of the Year Award for one of our women

Conducting for the Parade
Conducting for the Parade

Hello and greetings from Pattaya!

Time for another update from us. Thank you very much for your kind support for the children of our women. It is so nice to see the kids growing up being with their mothers. Just this last weekend one of our new women has brought her young daughter to stay with her. She was very sad that she was separated from her daughter while she worked in the bar as children were not allowed there and she had to pay relatives a lot of money to take care of her child. Now that she left the bar she is very happy to be re-united with her daughter and her daughter is happy as well. Her daughter is now staying in our Nursery while her mother works, and, in the evening, they are doing things together.

Another story is from a woman that is already a couple of years with us. In August during the Thai Mother’s Day (Mother Day in Thailand is the Birthday of the Queen), she got the Mother of the Year Award from her school, which is a big thing here. You cannot believe how proud she was to receive this award. Her young daughter was then also selected to be the conductor for the yearly school parade. Hope you can see on the picture how happy she was. It is amazing to see the change that our women are going through and how they start to look after their children and really care for them.

During our last family gathering, our monthly meeting where we eat together and celebrate birthdays, we had several fun games for the children and to be honest, the children were much better than the adults and won most of the games. It was a great evening of fun together.

At the end of September, the school holiday is starting in Thailand and for the first time we will be sending five of our Tamar children to a holiday camp. We will report in the next update on how that went. The kids will be gone for 3 nights and we hope that they will enjoy their time away with about 150 other kids.

Okay, so much for today. Have a great day and thank you for your continued support!

New women with her daughter
New women with her daughter
Games at Family Night
Games at Family Night
Mother of the Year
Mother of the Year
Aug 31, 2018

Many updates about things happening!

Graduation - the women with their teachers!
Graduation - the women with their teachers!

Greetings from Thailand to you all!

 

It is time for another update from us at Tamar Center. The last months have been filled with many exciting things. Here is a short summary of some of the things that happened:

On Friday the 10th of August we celebrated the Graduation from this year’s Tamar Vocational and Life Training. Six women left prostitution behind and joined the training that started on the 18th of May and we are happy to report that all six of them have graduated! This is the first time in seven years that everybody that started also finished the training! And not only that – all six of them are doing very well and all of them have asked if they could stay on with us. We have employed them all in our different businesses and for now they are all helping with a big order of 3000 Christmas Cards but next week one of them will start in our Restaurant, one other will do some special sewing projects and two of them will receive further training in Hairdressing.

During the training they learned not only about these jobs but also learned how to deal with finances, how deal with family and many other things. They all received counseling and we have seen them grow a lot in the last weeks. Some of them were very shy in the beginning, others suffered still from what they experienced while they worked in prostitution but now we see that they are on a good way forward. One of the women even went home last weekend and brought her young daughter to stay with her at Tamar. That was not possible while she worked in the bars and she missed her daughter so much. It is nice to see them now together.

Another update is from a woman that is already a couple of years with us. In August during the Thai Mother’s Day (Mother Day in Thailand is the Birthday of the Queen), she got the Mother of the Year Award from her school, which is a big thing here. You cannot believe how proud she was to receive this award. Her young daughter was also selected to be the conductor for the yearly school parade. Hope you can see on the picture how happy she was.

Shekinah from the USA also arrived in the last month. She is an English Teacher by profession and has come for one year to work with us and teach English to the women that are still working in the bars. We are very glad that she is here as she lifts the standard of our English Classes to a more professional level. She started to do individual assessments with all the women to the classes to see at which level they are so that she can teach them accordingly.

On the sad side we had to say to Alinda and Rik with there two children. They volunteered with us for the last five years but returned now to the Netherlands. We are very thankful for all the help that they have been but also sad that they left. We wish them a great start back home!

Good, so much for a short update from Tamar. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your continued support of the work that we are doing here in Pattaya.

 

With gratitude!

Mother of the Year Award
Mother of the Year Award
Conducting the Parade
Conducting the Parade
Mother and Daugher reunited
Mother and Daugher reunited
English Class
English Class
Goodbye bowling for Alinda and Rik
Goodbye bowling for Alinda and Rik

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