Feb 2, 2017

Child Sponsorship started!

Some of the kids on their way to school
Some of the kids on their way to school

Hello! 

Greetings from Pattaya in Thailand. First of all, I would love to say a big thank you to you all for supporting the Tamar Children Sponsorship program. We launched it on the 01st of January. But let me back up a bit.

In December, we called all our women together and explained to them the new Sponsorship program. They got really excited about it, as it takes a lot of pressure of their shoulders. They were also very happy that we would support their children that are with their families and not with them alone.

We spent a lot of time collecting all the information about the children and especially for the once that are not in Pattaya, we made sure that they are really their children and that the money will help them. Than in the first week of January we paid the women the money out for the first time and started saving money towards their school costs. The school fees are due in April/May and October and so we will be able to cover the complete school fees for the government school for all the kids. 

Right now, we have 16 children in the program and will add more, when other women move into our Center. We currently have two pregnant women with us, and so we have a guarantee that the number will increase. :)

Thank you very much for your support of this program and please feel free to share the information with others so that we can get a full coverage for all the children.

Thanks

 

Daniel

more kids
more kids
Colouring during a break
Colouring during a break
Dec 29, 2016

Merry Christmas from Tamar Center!

Tamar Christmas Celebration
Tamar Christmas Celebration

Happy new Year from Tamar Center!

 
Another year has been passed by and we are getting ready for the year 2560 (Thai Calendar is based on Buddha) or 2017 (in the rest of the world)! What a year it has been! But as we leave it behind we want to wish you an amazing new Year and hope that your dreams and wishes come true in the next year.

Pastor Jim & Christmas 
The month of December at Tamar Center has been going by very fast. Pastor Jim came and talked on two evenings to our women, we had special Christmas celebrations at our English Classes and also at Soi 6. This year, we were able to hand out to all our contacts an Calendar for the next year. This calendar is special as all the pictures are drawn in Thai style (see picture) and we hope that people will hang them up and enjoy them throughout the year.

Issan trip 
Earlier in the month Nella, Pi Soi and Daniel went on a road trip and visited Tamar Center in Korat, a number of women that have been with Tamar Center in the past and also spent three days at Tamar Center Chaiyaphum. We had a great time and were able to observe the great job that Matee and Ooy are doing there. We will next year talk more about them, as they want to start a new project to teach how make Thai snacks to the local women. The goal of this project will be, to help the women to earn a small extra income in order to prevent them from coming to cities like Pattaya. We are looking forward to the start of this new initiative and hope that it will be a big success. Meanwhile in Pattaya, Steffi has been busy with a DTS Team renovating the card room and we are happy to report that it is almost finished. But you can still be a part of this project as well: https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/tamar-christmas-project-2016/

Many thanks for all your support! 
At the end of this year we would also like to thank you for your letters, emails, cards, prayers and support to Tamar Center in the last year. We are very grateful for your interest in the work here and hope that we can stay connected with you all in the new year as well. 


Merry Christmas and a blessed new Year from Tamar Center!
 
Daniel Vaupel

Tamar Team December 2017
Tamar Team December 2017
Tamar Center Chaiyaphum
Tamar Center Chaiyaphum
Calendar that we distributed
Calendar that we distributed
Renovation Card Room
Renovation Card Room
Nov 7, 2016

A lot has happened in the last month at Tamar!

Tamar Center Soi 6
Tamar Center Soi 6

Hello everybody!

Hope you are doing well. It is amazing how the time flies in the moment. A lot has happened and we are glad to keep you all updated with what God is doing here.

Last week Tamar Center hosted a small Conference: Sons and Daughters (http://www.sonsanddaughters.org.hk/ ) from Hong Kong and Tamar Village (http://tamarvillage.org/) from Singapore came invited by Linda Herrmann to meet with Nella and Daniel for three days. Both Ministries work in the Red-light Districts in their countries and it was nice to spent the days hearing about the work that God is doing through them, to pray together, to share success and failure stories, to encourage each other and also to look for ways how we can work closer together. One of the outcomes of these meetings are that next year Tamar Center will send a team to work with Tamar Village in Singapore. In Singapore, there are about 300 Thai women working in prostitution and the idea is that the team from Tamar will be able to share with them in their own language. Please pray with us, as we seek the Lord to see how we can make this happen in the best possible way.

 Another highlight of the last month was that Nella is back working again. After her sabbatical, we are glad to have her back and she is working hard on setting up the new counseling plan and with Alinda has already started a new counseling group with the women that finished the last training and will launch another group counseling for the women that are already a bit longer with us soon. On top of that she is working on individual counseling for many of our women. Nella, we are glad to have you back!

 Other updates from the last month:

-        Tuu and Waan are currently in Chiang Mai for a 14-day long Leadership Matters Course (https://www.wetrainleaders.org/lmc/what-is-lmc-2/) We are missing them here but are happy that they have the opportunity to develop themselves.

-        Oui and Nok are still on DTS. Currently they are on the first part of their outreach. This part is in Thailand and later in the year both of them will go to Nepal for the second part of the outreach.

-        Currently we have two Volunteers working with us. Erika from the Netherlands and Kinzie from the US. We are very thankful for their service and they are doing a great job in teaching English and going on Outreach.

-        With Waan doing the Leadership Course, Ice is in the moment in charge of the Restaurant. She is really rising to the challenge and prepared all the food for the Conference. We are really proud of her.

-        Right now, we have school holidays in Thailand – which means that every day we are sending one extra team member to help out in the nursery. Big thank you to Rik for taking all the kids to the sheep farm for an outing – they loved it.

-        In Soi 6 Melinda had a nice idea and got a couple whiteboards installed. Now she prints out a picture of each woman that comes to the English Class so that we all know who the different students are.

-        The church in Soi 6 is going strong under the leadership of Fon and Soi. Last week a number of women opened their hearts for Jesus when Nancy preached.

-        In the card room, we finished a couple of big orders and are now ready for more Christmas card orders. Do you have your cards already?

-        Steffi and Tuu are working on plans to renovate the card room with the help of a DTS next month. Please pray for good ideas and that the card room can really become a place where everybody enjoys working.

-        One new women has joined us from the Bars. R. with her daughter have moved in and R. is working in the restaurant and doing a great job there.

 This list could go on and on and on… It was a very busy month and we are glad for everything that was achieved. Thank you for your continued prayers and support of Tamar Center – through this, you make our work possible!

For the Team at Tamar Center

Daniel Vaupel

PS: Do you have all your Christmas Cards already? If not, please check out our collection of christmas cards, handmade from our women! 

Conference with Singapore and Hong Kong NGOs
Conference with Singapore and Hong Kong NGOs
Trauma Counseling Seminar at Tamar
Trauma Counseling Seminar at Tamar
Tamar Childrens Outing to Sheepfarm in Pattaya
Tamar Childrens Outing to Sheepfarm in Pattaya
Tamar Center Staff prepares Food for Conference
Tamar Center Staff prepares Food for Conference

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