Aug 18, 2020

13 new women moved in

Yellow House is one of our new once!
Yellow House is one of our new once!

Greetings from Pattaya!

We hope that you are all doing well during this Covid-19 Pandemic. These are strange times and many things have changed. We are trying to adjust to the new realities as best as we can, but it is a challenge and we very thankful for faithful supporters like yourself that help us to continue our work even in the middle of this situation.

The situation in our City is bad. When in March the whole Entertainment Industry in Thailand was shut down, thousands of people lost their jobs. Here in Pattaya, the estimation is that more than 200.000 people, mostly women, lost their jobs, mostly women working in prostitution, food sellers, taxi drivers, Hotel staff, cleaning ladies, etc. The Thai government put an aid scheme on, but all the women that were working in the sex industry did not qualify as their jobs are illegal… But the women are used to live on the money that they made every night and suddenly the bars all closed, no customers where about, Tourist did not come anymore and then our City went into a lockdown as well. You can imagine the crisis that started. At Tamar Center we started directly in March with food aid – we concentrated on the women working in the sex industry and provided thousands of food bag – each bag containing enough food for about one week. Many women not only lost their jobs but also their housing, as they often lived on top of the bars where they worked. We helped several women to get back to their families before the lockdown and since than we have taken in 13 women, that are now taking part in our three-month long Tamar Vocational and Life Training. The women are very thankful, as they had no money anymore to pay for room rent and many in our city have become homeless.

Right now, we have all our housing full, we have a single bed free for one more woman that could come and join. We also used the time of the lockdown to move some houses. In our street some newly renovated houses became available and the landlords from some of our old houses refused to renovate. Because of that we decided to upgrade and have now two fully new renovated houses. The women that moved into them really enjoy them.

Thank you for helping us to continue to provide good housing for our women. Now they need it more than ever!

New women that moved in with us
New women that moved in with us
Food distribution
Food distribution
Women picking up food bags
Women picking up food bags
packing food aid
packing food aid

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Jul 20, 2020

Life during a Crisis for children

Child receiving food aid from Tamar Center
Child receiving food aid from Tamar Center

Greetings from Pattaya!

Hope you are all safe. Thank you very much for your continued support for the children at Tamar Center. These last months have been not easy for them and brought many changes. But let me start at the beginning:

During the last couple of months three new baby girls were born into the Tamar Family and we took one more woman with a small baby in. That means we have four new babies in our care and because of that had to hire a second full time Nursery Teacher. It took us while, but thankfully we have found the ideal person and now the babies are well looked after and enjoy their time at the Nursery.

For our other children the last months where a challenge – first the lockdown where they basically could not go out – and that for children that are used to go out all the time, than the easing of the lockdown and finally schools opened again -  but schools did not open normally: Due to social distancing laws, some children can only go every second day to school and some can only go half days – other schools have shorter times, etc. It also changes all the time and the schools are also extremely strict about the wearing of masks, hand disinfecting and the children now sit at single tables with barriers around them – you can see in the picture below. (The other side is, that all restrictions for the public transport for the children to go to school have been lifted – as you can see as well. Not sure about the sense in that…) Not easy for them. Also, the school year has been adapted and for the next year they will not get a real school break - the schools are trying to make up for all the times that the school were closed.

The mothers of our children and the children all over the country from former women from us that we still support are incredibly grateful for the support that we sent them. Many lost their jobs or saw their income go down dramatically. The support that they receive helps them to pay for the school uniforms and books that the children need at the start of every school year.

The older children were also a big help to us. Tamar Center concentrated in the last months a lot on food distribution to the needy in Pattaya and the children joined and helped purchase the items and also helped with packing and distributing them.

Thank you, for helping our children and their mothers during these difficult times.

School situation in Thailand
School situation in Thailand
One of the new babies born
One of the new babies born
Our kids helping us shopping for food donations
Our kids helping us shopping for food donations
Distributing Aid
Distributing Aid
On the way to play...
On the way to play...

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Jul 20, 2020

Life continues - even with Covid!

Group of the Tamar Vocational and Life Training
Group of the Tamar Vocational and Life Training

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all doing well. The world is still in the grip of Covid-19 and we hope and trust that you are safe. Thank you for helping and supporting us even during this difficult time.

Here in Thailand we had no locally transmitted cases for the last month – which we are very happy about. But the restrictions are still severe, and no Tourists are allowed to come in. At the beginning of July, the Entertainment Industry was allowed to open again, and the bars opened. This brought many of the women from Issan back to Pattaya, just to find out, that there is no work. The Bars are full of girls – much more women than before – but there are no customers. Many of the Bars are also no paying salaries anymore but only give the women commission – which is bad when there are no customers. Now the women sit for 12 hours in the bars and get no money in the end for it… Due to this we are continuing with food distribution every Friday – the women can come to our Center and receive a bag full of food.

We also reacted in June and started a Mini-Training for women from the Bars. 10 women joint this month-long training – they came for the whole month and five learned baking and 5 learned hair dressing. They studied Monday to Thursday and Fridays were reserved for team time, counseling, and some fun activities. This Training went so well that seven of the women decided to leave the Bars behind and moved in with us to start our three-month long Tamar Vocational and Life Training - were we have a total of 13 women participating - the biggest group in years. They are now in the third week of this already and are still going strong. It is nice to see, how the women are slowly starting to trust us, asking questions, and looking for help. Due to the difficult situation in the country we have decided to now only let them do the Training with us for free – which includes Housing, some meals, all the teaching and a weekly allowance, but to also support their families back in Issan so that the women do not have to worry about them. We let the women go shopping and purchase supplies for their families which we sent home for them with the Thai Post and we are also sending money for basic needs to each family.

Otherwise, the situation here is still hard. Our Hair Salon has hardly any customers and this is also true for our Restaurant. But we are happy that we got a big order for Christmas Cards already which our women now produce, and we are hoping to receive more orders. Do you have your Christmas or Thanksgiving Cards already? If no, please check out our shop at the website below and think about helping our women making an income.

To sum up the situation in town let me tell you about a call that we received on Saturday morning:

Can you please help us again with food? We have worked for the last 11 days in our Bar and did not have a single customer coming in even for a drink. We have nothing anymore; can we please have some more rice and fish and sauce?

This is soo sad. We arranged to meet with these five women at a supermarket and bought them some needed supplies. They were overwhelmed and some of them could not stop crying.

We are trying in the moment to balance our workload between the 13 women that have joined our Training and helping the many that come to ask for help in our Hair Salon. We deeply miss our Volunteers and Teams that normally help us, but we are pressing on, also thanks to your help, that make it possible that we can continue to help and reach out to the women. Thank you!

For the Tamar Family

The women shopping for supplies for their families
The women shopping for supplies for their families
The Group of the June Mini Training
The Group of the June Mini Training
Our Team packing food donations!
Our Team packing food donations!
The women that phoned for urgent food help
The women that phoned for urgent food help
Handing out food to children in need due to Covid
Handing out food to children in need due to Covid

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