Oct 27, 2020

Moving, moving - 2 new houses

Everyone helped with the move!
Everyone helped with the move!

Hello everyone!

It is time for an update from us in Pattaya again. Thank you for your continued support of us here in Thailand. In the last months, a lot has happened regarding our housing situations. We had the Tamar Vocational and Life Training happening, and all 13 women graduated successfully from it. With so many women joining our training our accommodation got really stretched. On top of that we started to employ a couple of extra women that needed a job urgently and we found out that one of them was in urgent need for housing for herself and her two children as well.

So, what did we do? We looked around our street and noticed that two houses where freshly renovated and available for renting. We talked to the owners and thanks to Covid-19 they were willing to give the houses to us for a cheaper rent than some of the other houses that we rented. We decided to give up two of the older houses and rent two of the newly renovated once, which are also a little bigger.

In early October it was moving day and you can see in the pictures that everybody got involved and helped moving. It is always amazing how much stuff gets collected in the houses – but after a whole day of sweaty work, the job was done and now the women are happy to be in their new rooms.

Currently we have 32 women employed at Tamar and most of them also staying with us, which is a new record. But right now, every single available bed is full, and we are again keeping our eyes open for more housing in case we receive more women that want to join.

Thanks to your help and support we can continue to reach out a helping hand to the women and children in need here in Pattaya.

Thank you!

But the car is better than carrying even small way
But the car is better than carrying even small way
Graduation from Tamar Training 2020
Graduation from Tamar Training 2020
Certificates for Graduation Tamar
Certificates for Graduation Tamar
Why are things so bulky?
Why are things so bulky?
Tired after a long day of moving...
Tired after a long day of moving...
Oct 27, 2020

Good things are happening - even during Covid-19!

Our students practising their skills in village
Our students practising their skills in village

Hello everybody!

It is time again for another short update from us here in Pattaya. Thank you for your continued support of the work that we are doing here in Pattaya. Without your help, we would not be able to continue, and that is especially true in a time like this, where all our businesses are not working due to the economic situation.

These last months have been challenging but in all the issues and problems we also see some good things that have happened and today we want to share some of those with you:

-          We were able to hand out many thousands of food bags to women and children in need. Every day we still have contact with women in need and are continuing to hand out food to them and offer them other help as well. In that way the pandemic has really helped us to get in contact with many new women, that we did not had contact with before.

-          Thanks to a donor from Germany we are able to give out hundreds of free haircuts to the bargirls. These free haircuts are a real help to the women and they help us to built new relationships and to find out more about the current situation and needs of the women.

-          We had an amazing Tamar Vocational and Life Training. 13 women joined this three-months long training, and all graduated at the end of September. We continue to train them and two of them are even taken over as our main bakers soon. The others are doing good as well and we continue to invest in their lives.

-          But these women are not only receiving, we already went two times and will go for a third time in November to visit villages in the Issan area of Thailand with them. During the times in the village, they offer their new learned skills to the villagers, cooking food, giving free haircuts, playing with the children, etc. It has been great to see them giving back some of the things that they have learned.

-          Our team in the card room was able to finish two big orders of custom Christmas cards for two big companies. It was a lot of work, but it was also great to send the parcels of to Hong Kong and Germany and to celebrate over Korean ice-cream with all the women that prepared the cards.

-          We were able to move to a couple of new houses. Not only did we get better, newly renovated houses, but due to the crisis we also got better rental prices on the properties and the women enjoy the new spaces

As you can see the situation is not the easiest, but there is also some light and some good thing that are happening. Thanks to your help and support we can continue to reach out a helping hand to the women and children in need here in Pattaya.

Thank you!

Women picking up food bags in October
Women picking up food bags in October
Women returning to their bars with Tamar food bags
Women returning to their bars with Tamar food bags
Graduation from Tamar Training
Graduation from Tamar Training
Women receiving free hair treatment
Women receiving free hair treatment
Oct 22, 2020

Trying to continue in Covid-19 times...

Giving out Food Bags in October 2020
Giving out Food Bags in October 2020

Hello everyone!

 

Greetings from Pattaya. Hope you are all doing well – these last months have been difficult for many of us around the whole world. The virus is still around and it seems to get worse instead of better. Here in Thailand, we do not have any problems with covid-19. Thailand as whole country had less than 3700 cases during the whole time – but the borders are still closed and so the economy is not recovering. It makes it hard here in the city and in many places around Thailand that are depending on tourism.

We are still visiting the women in the bars and even though many bars have closed down for now and some for good, there are still some women hanging around as they do not have any other places to go. For them, it is extremely hard and they often accept our food donations and offers of free haircuts gladly. For Thailand, it looks very unlikely that any sort of big tourism will start before well into 2021 and so we wait and see.

As you can imagine, the fundraising for our new building is also not progressing much. In the moment, we are looking at many areas around town and checking what kind of new buildings are coming on the market and what are the prices. So far, we do see a lot of new building that are for sale, but we do not see the prices dropping much. It seems people are trying to weather this storm and hoping for everything to get better. But we will keep looking, will keep checking with the owner of the building that we would like to purchase, and trust that at the right time we will have the right amount of money to buy the building and turn it into a vocational center.

In the meantime, we have started the process to get Tamar Center accredited with the local government for our job training in baking, sewing and hairdressing. It is a long process, but we hope that sometime in the next year we will be able to offer official government recognized certificates to all our students that graduate from our program. This will be especially important for the future guest house.

We are also very thankful for everyone that contributed to the last GlobalGiving Campaigns. We see the amount of money for the new building slowly increasing and are very thankful for this. Seems this will be a longer-term project than we had anticipated but as a Leadership Team we are still convinced that it is the right way to go.

Thank you for your continued support and help!

For the Tamar Family

Free Hair Treatments in our Outreach Center
Free Hair Treatments in our Outreach Center
Our Team after they prepared the food bags
Our Team after they prepared the food bags
Graduates from Tamar Training 2020
Graduates from Tamar Training 2020
 
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