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
Nov 1, 2019

How would you feel?

Outreach to the Bars
Outreach to the Bars

Hello everybody!

Thank you for your continued support of the work that we are doing here in Pattaya. It is time for another update again.

Please imagine you are a young girl, have just arrived in the big city and are working in a bar where you are expected to sexually service the customers. Imagine you see a lot of foreigners coming and eyeing you the whole night, sizing you up, etc.? I guess we can all agree that that is not a good situation. But this is exactly how one of the young women that has started at Tamar has felt when she arrived in Pattaya and started working in a bar. Thankfully she did not work in the bar for a long time – she met one of our Outreach teams and decided to leave the bar and come join our vocational program. You should see her now, she is a different woman, even though she is only a few weeks with us, she is relaxed, smiles, asks questions and learns and makes plans for the rest of her life. That is the change that you are making possible through your donation.

Here are some other short updates for you:

  • In October we had an Inner Healing Seminar from a local Couple that has a lot of experience. They spent time with our women as a group and also individual. The Seminar helped our women to have breakthroughs and to work through some Traumas from their past
  • We are busy working on many orders of the products that our women are making, especially the Christmas Cards. Check them out at the link below if you are interested.
  • During the school holidays we took the Tamar Children and the Moms to an aquarium. It was the first time for most of them and they enjoyed their time
  • The Tamar free English Classes have attracted several new women that are coming regular
  • One of our women had the desire to go deeper with her English and we were able to pay lessons for her at a local English School. She is making good progress

 So much as an update from us. Thank you for staying with us!

Some of our women in their accomodations
Some of our women in their accomodations
Working on beautiful Christmas Cards
Working on beautiful Christmas Cards
Inner Healing Seminar
Inner Healing Seminar

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Oct 30, 2019

Three new women - the coming and goings at Tamar

Some of the new women at our Family Night
Some of the new women at our Family Night

Thank you for your continued support of Tamar Center. Especially this project is very important as we need to have housing available on very short notice. Since the last update, we welcomed three new women to our housing. One only stayed for a couple of days and then moved on and is now working in a factory about 40 minutes away from Pattaya. She was very shocked about her experiences in the sex industry of Pattaya and come to us to work through her experience and then moved on.

The second lady left after about four weeks with us. She is pregnant and because of that had some issues with her family back home. She came to Tamar to stop working in prostitution and we helped her to settle down, receive some counseling, helped her to think about reconnecting with her bigger family and in the end, when she decided to return to her family and makeup with them, we had a small goodbye party for her and the whole team brought her to the Bus Stop so that she could return home.

The third woman is still with us. She is still very young, was also shocked and traumatized about her experiences in the bars but is doing much better now. She has recovered, she is joking around and our counseling team was able to sit down with her and make a plan for the next year for her. She wants to recover fully and then become a hairdresser. We will work with her so that she can fulfill this dream.

We could help these three women through your help. You made it possible for us to have houses available for them to move in and to be helped. Thank you for helping us cover the monthly costs for this. It is worth every cent!

Also, for your information, we updated one of the houses that we rent. The owner of the old house did not do any renovations and so we stopped renting this house and have just signed a new contract with another house that is also in our street but in a much better condition than the other one. We also painted in one house and repaired some smaller things in the other once. There is always something to do!

Daniel Vaupel

The Team finishing a big order in their new job
The Team finishing a big order in their new job
Our kids exploring the street where we stay
Our kids exploring the street where we stay
Our women receiving English Lessons
Our women receiving English Lessons

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