Apr 20, 2021

Citizenship 2021

cases in Fang
cases in Fang

Our citizenship cases have seen some great progress and some setbacks this year. 

Mae Fah Luang: We have one family with 5 cases in this province. We helped the mom get her ID card last year, and started working on the 4 kids next. The 3 younger kids have completed the application process and are just waiting for the government to assign them a social security number, which should be done by June and we will get to take them to take their photos and get their official cards. The oldest son still has some issues with his paperwork, so it's taking a bit longer to get his processed. 

Mae Suay: We have a family of 4 in this province. The mom has 3 kids and none of them have their citizenship. The issue with this case is the mom is a drug addict with outstanding fines for drug use so it's been very difficult to get her to show up for appointments and get the paperwork she needs. If she doesn't follow through, it's not possible to get the kids citizenship, which means they aren't eligible for health care and it will make school much more expensive when they get older. It's a bit of a catch 22 situation: her drug use is inhibiting getting citizenship, but without citizenship, she can't access drug rehab. We are doing what we can to support the rest of the family caring for the children and trying to get their help to get her to the offices to move the citizenship case forward. 

Chiang Dao: We have 1 case here of a college student. She just graduated from university, so now she is able to submit her college degree and get her citizenship card. We just need to have the village chief sign the paperwork and turn in her degree. 

Fang: We have had 5 cases in this area with 4 families. One of the students got her card already, hooray! Three of the cases are kids in 1st, 5th and 9th grade and they have all completed the application process and are waiting on their ID number from the government. Our final case is in the early stages and we are trying to track down all her paperwork. She is a college student in our scholarship program, so if we aren't able to get her paperwork together, we will wait for her to graduate and do the same thing as our student in Chiang Dao. 

We are going to take on the case of one of the college students from the class we taught at Lanna Theological College who grew up in an orphanage. It will be complicated, but we have hope we will be able to track down the people who have the paperwork we need to do his case. 

Finally got her ID card! (7 year journey)
Finally got her ID card! (7 year journey)
Family case in Mae Fah Luang
Family case in Mae Fah Luang
Apr 18, 2021

Transitions Complete

Hannah graduation
Hannah graduation

In the past quarter, we have had two kids transition home successfully. Hannah has been with Heather for about 16 months, with a break during summer holidays last year. She graduated from junior high school in early April and had the largest turnout of friends and family of any student there! It was fun to celebrate her. Also in early April, her sister moved into their new house and we were able to collaborate with Faithful Heart Foundation and the Bethany Global University intern program to provide most of their necessities. The house was basically a shell, just walls and floors, so between the 3 teams and many donors who supported this move, we contributed beds, bedding, closets, a sink, washing machine, stove, fridge, drying racks, curtains, and kitchen and bathroom supplies. It was a fun day. Finally, on April 11, Hannah officially moved in with her sister and baby nephew. Immediately after that, the country went into lockdown as we experienced a new and the most intense wave of COVID so far. Hannah and her sister have been enjoying setting up their new place together. 

In March, Butsaba and Jay had a foster son. His parents work in construction, which means they move from place to place as the jobs come. They moved to an area about an hour's drive from Pat's school, so he was going to have to miss his last month of 2nd grade and repeat the entire year again in a new school district. We have been helping his family in getting their citizenship cards for the past year, so they asked us for help in this situation. Pat stayed with Butsaba and Jay from Monday to Friday and was with his parents on the weekend. After school finished, they dropped him off in the village with his parents and where he has lots of extended family living as well. He will transfer and start at the school near there in May. Because he has so much extended family, if his parents need to move again, he will be able to stay with the relatives and not have to be disrupted further. During his time with Jay and Butsaba, they taught him the alphabet song in English and worked with him every day on his reading. His teacher said he improved a lot in just the month he was with them. We know from a psychological and emotional perspective that staying with parents is the best for the child, but it's difficult for the parents when they are illiterate and aren't able to help their child with homework. One of the benefits of Pat being in the village is he can get help from his older cousins and neighbors if his parents are unable to understand his homework. We are looking forward to him getting his Thai ID card later this year when the goverrnment offices reopen after the current lockdown. 

Thank you for supporting our transition homes, it enables us to provide care and support for not only the children but their families as well, and provide assistance for a successful transition that they otherwise may not have. 

Last day of school KFC dinner with Hannah and Pat
Last day of school KFC dinner with Hannah and Pat
Jan 4, 2021

Citizenship update

Citizenship for 2 kids in Fang
Citizenship for 2 kids in Fang

We had a pretty successful year of citizenship applications in 2020, despite the pandemic, and are looking forward to more success in 2021. We have 7 cases currently in process and are on track to have 5 completed by February. We are working in the counties of Mae Fah Luang, Fang, Doi Saket and Chiang Dao and are grateful to all the civil servants who have helped us get citizenship and opportunity for our clients. Several of our cases involve families with young children, so we are happy that they will grow up not worrying about their citizenship status but able to complete their education and get good jobs with no additional stress. Thank you for your support in this area and stay tuned for more updates as the year progresses!

 
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