Exciting news from our translator in Bangkok! She has finally finished the first draft of the Thai translation for The Well-Armored Child, a book for parents about how to protect your children from sexual abuse. Now we will print some sample copies and ask various lawyers, social workers and counselors to double check them for accuracy and to make sure they are accessible to Thai people of all reading abilities. We hope for a finalized copy by the end of 2019 and ready for distribution by early 2020.
Trafficking Prevention Workshops:
Butsaba and Jay will be traveling to Hua Hin next week to teach the families of Abundant Life Center about positive parenting and internet safety for their children.
We had the chance to distribute 50 Days for Girls kits to girls in a remote village near Doi Inthanon, about 3 hours from Chiang Mai city and when the new school term starts in May, we will do the educational portion and distribution for other girls at the nearby boarding school that serves villages from all over the mountain.
Next month, we will be training the staff of Remember Nhu's Chiang Mai children's home in our suite of trafficking prevention workshops.
Feb 4, 2019
DNA tests are back!
By Heather Askew - Project Leader
Thanks DNA Doctor!
2019 is off to a great start, as we received word that the DNA test results for 3 of our students were received at the government office this week. If you don't remember, the kids need DNA tests because of spelling errors in their parents paperwork. On the parents ID card, it spells the name one way, but on the birth certificate, it's spelled differently. Most of the students we work with are from rural tribal areas so their parents can speak but not read or write Thai, so they can't tell a government official that their name is spelled wrong. Thankfully, this generation will be the last to have to deal with that issue as education is now compulsory for all children in Thailand.
So, we are excited that this process of getting the results has been so quick. The previous case we did, it took nearly a year to get the results. This time, it was under a month. Progress is finally happening.
The next step is to bring witnesses to the government offices to verify that the kids were really born in Thailand (I know, we have birth certificates AND DNA tests, why do we still need witnesses too? Because, beaurocracy. But, hopefully that will be the last step and by the end of 2019, three more kids will be the proud owners of Thai social security cards and all the benefits that go along with it! Stay tuned for more!
Jan 31, 2019
Partnerships for the New Year
By Heather Askew - Project Leader
We hope you have all had a good end of 2018. Once again, thank you for your support for this project. We are excited about the work ahead of us in 2019. We will continue partnering with Care for Children and are looking forward to putting a new plan in motion to raise awareness about foster care and get more families registered. In March, we will be taking part in a national conference about the continued development of the foster system and in October, we will attend the International World Without Orphans conference right here in Bangkok. We are also excited about a collaborating with the emergency shelter to provide short term housing for children in crisis, which was one of our goals when we first started Jojo's Sanctuary.
Our Child and Family Empowerment Program is continuing on and we will be teaching these workshops to a new set of Thai staff workers at various children's homes around Chiang Mai, with the help of Prosperous Youth Foundation. We also plan to take a couple of trips to remote villages for Days for Girls sanitary kit distributions and begin teaching the Days for Girls male counterpart entitled Men Who Know. We are very excited that in March we will be holiding a week long translation session to get the Days for Girls flip chart materials translated into the main 8 tribal languages of this region. We anticipate the distribution of kits to rapidly increase after this training and the more girls and women will have their lives changed because of it. Thanks to Days for Girls' Louise for sponsoring the travel and housing costs for the attendees, some of whom will come hours by bus to attend. We will continue to work with student dorms in the Mae Jam region to provide training in Positive Parenting skills and also teach them how to run the Child and Family Empowerment Program. Finally, we will be working with Rapha House Chiang Mai to train their staff in Positive Parenting strategies while HUG Project will provide training in trauma informed care.
All in all, it looks to be a great year. Thank you for partnering with us in this journey. If you would like to give another gift, we would very much appreciate it to continue this work. Please also follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date with the latest happenings.