DEPDC

DEPDC is a non-governmental, non-profit community-based organization that provides education and full-time accommodation to children in prevention and protection of being trafficked into the commercial sex industry and other exploitative labor conditions.
Oct 1, 2015

A new family member and other updates from MRICRH

There have been some changes here at the Mae Chan sites lately. We are eager to share these news with you.

First of all, there are now nine children and two young adults here at the moment. We are continuously working on cases out in the field, trying to help families where they are. In some cases, that is not possible, in some cases, we have to bring the children to the shelter and take care of them here. Recently, we got a new family member. He is not two years old yet, but was in need of someone to take care of him, because nobody else was able to do so. He is a sunray here at the Swimming Home. We can see him grow for every day. From being a young boy that felt unsafe and not loved, he has become a child that smiles at every possible occasion, running around playing most of the time. To be part of this transformation is incredible.

The children who stays at the Swimming Home, attend school in daytime, and in the evening they are all attending aquatic therapy and English language activities. The children shows a lot of appreciation for the evening activities, which also include the need every child have to be seen and cared for. These children have already had traumatic experiences in their lives, experiences most people are unfamiliar with. They do need to be taken cared of more than an average child, they do need therapy and they do need responsible adults to be in their lives.

MRICRH usually consists of two different sites, one for traumatized women and families, called Ban Klang Na, and one for abandoned and abused children, called The Swimming Home. At the moment, we have been forced to merge the two sites, so all the victims stays at the same shelter for now. This is not the best situation, but it is the best solution we can think of. They all have a place to stay and a supporting network surrounding them all. The alternative would be not to be able to take care of more children in need, which just is not an alternative for us.

To all of the supporters of the Mae Chan sites and DEPDC/GMS, thank you for your kind attention and generosity. We are grateful for all your help this term and look forward to the rest of the term ahead.

Saving MRICRH
Saving MRICRH's cat from a roof
Aquatic therapy in the evening
Aquatic therapy in the evening
Relaxing at MRICRH
Relaxing at MRICRH's agricultural site

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Sep 4, 2015

Rice Fields for HDS's Lunch Program

Students preparing lunch for HDS
Students preparing lunch for HDS

Another three month have passed by and there are some interesting news about our Half Day School's (HDS) Lunch Program. DEPDC is going to grow its own rice at the school's agricultural site!

This year DEPDC's HDS will grow its own rice for the first time to support the school's Lunch Program. For that purpose we relocated the vegetable fields to a formerly unused plot of land and converted them into three rice fields.

After the ground was broken and the fields were brought into shape, we started to pump water onto the fields until they were completely flooded and ready to make the ground absolutely level. As it is the first time we use this fields to grow rice, field preparation took a long time and we were really happy when we could finally sow the rice on a small part of the fields.

The rice saplings had to grow for one month until we could finally replant them into the main fields. As task that is a lot of work, but could be done within very short time because of the help of all students, volunteers, and staff from DEPDC's Mae Sai site.

We now hope that we will be able to harvest rice for our Lunch Program in about three month and will be able to cover huge parts of the program's rice consumption with our own organic rice.

One side effect of the new rice fields is that DEPDC is planning to improve its field irrigation system. That will also benefit the school's vegetable fields as the improved availability of water will make us more flexible to grow according to our needs and it will also improve the food security for our Lunch Program.

When I asked a group of students while cooking, what they think about the Lunch Program; I got a whole list of food they like and another list of food they don't like, but asked what they like best, the common answer was Khao Pad Sai Kai (fried rice with eggs). Asked what they would like to change in the Lunch Program they said: 'We would like to change the menu and have more Khao Pad Sai Kai and we would like to have more sweets and snacks to the meals'. Wishes like these are not easy to handle, because we also need to take care about a balanced nutrition for our students, but we will try to follow our students wishes to a reasonable extend.

Finally all students, staff, and volunteers from DEPDC would like to thank all former, current, and future donors, whose kind donations made DEPDC's work possible and allowed us to provide the students at HDS with at least one nutritious meal per day.

Preparing the fields for replanting
Preparing the fields for replanting
Replanting the rice saplings
Replanting the rice saplings
Replanting the rice saplings
Replanting the rice saplings
The new rice fields under bright sunshine
The new rice fields under bright sunshine

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Jul 22, 2015

M-CRPC becoming CRP-CK and other news!

Lahu tribe village
Lahu tribe village

This new update from the shelter in Chiang Khong comes with some exciting news. The shelter has now moved on from DEPDC to become an independent organisation under the name of Children Rights Protection Centre Chiang Khong (CRP-CK). It’s still early days, but we have some exciting ideas and projects down the pipeline and we’re hoping to get the whole of the community in Sathan on board.

Aside from providing 24/7 support to now seven girls living on-site, we are also reaching out to children and young people who are at risk and/or living in poverty in the surrounding villages. Last week, together with one of the project’s kind sponsors who came to visit us, we went to check up on some of them.

Our first stop was Lana from the Lahu tribe (all names have been changed for the protection of identity). Lana’s story is a difficult one, but not at all unique, especially among the hill tribes where people are mostly stateless and so they get no support from the Thai state.

 Only 15 y.o., she is now effectively the head of her family, taking care of her younger 10 y.o. sister and ill mother. Her father, battling drug addiction and mental illness, she barely sees. Her mom, originally from Burma has no recourse to public funds and with no other income they are now effectively homeless.

 On this occasion she welcomed us on the porch of a friend, an elderly lady who took all three in while her son is working in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand’s commercial hub. An informal and temporary arrangement that will take them through the rainy season. Their monthly household budget now stands at 1200 Baht (about 36 dollars), a scholarship P’tuu has organised for her, plus other kind donations like the bags of rice, noodles and medical supplies we brought for her.

But Lana is a brave girl! She is determined to keep up with her school and can imagine a better future. Inspired by some of the training given by local NGOs in her school, she showed us the materials she had prepared for her own presentation on sexual education. She will be teaching other children in the village how their bodies are changing and how to cope with this in a healthy way. Also, she is trying to increase her income by selling beautifully made traditionally sewn cloth her mother taught her to make. The design is gorgeous, but it also takes her about one month to finish something she will probably get about 500 baht for (less than 15 dollars). Something to think about next time a locally handmade dress/bag/bracelet costs 5 dollars more than the shop variety.

She is just one of the young people who are living in extreme poverty, and we are trying so lend a hand. We will go see her again in a couple of months to check up and also bring her some new supplies.

 

 

 

 

Lana
Lana's work
 
   

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