Siam-Care Foundation

Siam Care takes a biblical approach to strengthen marginalized and at risk children, families, and communities through psychosocial support, health access, educational scholarships, family reconciliation, legal rights and HIV awareness raising, advocacy, and spiritual transformation.
Dec 15, 2015

Giving hope in a hopeless situation

My name is Mariët and I work as a volunteer for Siam-Care. I would like to share the story of a young woman I met a couple of weeks ago. We visited her in a hospital in Mukdahan, in the poor northeast of Thailand. The woman was in the hospital for a couple of weeks already because she is HIV-infected but she didn't take her HIV-medication so she got ill. She had many problems with her lungs and stomic and had a high fever and diarrhea. Siam-Care's staff told us that she is so weak that she might nog live much longer. It was so sad to hear this. She still was so beautiful and had such a big smile on her face. Yet she was very weak and sick.

When we visited her, we brought her some fruit and other food. The woman had nobody else who was looking after her, not even family members. Siam-Care's staff spoke with her about her situation. Each day the staff prayed for her recovery and when we met again, a couple weeks later the staff was very surprised. The woman told us that she was getting better! No one had expected this, not even the doctors. It was a true miracle! The woman said that she still was afraid. She still didn't have much hope for the future. Our staff then reminded her of her physical improvent and of the prayers we prayed for her. They told her about Jesus who is the Healer and who is always with her. She told us that she was also praying for herself. At the end we prayed with her and then we had to say goodbye. Three days later we were supposed to visit her again, but she wasn't in the hospital anymore! She was healthy enough to go home. I felt so happy for her!

This is a story which tells about the way Siam-Care provides hope in a hopeless situation. Sometimes having hope is more important and more powerful than having the right medication. Without Siam-Care this woman would have had nobody to take care of her. She would have thought that this was her end, there would have been nobody to pray for her and tell her about Jesus. I was really touched by this story and it made me even more enthusiastic about what Siam-Care does. Help them to provide hope to others in need by supporting Siam-Care. Thank you very much!

Oct 29, 2015

Positive thinking in prison

Siam-Care often gives volunteers the opportunity to join their prison visits. Last month Mariet from the Netherlands came with Siam-Care to the Women's correctional institution of Pathum Thani. This is her story.

Imagine: you are in prison, you are HIV infected and because of that you are bullied, ignored. I don't think I would have been able to think positive about myself and my future.

My name is Mariët and I work as a volunteer for Siam-Care. Over the last couple of weeks I have seen how Siam-Care really cares (it's in the name) about people in a bad situation, like the HIV-infected prisoners. And how Siam-Care teaches about positive thinking in such dire situations.

Impressive results of 1 training
I've seen how Siam-Care in 1,5 hours teached 17 HIV-infected women in prison how to think and act positive. After the training the women told one by one what they had learned. It was amazing to hear their answers, I was quite impressed by what Siam-Care had achieved in such a short period. Wht the women shared? Here are some of their answers: 
- I've learned how to transform my negative thoughts  into positive thoughts.
- I've learned that I have a negative self image and that my negatieve thoughts subsequently cause negative actions as well.
- After the training I know that I'm not the only one in this situation, I've made new friends.
- I now challenge myself to think in a positive way about my future
- When I'm alone it's easy to have low self esteem and a negative self image, but now I understand the impact of my thoughts  on my feelings. I will try to change my wat of thinking so that I will feel better.

Bring hope together
If it wasn't for Siam-Care, nobody would tell the inmates that they are precious and valuable. Valuable enough to have a positive self image. Without Siam-Care nobody would teach the women how to have positive thoughts. And they wouldn't gather and make new friends. I hope you are touched by these women and the work that Siam-Care does among them. Thank you for making this possible by donating to this project. Together we can bring hope to people without hope.

 

Sep 10, 2015

Dear sponsor...

Twice a year all sponsor children and families write a personal letter to their donor. This is what Pok, a 14 year old boy who recently found a donor, wrote in August 2015.

Dear sponsor,

My name is Pok and I live with my grandparents in the northeast of Thailand. My parents died when I was 2, they were both HIV-infected. I am infected myself as well but my medication keeps me strong. I am very grateful that Siam-Care found you: someone who wants to help me finish my education.

I study in the second grade of high school and really like going to school. Although my grandparents work very hard, they couldn’t cover all our expenses. Therefore they asked me to stop studying and find a job to support my family. I was really sad when they asked me this but I didn’t want to disobey. I know how hard my grandparents work and I am really thankful they have always taken care of me.

6 months ago one of the staff members of Siam-Care visited me and my grandparents. They had great news for me: they found me a sponsor, to support my education. This has changed so much for me. When I heard the news I almost cried. You enable me to continue my study and to find a job in the future. I would like to start my own business in selling computers. I would be so proud if I could take care of my grandparents and pay them back for everything they have done for me.

Thank you so much for helping me! I will never forget what you have done,

Pok

Help a child like Pok
If you feel touched by Pok's letter and want to have an impact on him and many other children, please donate through Global Giving. Thank you very much for making it possible for underprivaleged children to go to school and work on their future!

 
   

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