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.
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!

Aug 4, 2015

Second chance for rapists and murderers?

Prison outreach
Prison outreach

Siam-Care has been visiting prisoners for many years now. Especially in the hospital section of the Klong Prem prison in Bangkok we have counselled hundreds of inmates. In this update we would like to share how we use your donations to make a difference for people in a dark place.

2 times a month 3 of our staff members reach out to the prisoners in the hospital section of the notorious Klong Prem prison. The section where we conduct our program is only for HIV-infected prisoners. Most of them only found out in prison that they were infected, which means they have very little knowledge of HIV/Aids. Therefore we always use one of our 2 monthly sessions so teach about HIV/Aids; how do you prevent the infection from spreading, why is it important to take your medication, etc. Most prisoners don’t stay long in the hospital section, every session we meet new people. Hence it is important to keep on sharing the basics of HIV/Aids.

Life after prison
But today we didn’t come to educate the inmates. The second of the 2 monthly session, we use to counsil prisoners and talk about their situation. Today we have decided to talk about the future, about life after prison. This is a difficult subject, since some inmates will never experience freedom again. Some of them will die in prison, others have to serve a life sentence in prison. Thankfully most of the prisoners will be released at some point, sometimes in a few months, sometimes in a few years or even decades.

Prove they can do good
During our session we challenge the inmates to draw their future. What will it look like? Some prisoners draw a big house and a big car. Some draw themselves working and making a lot of money. But the vast majority draws themselves being reunited with their family. They all feel like they have let down their parents, partners and children. They feel guilty and want to make up for what they have done. As Siam-Care we believe that everybody deserves a second chance. Even murderers, thiefs and rapists. Will you enable us to let the inmates dream about a better future? A future in which they will change their behaviour and get a second chance? Thank you for your donations, which allow us to give hope to people who have messed up once, but are dying to show the world that they can do good as well.

Jun 17, 2015

Second home

My name is Plaa. I am 20 years old and for as long as I can remember I have had a warm and caring family. Maybe not like other families who have a father and a mother, but I have a grandfather and grandmother who take care of me. I can always rely on them and they are my first home where I feel safe and protected. But I would not be where I am today, if I had not known Siam-Care.

As a child, without Siam-Care I would have stayed at home alone. Never gone anywhere, never do any activities and never would have known others who would come near me and talk with me, share food, dance, sing and hug. I never would have known others who give me love or extend feelings of appreciation, if it had not been for Siam-Care.

Second home
Siam-Care is my second home, and not just for me, but for many others too. If it hadn't been for them and my sponsor, I would for sure not have been able to study up to a Bachelor’s level. My sponsor, uncle Emil, has very kindly supported me all these years. Once I was able to meet him, this made me so happy I can't even describe the feeling. I was still very young but I still remember he bought me a football as a present. Every year since then, I hoped to meet him again. I've never had the opportunity to meet him and tell him the many stories I'd like him to know. But I let him know those things through the letters that I send him twice a year through Siam-Care. These letters give us the opportunity to thank our sponsors and return some happiness to them. At times I received an answer to my letter, which made me very happy.

Almost gratuated
I have now almost finished my four years of study, thanks to the support and guidance of my family and Siam-Care. They prevented me from going the wrong path and they patiently guided me to finish.

Future
I will take what I have learned with me and make good use of it for myself and for others. Thank you all, Pa Adrienne and all Siam-Care staff, who I consider my big brothers and sisters. I love you all very much. Please continue to stay with us when things are good and when we feel discouraged. You are our solace and you dry our tears. You are always there for us. It doesn't matter how much time passes by, I will never forget that the goal and reason I see today is because of Siam-Care. Thank you so much for the good life you offer to vulnerable children through Siam-Care.

 
   

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