Jul 18, 2019

Mental Health Aid

Dear Friends,

We would like to share with you a story of one of our students, Kannika, who joined The Freedom Story’s scholarship program when she was 15. Her father had passed away and her remaining family of six were surviving on just 10$ a day. She is also a member of an ethnic minority group, making her much more vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking due to her lack of rights and lower social status.

When Kannika was in high school she moved into a Christian dormitory because it was closer to her school and she had been fighting with her mom constantly. As time went on, she began exhibiting symptoms of depression. She was regularly feeling exhausted and stressed so she began coming to see Khae, The Freedom Story’s on staff counselor. Khae accompanied Kannika to visit a doctor who diagnosed her with clinical depression and prescribed her medicine.

When Kannika was about to graduate high school she shared with Khae that she was stressed about her decision of what to do next. None of her friends were continuing their education and her Mother had told her that the family had no money to support her and wanted her to find a job.

Kannika is very gifted in her language abilities and speaks English and Mandarin well. Khae explained this would benefit her tremendously and give her many opportunities in the future if she continued her education. After three counseling sessions with Khae, Kannika ultimately decided she would continue her education in International English at a university in Chang Rai.

Kannika’s depression has improved significantly as she regularly comes to the Resource Center to spend time with Khae and the other Freedom Story staff. She also joins in on the counseling activities whenever they are offered. The Freedom Story Staff will continue to support and guide Kannika as she transitions into University. 

With your support we are able to continue helping those such as Kannika!

With hope and gratitude,

The Freedom Story Team

* Name has been changed and photo is not representative of the story subject to protectidentity.

Apr 24, 2019

Plays as Awareness

Dear Friends, 

With your support, our students wrote and produced a short play for the community on labour trafficking and safe migration. One trend we see in our community is people seeking opportunities to work abroad in order to make money to support their families. These opportunities also present potential risks.

The group of teen leaders performed the play for two different groups in the local area, reaching over 120 people. Staff provided training and information on the topic, but the play was entirely directed and organized by the students. Opportunities like these help students learn how to work in a group, increases confidence, and develop leadership skills. By presenting knowledge in a easily understood way, community members can learn about trafficking easier.

“These are good opportunities for the students to  explain their opinions, for adults to see that the students’ voices are important, that their children have a lot of potential, and to help them understand each other more,” explains Kru Ball, the Activity and Scholarship manager. 

Thank you for your continued support! 

With hope and gratitude,

The Freedom Story Team

Feb 5, 2019

Impact of Family Camps

Family Camp
Family Camp

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, we ran a family camp for 7 families in December and had many moms parenting alone in attendance. For one of the women, Meeyu,* an Akha (hilltribe) minority, it was an entirely new opportunity. Meeyu bears the heavy responsibility of caring for 8 family members in her house. Lacking education herself, she doesn’t ask her children to help around the house because she wants them to prioritize studying. But between working and taking care of 8 people, she feels tired, stressed and this causes frayed relationships in the home. 

After the camp, she expressed appreciation for  the new ways she learned to communicate her feelings and needs, and will start doing this more often. Meeyu recognizes now how caring for her own needs is important for the whole family, and how asking the children to help with chores equips them with essential life skills.

Strong and healthy family relationships set students up to succeed and decreases the risk of trafficking.

Because of your support we are able to help more families like Meeyu. Thank you!

With hope and gratitude,

The Freedom Story Team

 
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