Corona Emergency Support

by Siam-Care Foundation
Corona Emergency Support
Corona Emergency Support
Corona Emergency Support
Corona Emergency Support
Corona Emergency Support
Corona Emergency Support

As you may have noticed, Thailand has pretty much fully reopened. Tourists can enter the country without having to do any testing or quarantine. This will hopefully lead to more jobs and more income for the poor Thais. Many of them have been without work for 2 years. 

We have an office in Phang Nga province, a province much relying on tourism. The families we work with in that region, have been without work since the start of the pandemic. Tourists stayed away, hotels and restaurants all closed down, and thus there was no work. This region was one of the hardest hit. Now that tourists slowly start to return, we are hoping to see an effect of that on the number of jobs available.

Many of the families in our program are uneducated, making it difficult to find a job. They mainly work are cleaners in hotels, or in little restaurants, serving local food to hotel staff. The last 2 years have been extremely challenging for our families and they were all struggling to make ends meet. We have been making sure that no one went hungry, by providing food, clothes and other basic necessities. With your support, this was made possible. Thank you for that!

It will take a few more months (or years) before numbers of tourists will start increasing and more jobs will be created. Until then, we will keep on looking after the most vulnerable. 

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COVID is still affecting many lives in Thailand. Many people are still without work, although the situation slowly seems to be improving. The country's borders are slowly opening up and hopefully more jobs will be created.

In the meanwhile, the families we look after, are still struggling to survive. Most of them wor as day laborers. Which means they get paid only on the days they work. And thus no work, means no income righ away. They seriously struggle and thus we keep on handing out support boxes. They consist food, such as rice, oil and other basic necessities. Thank you for making this possible with your support! Let's hope that this crisis is behind us as soon as possible!

Here are some photo's of families receiving support

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As you probably haven't missed: Corona is still going strong, and with this new mutation, it is not clear when we will be out of the woods. Thankfully the rules have been eased somewhat, here in Thailand. This leads to more tourists entering into the country and hopefully more jobs in the future. But at the moment, our families don't see the results of this yet and still struggle hard to survive.

Our staff in both Mukdahan, Phang Nga and Bangkok have continued to look out for those in need. We have been doing this for almost 3 decades, but with this world-wide crisis, more people struggle. As you can see in the pictures, we continue to hand out food and other basic neccesities. We never hand out money, as we can't be sure how it is being spend. And thus we always donate items and give practicial support. 

We would like to thank you for being part of this. It is sad to see how many people are unemployed and really struggling to make ends meet. But we are thankful for your support, which helps us ensure, that no one goes hungry. We hope you will keep on standing with us, as we very much need all the support that we can get! There is light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still a long drive!

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Most of Thailand is still in a lockdown, causing huge numbers of unemployment, and many people are hungry and in desperate need. With your support, we continue handing out food.

In every report that we write, we are hoping to share some good news regarding the COVID-situation. We feel sad and frustrated that the situation in Thailand is still not looking good. Most of the country is still in a lockdown and the unemployment-rates are high. Many people are struggling to survive, and we keep on fighting to look after them and help everyone through this crisis. 

Most vulnerable are hit hard
The families we work with, were already vulnerable and in need before the Corona-crisis started. And now many of them are without a job. They don't have any savings, so no work, means hardly any food to eat. With your help, we will keep on reaching out to the most vulnerable families. 

How do we help?
What we do? The most important thing is ensuring that no one goes hungry. We have handed out thousands of food packages, with basic necessities, such as eggs, oil, rice, and more. We visit the needy at home for mental and emotional support as well, during these challenging times. Furthermore, we have handed out thousands of medical supplies, such as facial masks and hand soap. Even in government prisons, there are huge COVID-outbreaks and hardly any face-masks.

You keep us going
Like we said before: sometimes we feel very frustrated with this situation. It seems like there is no end to it. And so many people are struggling to survive. The thing that keep us going though, is you! We are very thankful for the support of many, and couldn't even continue our work without your help. Thank you for standing with us, in these challenging times. Please keep on helping us to reach out to those in need!

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It appeared like Thailand had won the battle against COVID. Unfortunately, the number of cases is rising rapidly, and Thailand is heading towards yet another lockdown. The people who are being hit the hardest? The poor, the people who were already vulnerable. We still stand with them during these difficult times.

Let us introduce you to the Thamin family. They came from Laos but moved to Thailand over a decade ago, hoping for a better life. The family has always had a hard time financially because they are not Thai and therefore have fewer rights. They aren't entitled to government support, education is more expensive for them, and it is harder to find work. Perhaps their move to Thailand didn't turn out to be as good as they hoped it would. 

Many people lost jobs
Now that COVID is causing many problems for Thailand, the situation of the Thamin family has worsened. There is a lot of unemployment and it is difficult to get an income now. Many people have lost their jobs, and so more people are looking for work. Both mother and father Thamin family work as day laborers. But the need for day laborers has decreased and there are many more people looking for work now. The situation is so bad, that they decided to withdraw their 16-year-old son from school and let him work as well. They simply need more financial means to survive. 

We cannot do it alone
We keep on reaching out to families in need, such as the Thamin family. We look after more than 200 families, and we need your help with that. We have the knowledge, the staff and the time to change lifes. You may have the financial means to support us. We cannot continue without the help of people like you. Thank you for impacting lives with us! 

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Siam-Care Foundation

Location: Bangkok - Thailand
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Jan-Peter Kelder
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Bangkok, Thailand
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