This project aims to provide the essential household furnishings, to make it possible for underprivileged families presently living in a slum in Pattaya to move into eight single room units which the Hand to Hand Foundation has built. These families are often uneducated and therefore have limited employment opportunities to be able to provide these necessities for themselves. The housing remains the property of the foundation and homeless families can stay until they are financially stable.
There are currently at least 140 slum communities in Pattaya where people suffer from extreme poverty without adequate access to food, water, power and housing. This project will address the needs of poverty and homelessness for families and the elderly in Pattaya City. By providing furnished housing we give the elderly and sick a place to die in dignity and children a safe and healthy environment to grow up in. These basic furnishings enable the families to maintain hygienic living conditions.
Providing decent living conditions alleviates poverty, improves health and allows the residents to access basic government services such as health care, education and public works. The furnishings will improve the sanitary conditions these families live in, which will lead to better health. Many children living in the slum cannot enroll in school because they do not have a permanent residential address and these houses will enable them to do so.
Providing housing which enables children to enroll in school will impact their future by providing a vehicle for them to break out of the poverty cycle. As educated citizens they will have employment opportunities in the future to become self sufficient. The elderly and sick will not only have access to medical services but also a cleaner and safer environment in which to live. Improving the quality of life and stability for people from the slum provides them with basic human rights.