This project aims to provide education and job training skills to those who have no education. In the morning, the participants will have the opportunity to learn to read and write in Thai language as well as develop basic numeracy skills. In the afternoon they will have the opportunity to learn skills such as cooking, furniture making/restoring, growing food, bead making and sewing. A combination of education and skills training will enable them to apply for jobs in the short and long term.
There are currently at least 140 slum communities in Pattaya where people suffer from extreme poverty. This project address the needs of poverty and homelessness for families and the elderly in Pattaya City by providing furnished housing. The poor have very little access to employments due to their lack of education and most resort to sorting through garbage looking for recyclables. When construction work is available it is seasonal and also very underpaid.
Through providing education and training in furniture making, cooking and gardening the participants can develop skills which will enable them to earn an income. They are often exploited as there are few job opportunities. Empowering people with an education and job skills enables them to find better paying jobs which creates a positive effect to the whole family. Additionally, as self esteem rises from being able to provide for their family, mental health also improves.
Providing skills and access to better paying jobs transforms lives of the individual and the whole family. With financial security comes better living conditions as well as a desire to enable children to attend and do well at school. Literate parents are able to assist their child with homework and encourage them to study which creates an ongoing positive outcome. Improving the quality of life and stability for people from the slum provides them with basic human rights.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).