Help 500 At-Risk Thai Women & Children Step Ahead.

by Step Ahead Inc.
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Learning and Playing.
Learning and Playing.

Last Week Six New At-Risk Families in Bangkok's Largest Slum Enjoyed Christmas Celebrations Together.

Many families in Klong Toey community have little opportunity for celebrations of holidays like Christmas due poverty. This year these new members of Keeping Families Together (KFT) had much to celebrate as they joined the fun in the Christmas festivities hosted for them. 

But families in our program don't just enjoy periodic celebrations, they join others in their community on a track over 18 months that ensures they step ahead though economic, and educational development inputs combined with mentoring and training tailored just for them.

We stand with those in Bangkok, Southern Thailand, and and the Northeast of Thailand because 70 Percent of Children in Institutional Care in Thailand are Not There Because they are Orphans,

Rather Because of Poverty.

There is an orphanage crisis in Thailand today with provinces like Chiangmai operating over 500 orphanages. Seventy percent of children in orphanages actually have family; but sadly, poverty forces these families to place their children in orphanages.

Keeping  Families Together (KFT) and child development centers mobilize the local church and community to support families through holistic development trainings, income generation assistance, educational opportunities, psychosocial support, health care, and spiritual transformation.

At a fraction of the cost of supporting a child in an orphanage, Step Ahead is able to support at-risk families.

Thanks for your support to make a way for children to stay in their families and local communities.

Christmas in Bangkok
Christmas in Bangkok's Largest Slum Community.
Playing Together at KFT Monthly Meeting
Playing Together at KFT Monthly Meeting

Life in Bangkok's largest slum community is no picnic. As you walk through the footpaths winding around two square kilometers and home to over 100,000 people, you see many aunties and grandmothers struggling hard to help the little ones that have fallen to their care. Now, Step Ahead's Keeping Families Together program is with them in Bangkok's Klong Toey slum community.

The UN states that 80 percent of children are placed in residential care because of poverty. Our research in Thailand shows over 70 percent of children in Thai residential homes have family, but they were too poor to care for the children.

Why not help keep kids in families, rather than see them keep going to orphanages? Further, it is at least 8 times more to care for a child in an orphanage than in a family. Keeping Families Together can stop many from entering residential care centers to begin with, but we need your help.

Step Ahead's KFT mobilizes the local church and community to support families through holistic development trainings, income generation assistance, educational opportunities, psychosocial support, health care, and spiritual transformation.

Thanks for your support to help some of Bangkok's most at-risk families step ahead today! 

KFT Bangkok Monthly Meeting Brings Hope
KFT Bangkok Monthly Meeting Brings Hope
Step Ahead English 2015
Step Ahead English 2015

When Step Ahead opened in Khao Lak three months after the SE Asian tsunami, 370 students signed up for various trainings including 12 English classes. Over 1,500 students on, we still help bring hope to people living in the whole Khao Lak region via opening doors to step ahead in their personal and professional development.

Further, Step Ahead has because of the opportunities and learnings over these years become a leader in Alternative Care for Orphans in Asia. "Keeping Families Together" as a program is helping keep orphaned children in their families often living with single moms, Aunts or Uncles, or grandparents. Without such family-based alternatives many children would essentially be sent to orphanages as part of an ill-conceived economic solution.

Meanwhile, Step Ahead Child Development Centers still bring great development to preschool children and increase opportunities because of much improved educational horizons as they enter primary school.

Thanks much for continuing to stand with us, as we stand with the people still stepping ahead on the Andaman Sea coast.

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Basketball boy
Basketball boy

When international youth of Bangkok show up in the city's largest slum community, good things can happen. Like playing basketball, or learing Thai boxing, or jumping rubber band ropes- Thai style.

Unquestionably, its a crash of cultures with expat kids from around Asia and around the world, but its an opportunity for the expat kids and Thai children and youth to connect and have fun together even though often spoken language is not a part of the mix of life together.

Step Ahead has made ways for the children of Klong Toey and the often highly priviledged expat youth of Bangkok to spend good times together every week. Its a step ahead for the local Klong Toey kids to know they are not forgotten and able to connect with other kids from around the globe, and an opportunity for Bangkok expat youth to learn that they actually can learn from their new friends from Klong Toey Slum Community.

Thai boxing
Thai boxing
Wimon Makes Amazing Sushi in Bangkok.
Wimon Makes Amazing Sushi in Bangkok.

Khun Wimon makes amazing Japanese Sushi in a very unexpected place: Bangkok's largest slum community. This microentrepreneur has changed her family's life in many ways by the innovative work of her hands. She once made Thai noodles to support her family, but when her young adult son essentially became her marketing consultant, the movement was set to see her increase her daily income many times over.

 Watch and see how your support of Step Ahead through globalgiving has made such an amazing economic impact.

Meanwhile across the country from Bangkok, to the rural villages of Southern Thailand, and to the poorest villages of the Northeast of Thailand, Step Ahead continues to create new economic opportunities, and add inputs of mentoring and training. Further, Keeping Families Together and the Child Development Centers helps care for and bring hope to some of Thailand's neediest families.

 

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Step Ahead Inc.

Location: Suffolk, Virginia - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.stepaheadmed.org
Project Leader:
John Quinley Jr
Bangkok, Thailand
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