Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!

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Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!
Tamar Family during Christmas Party
Tamar Family during Christmas Party

Merry Christmas from everyone at Tamar to you all!

Last week we had a series of Christmas parties, which started with the Soi 6 Christmas Party, and earlier this week we enjoyed our big Christmas Outreach and distributed one thousand gifts bags in the bars of Pattaya and last night we celebrated our internal Christmas Party. Today we are slowly winding the year down and are getting ready for our break. Looking back, it has been a challenging year. We are thankful that our new building is, except of some small touches, finally finished! We are looking forward to re-open the Tamar Restaurant in January and to start the Palm Center (Counseling Center) and Tamar Hospitality in January with guests already booked from the middle of the month. We are grateful for many great outreaches and trainings that happened throughout the year, for a sizable number of women leaving the bars, moving into our houses, and starting vocational trainings but are also sad that some women left us this year. We are happy with Planin, who started a baking course at the Dusit Thani College this year and Jeab, who has just finished working with us and will start her own business in January very close to us. We are also grateful that our children successfully made the transition from online school back to normal school again and that all pandemic restrictions have been lifted.

We are also very grateful to you for your support and your help in this last year. You helped us keep going, you helped to finance many of our projects and distributions and your notes of encouragement have made us smile and brought new strength. We could have not done it without you! Thank you!

Peace is an important word this year. We wish for peace on earth, especially when we look towards the war in Ukraine. But not only in Ukraine, we wish for peace in our relationships with friends and family and now because of the pandemic, we wish for our peaceful life to be “back to normal.”  But do we find the peace that we are looking for? Unfortunately, we find it less and less. We hope that this Christmas season will be a time for all of us to reflect on the last year, to center ourselves and to gather strength for 2023 so that we will be able to have and bring peace to the world.

In this sense we wish you a peaceful and contemplative Christmas, carefree holidays, good health, and God’s blessings for the year 2023. We are deeply grateful for your help, support, and friendship for us here at Tamar Center!

 

For the Tamar Family

Getting ready to Party
Getting ready to Party
Waiting for Food!
Waiting for Food!
Gifts!!!
Gifts!!!
Christmas Bar Oureach
Christmas Bar Oureach
Team going on Outreach
Team going on Outreach
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Tamar Team at the Walk for Freedom
Tamar Team at the Walk for Freedom

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Pattaya. We are happy to share some updates of our work with you:

In the last report we talked about our plans for the Mother’s Day Outreach. This outreach was an enormous success. Many women were touched that we acknowledged them as Mothers, they were happy about the gifts and a sizable number used their vouchers for a free Hair treatment at our Salon. There our staff was able to further build relationships with them. We learned that many of the women want to have a closer relationship with their children but often do not have money to sent gifts home. Therefore, we decided to include a DIY Card making gift set in our Christmas Bag distribution this year. This set, the women can either send complete home as a gift (it contains scissors, glue, and enough material for a lot of handicrafts), or they can use the set to make some special cards or gifts for their children. Right now, our team in the cardroom is preparing these packs and we will include them in our big Christmas distribution.

We also had the “Walk for Freedom” in Pattaya this year again and were able to participate with the whole Tamar Family. Our bakery was even tasked with making 250 snack packs for all the participants and it was an enjoyable experience for our women to join in the walk. Some of them, were working just a few weeks ago in the bars that we passed, and they were amazed about the change that they experienced in their lives. We hope that the walk helped to raise awareness in everyone that saw us walking. Big THANKS to A21 for organizing these walks all around the world.

Our Building is also coming along. We are close to the finish line but faced delays due to the current world situation – material was not available, others took a long time to get here, and we also had to deal with a shortage of skilled labor, due to the fact that workers had left Pattaya during Covid and did not return. Sadly, we are also facing extra costs of about 60000 USD through these issues and the raised prices for fuel/delivery costs. But you can see in the pictures that a lot of progress has been made and we are more than 90% done. We are still hoping to be able to open towards the end of this year and looking forward to welcoming you soon.

Thank you for your support of Tamar Center. We know that currently many people are facing hardships and we are even more grateful for your continued help and support so that the work here in Pattaya can continue!

For the Tamar Family

Our team with the Director from A21 Thailand
Our team with the Director from A21 Thailand
Mothers receiving gifts during Outreach
Mothers receiving gifts during Outreach
Distribution in the bars on Mother's Day
Distribution in the bars on Mother's Day
Do you like our new color?
Do you like our new color?
Furniture getting delivered
Furniture getting delivered
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English Class happening again!
English Class happening again!

Hello everyone!

We are happy to share some recent updates with you. In the last months, many good things happened, and we are glad that we can report them to you. The biggest thing that happened was that all covid restrictions in Thailand were lifted on the 1st of July – which means that there is no quarantine anymore, people can travel, everything – sadly also the bars – is open again and most important schools are back to in person learning. It makes life a lot easier that things are going back to normal. Sadly, Covid is not gone, and the new variants are spreading especially through the schools. Thankfully all the cases that we had at Tamar were mild and people recovered fast.

Our Hair Salon in Soi 6 and our daily free English Classes are fully open again and many women make use of the opportunities. We have a very nice group of Volunteers with us and more coming in the next weeks as well, that make the classes attractive to the women. Now that the Bars have opened again, we notice that many of the women are new and have just arrived from the villages. They are coming to Pattaya due to pressure from their families. Many families are struggling financially during this time, and they see it as the only opportunity to send their daughters to Pattaya to make the needed money in the bars and brothels. It is very sad. Some of the really young women that we meet are shocked by the city, do not like their jobs in the bars but see no other way to earn money. During our Outreaches we try to build as many relationships as possible with the women, we tell them about our vocational training and invite them to our Center. Last month two women that joined our English Classes left the bars and moved in with us. They were a bit shy in the beginning but now are enjoying their work in the cardroom and are happy to be part of our community Yesterday and today we had more requests from women that also want to come and join us. We will interview them and hopefully they will be ready to step out of the bar life.

Our new building is making huge progress as well: all electric and internet cables are installed, ceilings are in, 50% of the windows are installed, tiles in the bathrooms are done and about half of the floor and stair tiles as well. As you can see in the pictures, it almost looks ready to move in. Currently the lights are getting installed, and the tiles are laid on the floors and wall painting will start shortly. Our contractor still plans to finish his work by the end of August, and we hope to have a soft opening around late October. A lot will depend on when the ordered furniture and other parts will arrive. It seems that due to the worldwide situation delivery times are longer than planned and some things are not available at all. We must stay flexible, change some things and hope that everything arrives on time. A big thank you again to everyone that helped make our new building a reality. We are so thankful for your support and can happily report that we are still within our planned budget!

On the 12th of August is Mother’s Day in Thailand – birthday of the Queen. For the first time we are planning a big outreach for this day and want to distribute more than three hundred gift bags with vouchers for our Hair Salon, cookies, gift items, beauty articles and more to Mothers that are currently separated from their children and working in the bars. Mother’s Day is very difficult for them as they are missing their families and we hope to bring them some joy and an invitation to join our vocational training where they can bring their children to stay with them.

If you are interested, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we post almost daily more updates and pictures for you. Thank you for your continued support! We could not do our work without your help!

For the Tamar Family

Hair Salon back open and welcomes many bar girls
Hair Salon back open and welcomes many bar girls
Looks almost finished already!
Looks almost finished already!
But work still not completely finished
But work still not completely finished
We gave out the last food bags in May
We gave out the last food bags in May
Fun with the Kids at Family Night
Fun with the Kids at Family Night
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Valentine Outreach 2022
Valentine Outreach 2022

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Pattaya. Today I would like to update you about what has been going on in the last couple of months. First, we are totally excited that we were able to finish the fundraising for our new building! Thanks to many of you, we were able to raise the projected budget and the works are in full swing: electrical lines are in the walls and tested, fresh water and waste water pipes have been installed, all new walls are in and are plastered, in the bathrooms the first tiles are on the walls and much more. The company is working most days with sixteen people! Completion is still planned for summer and it looks like that we will stay in budget.

But the building is just one part of what is going on at Tamar Center: after an almost two-year break, we were able to open the Hair Salon again and we are also offering free English lessons for the bar girls in Soi 6 again. We received the first two Volunteers after Covid – one from the Netherlands and one from India. They are doing an excellent job in teaching the women English and building relationships with them.

Twice a week we are going again on bar outreach and inviting women to come to English Class, come to the Hair Salon and think about our three-month long vocational training that will start on the 13th of May. Sadly, many of the women that are interested in the vocational training are not willing to leave the bars. They are under enormous pressure to provide money for their families and see the bars as their only chance. There are hardly any Tourists here, but the women are hoping for a huge increase for the biggest festival in Thailand – Songkran – the Thai New Year – which will happen in the middle of April. We are still hoping for at least ten women to join our training and will continue our outreaches.

On the 14th of February we had a big Valentine Outreach where we were able to distribute more than four hundred gift bags. The women were surprised and very happy to receive the gifts, which included handmade jewelry, some cake from our bakery, food items and invitations for our vocational training. We are still following up with some of the women and trusting that some will join.

Our bakery also got the wonderful opportunity to cater coffee breaks for a weeklong conference with one hundred participants here in Pattaya. Every day they had to bake different cakes, prepare one hundred pieces, and deliver them to the Hotel. It went without any problems; the participants loved the cake, and we are very proud of our bakers for a job well done.

As you can see, things have picked up here and we are getting more back into the new normal. Thank you for your support and your help with all the work that is ongoing to help the bargirls in Pattaya.

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Hair Salon finally open again!
Hair Salon finally open again!
English class started again!
English class started again!
Special Cake from our Bakers for a happy customer
Special Cake from our Bakers for a happy customer
Walls getting plastered
Walls getting plastered
Pipes are in!
Pipes are in!
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Christmas Picture from all of us!
Christmas Picture from all of us!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

The Team from Tamar Center would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and a blessed new Year 2022! We are very thankful to you for your support and help throughout this year. Your gifts have made it possible for us to continue our outreaches and help to the bargirls in Pattaya. But let’s have a short look back on the year: 2021 was different from what we hoped and expected, and we all experienced many challenges throughout the year. It does not matter where in the world you where located, there have been many difficulties for us all. Sadly, it looks like, that at least the start of 2022 will be similar.

But in the last year, also many good things have happened, and I want to briefly highlight them from our work to you:

-          Purchase of the new Tamar Building – as of writing this Christmas news the new Building is 93% funded – which is just amazing

-          Tamar School – Since the start of online school in Thailand in June, we have set one of our buildings aside and everyday one staff member assists the Tamar children with their online schooling, logging on to the different classes, helping with worksheets, etc. This really helped the mothers out, as many of them struggled with the schoolwork of their children

-          Throughout the year, we continued our food distribution. From May onwards, we were not allowed to distribute to groups and so had to make one on one appointments with the women. In that way, we distributed around 100.000 meals in this year alone

-          Our vocational training was very limited due to the lockdowns and restrictions, but we still were able to train new women for our bakery and were able to keep all the women in our program.

-          Our counseling program was able to go much deeper with the women that are staying with us than they would have been able to normally. Due to the lockdowns, curfews, etc., there was a lot more time for the individual women to deal with deeper traumas from their past.

-          We were also able to do some renovation work in the buildings where our women are staying and also in our Outreach Center in Soi 6 where we replaced all the windows and painted again, ready for more outreaches in the new year.

As you can see, even though it was a challenging year, there have been many good things that have come out of it.  As this year draws to a close, we would like to challenge you to take some time out and reflect on all the good things that happened in 2021. We did that with our team here in Thailand and we were amazed by the extensive list of positive things that happened.

And so, we want to finish this year with wishing you a contemplative Christmas, nice holidays, good health, and rich blessings for the year 2022. We are very grateful here at Tamar for your help and support.

Merry Christmas!

For the Tamar Family

Celebration time!
Celebration time!
Happy at the Party!
Happy at the Party!
Last Counseling Session before the break
Last Counseling Session before the break
Last Food Distribution before Christmas!
Last Food Distribution before Christmas!
Christmas Outreach!
Christmas Outreach!
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Location: Pattaya, Chonburi - Thailand
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