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!
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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!
Tamar Family November 2020
Tamar Family November 2020

Merry Christmas and happy and blessed New Year wishes from the whole Tamar family to you! We hope that even though restrictions are in place in many places around the world, that you still will be able to have a refreshing time with your family and friends!

We just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during this very difficult and also very different year of 2020. We are amazed by your generosity and your help.  Without you, we, as an organization, would not be standing anymore. This year completely changed the whole way that we are financed. We normally receive about 60% of our funding through our own businesses where the women that come through our programs are employed after training. But due to Covid-19, our businesses are mostly still shut down. And when the mail also stopped going in March, our online store couldn’t mail and we were really in trouble.

As we were considering what to do, we saw that the needs of the women that were still in the bars were even greater than ours.   Many of them had no income anymore and no savings, they were losing their housing because they were not able to pay rent, and many were hungry. The idea of “food help” was born and until now we have given out thousands after thousands of food bags filled with needs of everyday life: rice, noodles, fish, soap, hygiene articles, etc. Through this program, we were able to reach and talk to many more women than we could have imagined. Many came back when they ran out of food and collected more. Even now, we are giving out a hot meal each Friday plus food bags to women that come to our Outreach Center. We were able to run mini trainings (one month long) in baking and hair dressing. And, we had a record number, 13 women, attend our three-month long vocational and life training session where we taught them sewing, hairdressing and baking. Then, we were able to not only employ all our students, but also to employ several other women in card making because we received two very big card orders. Now, at the end of the year, our students, that we helped when they had nothing, went out and helped distribute 400 huge Tamar Christmas food and gift bags to the still needy women here in Pattaya.

Moreover, we were also able to extend our child sponsorship program and added 15 children who will now receive monthly donations through us. We continued to offer housing to women in need and took in a number of new women, three of them highly pregnant who gave birth to healthy babies during this year.  The only thing that we were not able to complete was our new building project. We made some progress but were not able to raise all the needed funds in 2020, but this will be our main priority now for 2021.

Looking back, I am not sure how we did it all. Our team is smaller – as all our volunteers had to leave Thailand due to visa issues.  But we have seen our Thai women, who have gone through our program, rise up, learn, and take leadership. We are very proud of them. And somehow, which in great part is due to your sacrificial giving, we are still able to finish this year in the black – even though we had hardly any income from our businesses and gave out sooo much aid! Thank you for standing with us, for trusting us, and helping us make a difference here in Pattaya. You have touched the lives of many women and have given hope in these desperate circumstances.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU and please have a wonderful Christmas!

For the Tamar Family

Daniel

PS: The pictures are from our different Christmas activities and Outreaches of the last weeks – please enjoy!

Bar Girls receiving Tamar Gift Bags
Bar Girls receiving Tamar Gift Bags
Tamar Christmas Party
Tamar Christmas Party
Tamar Team packing the bags
Tamar Team packing the bags
Women getting more bags
Women getting more bags
Giving out food!
Giving out food!
More bags going out
More bags going out
Thankful women in the Bar
Thankful women in the Bar
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Our students practising their skills in village
Our students practising their skills in village

Hello everybody!

It is time again for another short update from us here in Pattaya. Thank you for your continued support of the work that we are doing here in Pattaya. Without your help, we would not be able to continue, and that is especially true in a time like this, where all our businesses are not working due to the economic situation.

These last months have been challenging but in all the issues and problems we also see some good things that have happened and today we want to share some of those with you:

-          We were able to hand out many thousands of food bags to women and children in need. Every day we still have contact with women in need and are continuing to hand out food to them and offer them other help as well. In that way the pandemic has really helped us to get in contact with many new women, that we did not had contact with before.

-          Thanks to a donor from Germany we are able to give out hundreds of free haircuts to the bargirls. These free haircuts are a real help to the women and they help us to built new relationships and to find out more about the current situation and needs of the women.

-          We had an amazing Tamar Vocational and Life Training. 13 women joined this three-months long training, and all graduated at the end of September. We continue to train them and two of them are even taken over as our main bakers soon. The others are doing good as well and we continue to invest in their lives.

-          But these women are not only receiving, we already went two times and will go for a third time in November to visit villages in the Issan area of Thailand with them. During the times in the village, they offer their new learned skills to the villagers, cooking food, giving free haircuts, playing with the children, etc. It has been great to see them giving back some of the things that they have learned.

-          Our team in the card room was able to finish two big orders of custom Christmas cards for two big companies. It was a lot of work, but it was also great to send the parcels of to Hong Kong and Germany and to celebrate over Korean ice-cream with all the women that prepared the cards.

-          We were able to move to a couple of new houses. Not only did we get better, newly renovated houses, but due to the crisis we also got better rental prices on the properties and the women enjoy the new spaces

As you can see the situation is not the easiest, but there is also some light and some good thing that are happening. Thanks to your help and support we can continue to reach out a helping hand to the women and children in need here in Pattaya.

Thank you!

Women picking up food bags in October
Women picking up food bags in October
Women returning to their bars with Tamar food bags
Women returning to their bars with Tamar food bags
Graduation from Tamar Training
Graduation from Tamar Training
Women receiving free hair treatment
Women receiving free hair treatment
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Group of the Tamar Vocational and Life Training
Group of the Tamar Vocational and Life Training

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all doing well. The world is still in the grip of Covid-19 and we hope and trust that you are safe. Thank you for helping and supporting us even during this difficult time.

Here in Thailand we had no locally transmitted cases for the last month – which we are very happy about. But the restrictions are still severe, and no Tourists are allowed to come in. At the beginning of July, the Entertainment Industry was allowed to open again, and the bars opened. This brought many of the women from Issan back to Pattaya, just to find out, that there is no work. The Bars are full of girls – much more women than before – but there are no customers. Many of the Bars are also no paying salaries anymore but only give the women commission – which is bad when there are no customers. Now the women sit for 12 hours in the bars and get no money in the end for it… Due to this we are continuing with food distribution every Friday – the women can come to our Center and receive a bag full of food.

We also reacted in June and started a Mini-Training for women from the Bars. 10 women joint this month-long training – they came for the whole month and five learned baking and 5 learned hair dressing. They studied Monday to Thursday and Fridays were reserved for team time, counseling, and some fun activities. This Training went so well that seven of the women decided to leave the Bars behind and moved in with us to start our three-month long Tamar Vocational and Life Training - were we have a total of 13 women participating - the biggest group in years. They are now in the third week of this already and are still going strong. It is nice to see, how the women are slowly starting to trust us, asking questions, and looking for help. Due to the difficult situation in the country we have decided to now only let them do the Training with us for free – which includes Housing, some meals, all the teaching and a weekly allowance, but to also support their families back in Issan so that the women do not have to worry about them. We let the women go shopping and purchase supplies for their families which we sent home for them with the Thai Post and we are also sending money for basic needs to each family.

Otherwise, the situation here is still hard. Our Hair Salon has hardly any customers and this is also true for our Restaurant. But we are happy that we got a big order for Christmas Cards already which our women now produce, and we are hoping to receive more orders. Do you have your Christmas or Thanksgiving Cards already? If no, please check out our shop at the website below and think about helping our women making an income.

To sum up the situation in town let me tell you about a call that we received on Saturday morning:

Can you please help us again with food? We have worked for the last 11 days in our Bar and did not have a single customer coming in even for a drink. We have nothing anymore; can we please have some more rice and fish and sauce?

This is soo sad. We arranged to meet with these five women at a supermarket and bought them some needed supplies. They were overwhelmed and some of them could not stop crying.

We are trying in the moment to balance our workload between the 13 women that have joined our Training and helping the many that come to ask for help in our Hair Salon. We deeply miss our Volunteers and Teams that normally help us, but we are pressing on, also thanks to your help, that make it possible that we can continue to help and reach out to the women. Thank you!

For the Tamar Family

The women shopping for supplies for their families
The women shopping for supplies for their families
The Group of the June Mini Training
The Group of the June Mini Training
Our Team packing food donations!
Our Team packing food donations!
The women that phoned for urgent food help
The women that phoned for urgent food help
Handing out food to children in need due to Covid
Handing out food to children in need due to Covid

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Line of women waiting at Tamar for food
Line of women waiting at Tamar for food

Hello everybody!

It is time for another update from Tamar Center. First, let me say a big THANK YOU to you all for your support of Tamar Center during this current time. Who would have expected a couple of months ago that the whole world would be in total crisis mode now? Thank you for supporting us and especially to those that helped with our emergency appeal.

Here at Tamar, everybody is safe. Since last week Friday, we are basically shutdown, as the local government shut all non-essential businesses and asked people to stay at home. We are following this. But in the days before, we were very busy with preparing and handing out food packages to women, men and ladyboys (transgenders) that lost their jobs. Here in Pattaya, the complete sex industry was shut down by the government which put tens of thousands of people out of a job. In the beginning, the women where still allowed to stay in the bars as most of them were living there on the top floors, but when the whole closure of all non-essential businesses was announced, the women had to leave and found themselves suddenly on the street.

The impact here is very big. Pattaya relies on the tourism industry for 80% of its income.. I put a link below to a local newspaper article that describes the knock-on effect that the closure on the bars has. Suddenly, we received a lot of calls from women that told us that they had nothing to eat anymore and asked for help. We first packed 20 bags and drove them out, but our car got totally overwhelmed by many women coming and standing in line. We switched gears and over the next days distributed 470 food packages to the people that needed it – each should last for about one week. – It was great teamwork and we enjoyed it, even though it was hard to see the desperation in the eyes of the women. While we are shut down, our team is still in contact with the women. All women who received the food packages, received our contact information and currently, we are working in partnership with some other NGO’s that are still distributing food. We have decided as Tamar Center to concentrate on the emotional support of the women and if they are hungry, send them to others that are providing food. At the same time, we are getting ready to continue our distribution as soon as the others stop, as we are think that this will not be over anytime soon. Many women left Pattaya as well and returned to their villages, but now travelling in Thailand is also very difficult as no buses or trains are running anymore.

While doing this, we also had to keep the women in our program safe. Not easy in this situation. We have many women with HIV, two pregnant ones and some with other health conditions which is part of why we shut down for now. We are evaluating how we can safely continue. Difficult times! Thank you for standing with us and for being concerned about the women here in Pattaya. We will keep you updated and if you would like more detailed information, please follow us on Facebook or contact us via Email.

For the Tamar Family

Bar Girls happy about receiving our food donations
Bar Girls happy about receiving our food donations
Tamar Team packing the food bags
Tamar Team packing the food bags
Woman receiving food bag
Woman receiving food bag
Women who receive our food aid
Women who receive our food aid

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Delivering Christmas Gifts and Cookies to the Bars
Delivering Christmas Gifts and Cookies to the Bars

Hello everybody!

Greetings from Thailand. We trust that you had a great start into 2020 and hope that it will be an exciting year for you. Here at Tamar Center we had an amazing start into the new year with a day of reflection and goal setting on the 3rd of January. But on the 8th of January we got a special treat for everyone: We were able to visit the Pattaya Elephant Sanctuary with all our women. Most of them had never been close to an Elephant before and some were very scared but, in the end, everyone enjoyed it. We fed the elephants, showered them, walked through the jungle with them and even took a bath together. Great time of team building!

But looking back we are also very thankful for a great time of Christmas Celebrations and a good, needed break for everyone in between Christmas and the New Year. We had a nice Celebration at a local Hotel, and everyone enjoyed their gifts, the puppet show and the great food and games. December was a very busy month for everyone. We had many orders for our products and had several stands at local Christmas Markets where we were able to sell our products. Our Bakery had to do many hours of overtime, as more and more orders came in for our special Christmas cookies and cakes.

January will be a time of big change for everyone at Tamar. Four of our women are leaving us and starting a yearlong Hairdressing and Beauty school. We are very happy that they enrolled there, as we know this school very well and they will get some excellent education there. Two of our women have done this school last year, graduated in December and are now working in the Tamar Hair Salon in Soi 6 to reach out to women that are still trapped in the bars. Both have done very well at the school and we like to see their skills now put into practice – which has already brought in many new customers to our shop. Three other women are moving to Khon Kaen and will be participating in a six-month long school, they will return afterwards to us. Currently we also have two pregnant women will us, they are at similar stages of their pregnancies and so we will have two new babies with us at the end of March or early April. As you can see – many changes!

In February we are looking forward to several different teams coming to visit us and work with us, especially for our big Valentines Outreach where we hope to reach hundreds of women that are currently working in the bars. We will have the big Outreach on the 14th and will follow up with a Party at a local Hotel on Monday the 17th for all the women that are interested in joining Tamar.

Thank you for your support of our work and for making it possible for us to help the women and their children here in Pattaya.

Have a very special 2020!!!

The two women that returned from Hair School
The two women that returned from Hair School
Day of Refection and Goal Setting
Day of Refection and Goal Setting
Christmas Gifts
Christmas Gifts
Food at Tamar Christmas Party
Food at Tamar Christmas Party

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