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Help Sexworkers in Thailand find a new life!

by Tamar Center
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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!
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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Outreach to the Bars
Outreach to the Bars

Hello everybody!

Thank you for your continued support of the work that we are doing here in Pattaya. It is time for another update again.

Please imagine you are a young girl, have just arrived in the big city and are working in a bar where you are expected to sexually service the customers. Imagine you see a lot of foreigners coming and eyeing you the whole night, sizing you up, etc.? I guess we can all agree that that is not a good situation. But this is exactly how one of the young women that has started at Tamar has felt when she arrived in Pattaya and started working in a bar. Thankfully she did not work in the bar for a long time – she met one of our Outreach teams and decided to leave the bar and come join our vocational program. You should see her now, she is a different woman, even though she is only a few weeks with us, she is relaxed, smiles, asks questions and learns and makes plans for the rest of her life. That is the change that you are making possible through your donation.

Here are some other short updates for you:

  • In October we had an Inner Healing Seminar from a local Couple that has a lot of experience. They spent time with our women as a group and also individual. The Seminar helped our women to have breakthroughs and to work through some Traumas from their past
  • We are busy working on many orders of the products that our women are making, especially the Christmas Cards. Check them out at the link below if you are interested.
  • During the school holidays we took the Tamar Children and the Moms to an aquarium. It was the first time for most of them and they enjoyed their time
  • The Tamar free English Classes have attracted several new women that are coming regular
  • One of our women had the desire to go deeper with her English and we were able to pay lessons for her at a local English School. She is making good progress

 So much as an update from us. Thank you for staying with us!

Some of our women in their accomodations
Some of our women in their accomodations
Working on beautiful Christmas Cards
Working on beautiful Christmas Cards
Inner Healing Seminar
Inner Healing Seminar

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Students and Teachers at Graduation 2019
Students and Teachers at Graduation 2019

Hello everybody!

 

Very happy that today I can update you about the Graduation Ceremony of the Tamar Vocational and Life Training. In the last report we wrote about the start of the Training Program and now the three months of the Training are already over. We are very glad to report that all seven women have finished and graduated!

As you can see in the pictures, they are happy, and we are proud of them. It is hard to imagine that just three months ago six of them were still selling themselves in the Bars of Pattaya. Now, their life has changed, and they are doing good. Five of them finished the hairdressing training and one the bakery training. Six of them are planning to stay with us and one has decided to return to the countryside to her family, as her father sadly had a stroke and half his body is paralyzed. She wants to help take care of him and later return to us. The others will stay and will continue to work in their jobs with us. We have already offered them to start a further, deep Training with a local school and they are thinking about that. They also want to bring some more of their children to Pattaya and we are talking this through with them.

This Training has been a surprisingly smooth one. There were no big dramas, nobody left in the middle of it. That does not mean that it was always easy. Some of the women carry some deep traumas with them, some stories of abuse came to light and their recovery is not finished. But they have taken the first steps in the right direction and we are very proud of them for doing this and will continue to walk beside them.

The rest of the Tamar Team is also doing well. They are working on a huge order of 1800 Christmas Cards from a Company in Germany and it is all hands-on deck to help to finish them before the deadline. If you want to see for yourselves the products that our women are making, have a look at our website (www.tamarproducts.com).

In the next weeks our Staff that facilitated the Training is taking a bit of a breather and some well-deserved time off to re-charge their batteries. And soon, in early October, there will be the next school holidays in Thailand and our kids are looking already forward to this. Talking about kids, hope you enjoy the picture with the new wall painting in our Nursery. A visiting team did this great job and it makes the Nursery a much friendlier place

Thank you for your continued support of our project. You can see the difference that you are making in the lives of the students of the Training Program. It is amazing and I wished you could all be here to see it with your own eyes. Thank you for trusting us and giving us the opportunity to work with these beautiful women.

For the Tamar Family

Daniel Vaupel

Students performing dance
Students performing dance
Whole Tamar Family
Whole Tamar Family
Hair Training
Hair Training
Bakery Training
Bakery Training
Nursery Painting
Nursery Painting

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