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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 Class of 2019 with Trainers
Tamar Class of 2019 with Trainers

Greetings from Pattaya!

Today I am very happy to report some good news to you. We have just started the 21st Tamar Vocational and Life Training. Seven women have left the bars and the work in the sex industry of Pattaya and decided to come and join our three-month long Training.

On the 14th of May we had the first ever Tamar Open Day where we invited the women to come and have a look at Tamar Center and what we offer. 23 women came for the whole day. We had games for them, good food, an introduction to the Tamar Training and they also got the opportunity to have try out the four different jobs (Hairdresser, Baking, Sewing, Cooking) that we offer in the training for 30 minutes each. It was a great day and through that Open Day three women joined us directly.

The women also took the opportunity to have a look at the accommodations that we offer them, and they really checked us out.

We were really happy with the result and on Friday we than had the Opening Ceremony for the Tamar Training program. It was another evening of fun, games from the students from last year, food and fun and now the women are already deep in the Training. They finished the first week and you can see the pictures attached they have a good time.

Thank you that through your donations you are making our work possible! It is great that through you we can offer these women a new future outside of the sex industry!

Thank you!

 

Daniel Vaupel

Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony
Tamar Open Day
Tamar Open Day
Learning Sewing
Learning Sewing
First Day of Training
First Day of Training
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Outreach Party in Pattaya in March 2019
Outreach Party in Pattaya in March 2019

Greetings from Pattaya in Thailand. In today’s update I want to thank you for your donations towards the “Help Sex workers in Thailand find a new life” project. We had a busy couple of months here in Pattaya with many different outreaches and in the last ten days we were able to take in three new women from the bars!

In February and March, we concentrated on Outreaches and together with some visiting teams invited many women to special parties that we arranged. On Valentine’s Day we had a team of 68 people that joined us in a special Outreach. We distributed Roses to all the women in the bars and invited them to a Valentines Party where we shared about what Tamar Center offers and what jobs they could get trained in when they joined Tamar. In March a Team from the UK sponsored our biggest Party so far - with a total of 108 women in attendance! We had nice games, good food, testimonies from women that have left prostitution behind and a challenge for the women to stop their work. At the end of the night one woman decided that she had had enough abuse in the brothel and asked us to help her get her things from the brothel. We went with her and since that day she is staying with us.  There were many tears that night and one other woman joined us a couple of days later and right now we are talking to couple more that are thinking about coming out of prostitution. For many this is not an easy decision – they are often in debts to the bar owners or have a lot of pressure from their families to sent money home. But we continue to work and are hoping that for our next three-month long vocational Training that will start in May we will have at least 10 to 12 new women. Currently we have four that have already committed to join this program.

But it was not only outreach in the last months. Our Staff took part in the Asia Region Anti Trafficking Conference in Bangkok and enjoyed the networking and the input from many different sessions. While we as Management Team where there, four of our women joined a Leadership Training for a whole week in Bangkok as we are getting them ready to take over positions of Leadership within Tamar. It is nice to see that women that came only a couple of years ago out of the bars have changed so much that they are now willing to go forward and lead different areas of our work.

Thank you for your support of our work and for making it possible that we can reach out and invite many women that are trapped in the sex industry to come out and start a new life. Without you – this would not be possible!

For the Tamar Family

Daniel Vaupel

PS: Earlier this year we were awarded several Badges from GlobalGiving – you can see them in the pictures below!

Review of the Leadershiptraining
Review of the Leadershiptraining
Outreach Party with 108 women in attendance
Outreach Party with 108 women in attendance
Staff does intake Interview with new woman
Staff does intake Interview with new woman
Badge from Global Giving
Badge from Global Giving
Badge from Global Giving
Badge from Global Giving
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Tamar Christmas Picture
Tamar Christmas Picture

Happy New Year 2019!!! From Tamar Center we would like to wish you a very good and blessed 2019. We have that it will be a great year for you and wanted to let you know that we are very thankful for all your support in the last year.

2018 has been a very busy year for us, but it was also a good year. Many women have left the bars behind and joined Tamar Center, we had a couple of women leave our ministry to start their own businesses and to reunite with their Families and during the Christmas time we could reach out to many women are still currently trapped in the bars.

All of this would have not been possible without your help and support. Thank you!

We are looking forward to a great 2019 - we will celebrate 20 Years of Tamar Center in August and have many things planned for that.

But for now, just enjoy some pictures from our Christmas activities!

 

Daniel

Christmas Dinner
Christmas Dinner
Gifts for Kids
Gifts for Kids
Party
Party
Christmas Outreach
Christmas Outreach
Day of Reflection of 2018
Day of Reflection of 2018
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Finishing a big order of Christmas cards
Finishing a big order of Christmas cards

Hello everybody!

Thank you very much for your support of Tamar Center. It means a lot to us that you are helping us to fulfill our job. A lot of things have happened since the last update, so here we go:

-          Nong finished her sewing training. She created a lot of our scarfs and bags and earlier in the year she expressed an interest to learn how to make trousers, shirts and baby clothing. We looked around, found a sewing school in Pattaya and sent her there. Her sewing skills improved a lot and we also bought a new machine for her where she can do some special stiches with. Maybe we will start offering some baby clothing in the future…

-          Yaa also finished an English course at a local school. Her dream is to work as a translator in the future. Her spoken English is already very good, but she lacked skills in reading and writing. We sent her to the school and they concentrated with her on this. Now is much better and is thinking about doing another course.

-          In October we had the problem that all our accommodation for women was full. We got several new girls from the bars and for the first time that I can remember all our beds were in use. A good problem to have!

-          At the end of October one of our women left to start a small business in Bangkok. She did well in our training, is stable and we are very happy that she was able to move on. We are seeing her posts on Facebook now, where she is promoting her products. She is selling clothing and is doing some handicraft as well.

-          Sadly, we also had to ask one woman to leave. She was with us for several months but than we found out that she brought drugs into our houses and offered them to the other women. There were some other issues as well and so we had to sit her down and ask her to leave. Sadly, she is back in the bars now and working as a prostitute again.

-          Two weeks ago, we were also able to reunite one of our women with her son, whom she had not seen for about 5 years. The son is in an orphanage in Pattaya and over the last months the woman had expressed a desire to meet him again. And so, it worked out and the two of them spend one very emotional evening together. We are now working with the orphanage to see if we can completely re-unite them, but we first must make sure that that is the best for both and that they are ready for this as well. But it was a good first step.

-          Our English Classes in Soi 6 have been going very well, with many women attending on a regular basis. Our teachers are very creative and are building a nice community there. This Thanks Giving they all cooked together as part of their class and shared a Turkey meal together.

As you can see, there are lots of things going on. One other project that we are working on is upgrading our Nursery. The children that we are looking after are getting older and we need to replace some of the toys and get some other things. For this purpose, we have set up an End of the Year Fundraiser for this. Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday and all donations here on Global Giving will be matched up to 150.000 USD. Please have a look at our page and we would be happy if you could consider helping us out:

https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/tamar-christmas-project-2018-nursery-upgrade/

So much for today, I wish you a great day and thank you again for all your support for Tamar Center!

Nong with sewing certificate
Nong with sewing certificate
English Class
English Class
Yaa with English Certificate
Yaa with English Certificate
More English Class
More English Class

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Graduation - the women with their teachers!
Graduation - the women with their teachers!

Greetings from Thailand to you all!

 

It is time for another update from us at Tamar Center. The last months have been filled with many exciting things. Here is a short summary of some of the things that happened:

On Friday the 10th of August we celebrated the Graduation from this year’s Tamar Vocational and Life Training. Six women left prostitution behind and joined the training that started on the 18th of May and we are happy to report that all six of them have graduated! This is the first time in seven years that everybody that started also finished the training! And not only that – all six of them are doing very well and all of them have asked if they could stay on with us. We have employed them all in our different businesses and for now they are all helping with a big order of 3000 Christmas Cards but next week one of them will start in our Restaurant, one other will do some special sewing projects and two of them will receive further training in Hairdressing.

During the training they learned not only about these jobs but also learned how to deal with finances, how deal with family and many other things. They all received counseling and we have seen them grow a lot in the last weeks. Some of them were very shy in the beginning, others suffered still from what they experienced while they worked in prostitution but now we see that they are on a good way forward. One of the women even went home last weekend and brought her young daughter to stay with her at Tamar. That was not possible while she worked in the bars and she missed her daughter so much. It is nice to see them now together.

Another update is from a woman that is already a couple of years with us. In August during the Thai Mother’s Day (Mother Day in Thailand is the Birthday of the Queen), she got the Mother of the Year Award from her school, which is a big thing here. You cannot believe how proud she was to receive this award. Her young daughter was also selected to be the conductor for the yearly school parade. Hope you can see on the picture how happy she was.

Shekinah from the USA also arrived in the last month. She is an English Teacher by profession and has come for one year to work with us and teach English to the women that are still working in the bars. We are very glad that she is here as she lifts the standard of our English Classes to a more professional level. She started to do individual assessments with all the women to the classes to see at which level they are so that she can teach them accordingly.

On the sad side we had to say to Alinda and Rik with there two children. They volunteered with us for the last five years but returned now to the Netherlands. We are very thankful for all the help that they have been but also sad that they left. We wish them a great start back home!

Good, so much for a short update from Tamar. Have a wonderful day and thank you for your continued support of the work that we are doing here in Pattaya.

 

With gratitude!

Mother of the Year Award
Mother of the Year Award
Conducting the Parade
Conducting the Parade
Mother and Daugher reunited
Mother and Daugher reunited
English Class
English Class
Goodbye bowling for Alinda and Rik
Goodbye bowling for Alinda and Rik

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