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!
Graduation Picture Tamar Training
Graduation Picture Tamar Training

Greetings from Pattaya in Thailand. Today we would like to update you about the Tamar Training Program that has been going on for three months and finished recently.

From the six women that started the training program five graduated after completing the program. Sadly, one women left in the middle of the program due to health reasons. She had HIV and took a turn for the worse and due to her immune system being very low the Doctor advised her not to live in community until her health improved.

The other women enjoyed the three-month long training and learned the basics of cooking, baking, sewing, hairdressing and card making as well as receiving counseling, finance training and teaching on a lot of different topics. It was a really nice training, the students bonded well with the Trainers and we see big progress in most of the women. Now, almost six weeks after the training finished, we can report that all the women are still going strong. One left us and got a job at a local Hotel where she is working at the reception, one is half way through training to become a cook and is working in our own Tamar Restaurant, one other lady has just stared a further bakery training and for one women we are currently looking at schools for sewing. She wants to learn the sewing of Thai traditional dance costumes in order to start a small business in that area. It is really nice to see them continuing their education and going strong.

We were also able to visit the family of one of the women in Issan and spent a long weekend there, explaining to the family and village about Tamar Center and also why it is not good for young women to come to Pattaya and to start in prostitution. 

Since the training finished we took in two more girls that did not want to work in the bars and brothels of Pattaya anymore. 

As you can see, it has been a busy time for us and right after the training finished we received a huge order for Christmas Cards. In the last weeks the women worked very hard on finishing this order and it was all hands-on deck to get all the cards done in time to send them to a customer in Germany. This week we are working on a couple of smaller orders for cards and also our bakery is very busy with a bigger order of cakes for delivery for a big Party- which is a great opportunity for our new women to learn some baking skills. (If you are interested in some handmade Christmas Cards from our women, you can order them here: https://tamarproducts.com/collections/christmas )

Thank you for making our work possible and for helping our women to get a chance at a new life. When we compare the pictures from them coming to us in May and now, we see a huge difference. Especially the woman that left to work in the Hotel - when she came, she had no self-worth, was very shy, but after receiving counseling and help, she is now a confident person that runs a reception desk. What a change! Thank you for making this possible!

For the Tamar Family

Daniel Vaupel

PS: For this years end we just started a new Project, you can check it out in the links.

Finished Counseling program from older Tamar Group
Finished Counseling program from older Tamar Group
Hairdressing Training
Hairdressing Training
Baking Training
Baking Training

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The group doing the Finance Training
The group doing the Finance Training

Hello everybody and greetings from Pattaya. Today I just want to give you a short update on the progress of our vocational Training Program that is running right now. We are in week nine already and have four more weeks to go.

While I am writing this, I am sitting our Tamar Restaurant. One of the woman from our Training is this morning for the first time alone responsible for the running of the restaurant. I am sitting down here and work from here just to observe and to help if there are any problems. But so far, she is doing very well. She has a good eye for the work, good communication skills with the customers and does a very good job. When I think that in April she was still selling her body in the brothels of this City the transformation is very radical.

Altogether the Training has been going well. The girls have made good progress in the different skills that they are learning. Some have already decided that they like hairdressing or baking and some are still undecided. But they enjoyed getting training in all the different areas as it gives them an opportunity to try things out.

In the counseling sessions, there have also been some breakthroughs for some women but not for all. Sadly, there is one woman especially that is not really opening up and with that she is not really ready to work on the issues in her life. Her past, what we know, is difficult and we hope that before the Training is over, she will be ready to open up to one of the Counselors so that she can receive healing.

We also had two weeks ago a special day of Finance Training, taught by the first woman that Tamar Center took more than 10 years ago out of the bars. She is working for another organization in Pattaya right now and as she has been where the women are, she was a good choice to teach them about budgeting, saving money and the dangers of taking out loans, especially from private loan sharks.

Tonight, we will celebrate the months birthdays together as a Tamar Family and will follow this up with a movie night. Looking forward to it.

So much as a short update for you. Thank you for your continued support of our work. You are making the change in the women possible!

For the Tamar Family

Daniel Vaupel

Classroom teaching
Classroom teaching
Hairdressing Training
Hairdressing Training
Sewing
Sewing
Baking training
Baking training
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Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony

Greetings from Tamar Center! 

Today we just wanted to let you know that we started our vocational Training Program for women that want to leave prostitution behind last Friday. For the next three months, the students will learn the basics of Hairdressing, Sewing, Baking, Cooking and Jewelry/Card making. They will also receive counseling and will receive life training and help to leave the past behind so that they can start into a new life. The last lady joined us only on Friday - just before the training started. We had a great evening with lots of fun, some nice games/dances, good food and some speeches. Saturday, we than went to the beach with the whole Tamar Family in order to get to know the new students. There are a number of pictures attached, so I hope that you will enjoy them. We are very happy for every woman that leaves the bars behind!

Thank you for you continued support - without it we would not be able to help these women!

 

Daniel

Opening Speech by Director
Opening Speech by Director
New Students with Trainers
New Students with Trainers
some Music
some Music
Whole Tamar Family
Whole Tamar Family
Beach Outing
Beach Outing
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English Class for women from the bars
English Class for women from the bars

Greetings from Tamar Center in Pattaya. We hope that you enjoy a nice spring wherever you are. Here in Thailand it is getting very toasty in the moment. The winter is over and the temperatures are climbing and it is getting more humid as well. Time to give our aircon units a workout. :)

But not only is it getting warmer but also the Tourist Highseason here in Pattaya is coming to an end, which is great for us. It means that more girls are able to leave the bars and come to our English Classes, it means that more girls are thinking about leaving the sex industry behind as they do not have as many customers and it helps to have less people around. In the last week the attendance of our English Class increased and we also see higher numbers of girls coming to our Hairsalon to get their hair done - which we love because it is a good opportunity to talk to the girls, challenge them about the jobs that they are involved in and helping them to make different choices for their lives. Just two days ago, we had a woman crying in our English Class, as she does not like to work as a prostitute anymore and wants out. She came yesterday and had a look at our Center and we hope that she will be able to make the step to move out of the Redlights!

We were able to take one more lady of the streets the other week. She and her son, seven years old, have now moved into our housing and she is adjusting to staying in a normal enviroment and it is nice to see how she is relating to her son. He is soo excited. Till last week, he was not able to stay with his Mum, as she worked in the bars and he had to stay with relatives that were not really keen on having him. But now, he is a happy child and we hope that they will stay with us for a long time .

Last week a Team from Tamar Center together with some Volunteers went all the way to Chaiyaphum in the north-east of Thailand - a 8 hour drive. There the team helped a local school running an English Camp, they did a lot of prevention work with children and worked also in a village where they encouraged the women not to come to places like Pattaya.

This month Global Giving has choosen to half the fees that we have to pay for receiving donations which is excellent. Therefore, can we ask you to consider helping us to reach our next fundraising goal? We have a number of costs coming up in the next months when we will start a three month long training program for women from the bars. Would you be willing to help us reach out to the women and show them that they are loved? 

Thank you for your continued support!

Some women from the bars visit our Center
Some women from the bars visit our Center
Tamar Volunteers teaching at an English Camp
Tamar Volunteers teaching at an English Camp
Bar Outreach in Pattaya
Bar Outreach in Pattaya
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Tamar Christmas Celebration
Tamar Christmas Celebration

Happy new Year from Tamar Center!

 
Another year has been passed by and we are getting ready for the year 2560 (Thai Calendar is based on Buddha) or 2017 (in the rest of the world)! What a year it has been! But as we leave it behind we want to wish you an amazing new Year and hope that your dreams and wishes come true in the next year.

Pastor Jim & Christmas 
The month of December at Tamar Center has been going by very fast. Pastor Jim came and talked on two evenings to our women, we had special Christmas celebrations at our English Classes and also at Soi 6. This year, we were able to hand out to all our contacts an Calendar for the next year. This calendar is special as all the pictures are drawn in Thai style (see picture) and we hope that people will hang them up and enjoy them throughout the year.

Issan trip 
Earlier in the month Nella, Pi Soi and Daniel went on a road trip and visited Tamar Center in Korat, a number of women that have been with Tamar Center in the past and also spent three days at Tamar Center Chaiyaphum. We had a great time and were able to observe the great job that Matee and Ooy are doing there. We will next year talk more about them, as they want to start a new project to teach how make Thai snacks to the local women. The goal of this project will be, to help the women to earn a small extra income in order to prevent them from coming to cities like Pattaya. We are looking forward to the start of this new initiative and hope that it will be a big success. Meanwhile in Pattaya, Steffi has been busy with a DTS Team renovating the card room and we are happy to report that it is almost finished. But you can still be a part of this project as well: https://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/tamar-christmas-project-2016/

Many thanks for all your support! 
At the end of this year we would also like to thank you for your letters, emails, cards, prayers and support to Tamar Center in the last year. We are very grateful for your interest in the work here and hope that we can stay connected with you all in the new year as well. 


Merry Christmas and a blessed new Year from Tamar Center!
 
Daniel Vaupel

Tamar Team December 2017
Tamar Team December 2017
Tamar Center Chaiyaphum
Tamar Center Chaiyaphum
Calendar that we distributed
Calendar that we distributed
Renovation Card Room
Renovation Card Room
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