Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry

by Tamar Center
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Housing for Women leaving the Sex Industry
Women receiving donations of cleaning material
Women receiving donations of cleaning material

Greetings from Pattaya. We hope that your summer is going well and that you can take a couple of days off. Here in Thailand, we are now in the rainy season and the summertime is the low season. But it does not rain the full day, often it is just around 30 minutes, but the humidity is a bit insane.

What has been happening with the Tamar housing in the last months? We are very glad that we had two women move out of the bars and join Tamar Center recently. Both worked in the same bar and were very happy when we offered them housing and a job at Tamar. The first days they have been rather shy but soon they opened and are already a fixed part of our community.

During the first rains of the season there was water leakage into some rooms of our Nursery building but thankfully the owner of the house sent technicians and it got fixed fast. Otherwise, we have used some of our empty rooms as quarantine rooms. Since the schools have re-opened, we have had several Covid cases again at Tamar. The children are bringing it back from school and as it takes now up to 10 days for people to show symptoms, we had new cases in regular intervals. Thankfully all the cases have been mild. It was good to have extra rooms available so that the infected could isolate from the others. We really hope that the circle of infections will soon be broken.

Some maintenance work was also carried out:  we updated some bathrooms, installed some new toilets and sinks and did some smaller repair work as well.

There is a different part of our housing that we hardly talk about: In the Tamar Soi 6 Outreach Center we not only operate our Hair Salon and our free English Classes, but we also have a “House of Peace” – a room where the women working in the bars can come to just rest, sleep, relax or hide from customers that they do not like. In the last months we have women on a regular basis coming to rest and sleep. There is soft music playing in the room and if the women want, we have staff around that they can talk to. It is nice that so soon after re-opening, word has already gone around the new women working in Soi 6 that Tamar Center is a place where they can come to rest.

On the 12th of August we are planning a big Outreach for Mother’s Day. In Thailand Mother’s Day is not in May but it is held when it is the Queens birthday. For the first time, this year we are planning to hand out gift bags and vouchers to the mothers that are working in the different bars, away from their families to make money. Many of them are lonely and they often see their children only once or twice a year. We want to encourage them and offer them the opportunity to come, join our vocational training and to move in with us at Tamar so that they can be together with their children again.

Thank you for your continued support of our housing project. Our new women are very grateful for the housing, and I can assure you, that your donations have made a significant difference in their lives!

For the Tamar Family

One of our new woman at work
One of our new woman at work
Woman coming to rest in our housing
Woman coming to rest in our housing
Another bar girl rests in our room in Soi 6
Another bar girl rests in our room in Soi 6
Welcome Pack that our new women received
Welcome Pack that our new women received
Getting ready to distribute Bags for Mother's Day
Getting ready to distribute Bags for Mother's Day
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One of the rooms of our women
One of the rooms of our women

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Tamar Center. We hope that you had a good start into the new year and that things are returning to normal for you. Here in Thailand, we are slowly getting back to a new normal. Some of the entry-restrictions have been lifted, some small numbers of Tourists are returning, some businesses are opening again and there is some careful hope in the air.

For us as well we are restarting many of our ministries: Our Hair Salon is open again for the bargirls, we offer again free English Classes in Soi 6, and our Bakery is busy with orders again.

Tuu is also working on the next Tamar vocational and life training that will start on the 13th of May. We are hoping for at least ten women to come and join this training. We are currently preparing our houses to receive the new women.

Thankfully, a local school has collected a lot of supplies for the new women. They did a project in school, one of our staff went over and shared about our work and they went out to their friends and collected a lot of things for the women: cleaning supplies, hygiene articles, pillows, etc. – have a look at the picture to see what they all collected – amazing!

We have ten rooms ready to receive the new women and are really hoping that they will come. During our outreaches many of the women tell us that they are interested but they do not want to leave the bars as they are hoping to make money for their families. It is sad, currently there are many 18- and 19-year-old women that have come fresh from the villages into the bars…

In today’s newsletter we also want to show you some of the rooms that we have prepared and some that our current women are living in, so that you can get an idea on how it looks. Hope you enjoy it!!!

Thank you for your continued support and your help in offering shelter and safe housing to women leaving the sex industry!

For the Tamar Family

Another room!
Another room!
One room ready for a new woman to come
One room ready for a new woman to come
One room from one women and her daughter!
One room from one women and her daughter!
School kids donated these supplies to us
School kids donated these supplies to us
Tamar Team doing Valentine Outreach
Tamar Team doing Valentine Outreach
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Team
Team

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 for you:

-          Purchase of the new Tamar Building – as of writing this Christmas news the new Building is 95% 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

Outreach during Holidays
Outreach during Holidays
Celebration of Christmas in our Street
Celebration of Christmas in our Street
Kids at Tamar in our Nursery
Kids at Tamar in our Nursery
Women and Kids in our Street in front of our house
Women and Kids in our Street in front of our house
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School work in one of our houses
School work in one of our houses

Greetings from Pattaya to you all. We hope that you are doing well and that the Covid-19 situation in your part of the world is finally getting better. Here in Pattaya, things are still not very good. We continue to have a nightly curfew and a number of restrictions in place, especially all the bars, brothels and massage places continue to be closed. Which means many problems and loss of income for the women. Many have left Pattaya to ride out the situation with their families in the North-East of Thailand but a lot of them have also moved to online work and are still arranging meetings with customers via online channels, which is very dangerous. We continue our food distribution and are still giving out around 150 big food bags each week to women that have nothing to eat anymore. Here an example on how bad the situation for the women is: One of our Staff members was at the beach feeding the squirrels some leftover fruit which is very cute, as they are eating it out of your hand. Suddenly she heard a voice behind her: I am also hungry! And there was one of the women looking very bad. She chatted a bit with our Staff and explained that she had lost the job in her bar, was now walking beach road everyday to find customers that would buy her. She already lost her apartment and was now living in a little shack attached to another house. She was afraid that she would lose that as well, as she had no income. Our Staff arranged a time and later the day returned with a big load of food and other supplies for her. It is a very hard and desperate situation for the women here.

Thailand just reduced the mandatory quarantine for all people visiting to seven days and it looks likely that from the next year onwards Tourist might be able to freely travel to Thailand again. We are preparing ourselves for this, as we expect that the moment that the borders open, thousands of women will return to Pattaya, to try to find work in the sex industry here. They will come pressured by their families and hopeful to make money to repay the debts that they have collected during the pandemic. We are currently getting our house and training programs ready to be able to help these women when they come. The restart of the Tourist Industry will not happen overnight, and we highly doubt that we will see a substantial number of Tourist in the first months of opening and so there will be too many women in the city and we want to help them find additional work. In September we finally purchased our new Building and are currently renovating it to offer more vocational training options and to start a Guesthouse, so that we can teach hospitality skills as part of our new vocational training.

In the meantime, we have changed one of the houses where we normally have women staying into a “school’. The Tamar children are since many months out of school and must do online school, mostly on their phones or doing worksheets. This became a huge struggle for the mothers to do with the children after work, and so we have changed one of the houses into school. Now, a Staff Member is looking after the children during the day to help them log into online school, do homework, fill out worksheets and watch YouTube videos that the school suggests for the kids. All the rooms of the house are used, so that the children have privacy to learn and not get distracted from the other kids around them. We never thought we would use our houses as a school, but thankfully we have the space right now to do just that. We hope that schools will open from November again, and once that happens, we will prepare the house once again to receive women that want to leave the sex industry behind.

Thank you for your continued support of our housing project. It is great to always have space for the women that need shelter and that is only possible through your help!

School is open
School is open
The women that asked for help at the beach
The women that asked for help at the beach
some of our houses
some of our houses
Tamar Team Party for the purchase of new House
Tamar Team Party for the purchase of new House
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Deep Cleaning!
Deep Cleaning!

Hello everyone!

Greetings from Tamar Center in Pattaya. Thank you for your faithful support for our work here in Thailand. We are glad for your support and that you take the time to read our short update today.

The last months have been very challenging. In the middle of April, the third Covid-19 wave really hit Thailand we had to work from home from early April till the end of May. What did it mean to work from home for our women? Basically, they had a lot of free time – but we tried to use the time as best as possible:

We asked all the women to deep clean all the houses that we have rented and their own living spaces as well. We also did a lot of smaller renovations like painting, cleaning, weeding in the garden areas, deep cleaning our Nursery and all the toys in it, fixing some basic water pipes in the kitchen areas, etc. Basically, we managed to finish all the little projects that were for a long time on our list, but we never had to the time to do them.

The biggest project that we undertook was looking through all the houses and sorting out all the things that have accumulated over time. With many women moving in and out, there are always things left behind and we were amazed to see how many things were collected that did not have any owners anymore.

We also took the time to move some of our women around in order to have one house completely empty and ready for new women to move in. Currently we are using this house for women that must do quarantine at home. For example, one of our women had to travel to Bangkok for a family emergency and with the very high numbers of Covid-19 in Bangkok she had to isolate herself for a week in her room after the trip and take a Covid test as well. It is perfect to have an empty house for occasions like these as she can be in there right now and not need to worry about sharing a bathroom or kitchen with someone else.

On top of that, that house is ready now for new women that want to join us at Tamar. They move into this empty house until they have done a Covid-19 test and we can be sure that they are healthy and are no danger to infect the other women that are currently with us. We need to be very careful, as many of our women have health issues due to HIV or others and we need to protect them especially.

Thank you for helping us to provide shelter and housing for women leaving the sex industry. The women are very thankful when they see the nice accommodation that is ready for them – you are really making a difference in their lives!

For the Tamar family

Cleaning all the toys!
Cleaning all the toys!
Painting!
Painting!
Look what all has accumulated in a short time
Look what all has accumulated in a short time
Can I please help as well?
Can I please help as well?
Deep deep cleaning!
Deep deep cleaning!
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