Thank you very much for your generous support of our project in the last months. Today I would like to give you a short update about has been happening. In May we started our 20th Tamar Vocational and Life Training and six women joined this program. They left a life in the brothels of Pattaya behind and moved into the housing that we provide for them. All except one of the women have children, but only one brought her child with her. This child is now also staying in our Nursery during the day, when the mother has the training program.
It is so crucial to be able to offer these women safe housing and we are very happy that through your help we can provide this to them. The women are staying in two houses, where each of them has their own room and they share bathroom, kitchen and living room.
During the training the women are learning different skills in baking, cooking, hair dressing, sewing and card making, and they also get a lot of counseling and other help. Last week the topic of the training was about forgiveness - very hard topic for these women as most of them had very abusive childhoods. We are now already in the 8th week of the Training program and we are looking forward to continuing to see these women develop further.
Thank you for making our work possible and for all your support!
Director Tamar Center
Hello! Greetings from Thailand. We are getting ready to slow down a bit after a long week of celebrations. In Thailand we just finished the Songkran holiday (the Thai New Year), which is like Easter, Christmas and all other western holidays combined. It was a lot of fun and you can describe it as well as the biggest water fight in the world. Part of the ceremony is that everybody is playing with water - it was fun!
In the last weeks we had three new women moving into our houses, one woman came only today and we are gearing up for our next three-month long Tamar Vocational Training - it will be our 20th - which will start on the 18th of May. We are hoping for 12 women to take part in this training and so far, we have five women.
We have started to do a lot of bar outreach in order to reach the women and you can see some pictures from a small party that we held just before Songkran in this email. In the coming weeks we have another three parties planned with the biggest one with 100 women on the 9th of May.
In Thailand, Songkran also marks the end of the tourism high season, now it becomes very hot in Thailand and so less Tourists arrive which makes it easier for the women to leave the sex industry as the income will be a lot smaller. That is the reason why we have put our outreaches mostly after Songkran and we trust that we can find 12 women that want to leave the bars behind.
In the last months one of our houses got a complete makeover. The owner agreed to pay for it - which is very nice and we even did not have to pay rent for the months that the renovation took. Now the house is ready, we moved all the furniture back in and the new women will be happy to move in there. We are also expecting a team from the Netherlands to come and to paint some of the rooms of the women in the other houses. We will see how creative the team can be.
Good, thank you again for all your support. We are thankful for being able to offer accommodation thanks to your help.
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