We usually try to share a personal story of one of the prisoners we work with. Not this time, we now have some good news to share: our prison program is growing so rapidly that we need to hire more staff!
Only 4 years ago, when we registred this project on Globalgiving.com, our prison program consisted of 1 prison; The hospital section of KlongPrem prison, in Bangkok. We worked with HIV-infected prisoners and trained them in their medication usage. 2 years ago, another prison was added to our program: the woman's correctional institution in Pathum Thani. In that year, we worked with around 60 inmates on a monthly basis.
Last year, one youth prison invited us to come and teach the juvenile inmates about the risks of (unsafe) sex. We accepted this invitation, because many of these youngsters don't get any visitors. We believe that, eventhough they messed up some things in life, they deserve to receive love and attention. The training sessions in this 'new' prison, were succesful and soon, other youth prisons started to invite Siam-Care as well to work with their inmates.
From 1 to 7 prisons
Now, 2018, we give trainings and do counseling in 7 prisons. Which means that hunderds of inmates undergo training by Siam-Care. Next to training, we play games with them in an attempt to distract them from their dire situation. Life in prison isn't easy and all inmates are longing for a bit of distraction. We also offer a shoulder to cry on and listen to the stories of the prisoners. It is amazing and very encouraging to see what a little bit of love and attention can do for the inmates.
Add one staff to our team
Thanks to people like you, we can reach out to all these prisoners. Because we now visit this many prisons, we would love to add another staff to our team. We don't have the budget yet, we need to raise about 500 USD per month. If you know or are the person who would like to invest in these forgotten people in prison: please contact us. Thank you for being a blessing to people in need!