In front of the prison hospital; part of the team
Christmas holds a special meaning to many people all over the world. When one is far away from home living under very difficult circumstances it become especially important to have some link with home.
For prisoners letters, visits and anything that reminds them of and keeps them in contact with home is important; Christmas is one of those times when those far away from home can feel especially lonely and depressed, even more so when one is incarcerated.
Every year Siam-Care organises a special day when the team goes into the prison hospital. We invite others, with better music skills then we have, to join us and from 9.00-11.30 this team is allowed to visit the different hospital wards singing Christmas carols, giving a short Christmas encouraging talk and deliver a special treat.
December 2012, a team of 19 people went into the prison hospital, dressed up to bring a bit of colour and joy to the sick prisoners. We sang until our voices were hoarse, talked with individuals and were able to give out 250 presents; a bag containing writing paper, stamps, cookies and a towel.
There were prisoners from European and other western countries who joined in the singing and many more joined in the chorusses. It was especially good to go from bed to bed for the very sick be able to encourage them during this time of the year.