Thailand has been affected by some heavy flooding these past few weeks. The latest ones hitting the very south of the country and earlier ones affecting the north-east, the poor agricultural part of Siam-Care's work:
Over 3.2 million people are affected and more than 50 have died as a direct result. Around 3.5 Million rai (1.4 million acres) of farmland and paddy fields have been damaged which means many farmers will not have a harvest this year, they already are the poorest of the country.
The sad thing is that much of the heavy flooding in many provinces is caused by greed. According to different sources widespread encroachment on water retention areas and the blocking of natural drainage ways by construction projects are being blamed for some of the disastrous flooding. The construction of resort hotels, golf courses, housing estates, roads and the province’s sports complex for the Southeast Asian Games three years ago have also added to the severity of it all.
Farmers, already struggling to make ends meet, face major financial problems; many will not have a harvest this year. This means they will not be able to pay back the loans they took out to buy seedlings, fertilizer etc. It also means they will have to buy rice to feed their families; where will all this money come from?
These families are at risk;
- of being broken up and separated as parents will migrate to the city to find any job in order to be able to send money back home
-Students are at risk of having to drop out of school as their will be no extra to pay the required schooling costs/equipment
-Students are at risk of feeling responsible to stop their education and help the family find ways to earn money.
Siam-Care is committed to helping the very poor affected students at risk in the north-east of Thailand to continue their education, and helping the parents with support in order for them to be able to stay together as a family.
We hope you will partner with us in this!
pictures show; 1- wading through the floods 2- destroyed rice paddies