According to UNICEF, approximately one million Thai children live in vulnerable conditions. These include children who live in poverty, have lost their parents, have a disability or are forced to live on the streets. In addition, it is estimated that around 290,000 children have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS. Thailand also endured the horrific 2014 Boxing Day Tsunami, along with several other natural disasters over the years. These disasters have claimed thousands of lives, and left thousands missing and displaced. As a result, many children were left without parents, and without a home.
Unfortunately, Thailand’s orphaned and abandoned children face harsh vulnerabilities and risks, such as exploitation, sex trafficking, child labor, malnutrition, poverty, and disease. In the northern parts of Thailand, many tribal communities exist, including the Hmong Tribe. For the Hmong people, discrimination heightens their daily struggle to survive. Because many of them do not have Thai nationality, they often cannot find work and their children are denied proper education. Eventually, this cycle of poverty drives many to crime. For the Hmong women, youth pregnancy, poverty, and peer pressure provides an easy gateway into prostitution. With high levels of incarceration and women being trafficked, children in these communities are often left alone and abandoned.
The mission of Baan Zion focuses on caring for young children who are either forced to live in prison with their mothers or those who, due to her detention, are left behind without care. In Thailand, if there are no other members of the family to care for the children, the mother may bring her children with her to the detention center. Needless to say, prison is an unfit place for young girls, vulnerable to the heightened threat of being sold into the sex trade in the region. The Baan Zion Home for Children strives to give these girls their childhoods back. Baan Zion’s 10 acre site is on beautiful grounds. It is a place where Thai children receive love and respect, perhaps for the first time in their lives. They also strive to reunite families when possible, providing counsel and accompaniment to the labor market for recently released mothers.
Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.
This year, we have a goal to help improve the quality of care for these amazing children, and we need your help. Your gift will help provide education, a safe home, health, and adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ. Our promise to you is that 100% will go directly to the home.