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.
Connie’s Home is one of the most unique homes that Serving Orphans Worldwide supports. The children in Connie’s Home have all been given over to them by government orphanages because the government facility cannot adequately support the child’s needs. They also provide work for female juvenile offenders through a work-release program approved through the Thai courts. Up until recently, the home was fully funded by the couple that oversees it. However, Serving Orphans Worldwide recently began supporting some of the operational budget of Connie’s Home so that they can pursue sustainability. The couple that began this home already have chickens and ducks to lay eggs and are in the process of implementing a fishery and garden to further cut down on food cost and supplement their income. We are proud to support such a forward thinking, intentional home. Please consider coming alongside us as we support sustainability and proper care for the most vulnerable of Thailand’s orphaned children.
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.