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.
In 2006, a couple learned that children were entering Thailand on foot from the neighboring country of Myanmar, attempting to escape a violent ethnic cleansing that was occurring in their own villages. Tragically, this is a common scenario in this area of Thailand, due to ongoing attacks on certain minorities in their own population. The couple resolved to help these innocent survivors by building an orphanage on a five-acre tract of unused land. The home began with merely five children found along the streets at the market, begging for food, having lost their parents as a result of these violent crimes. Thanks to donations supporting their work, the couple has since constructed a two-story building on the site and the facility provides a place of peace for more than 20 child survivors of the ethnic strife across the border. Your financial help is of utmost importance as the home strives to rescue more innocent victims of this unfathomable violence. Your gifts directly support an atmosphere of love and security for these precious boys and girls.
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.