The project is located in the far north of Thailand in rural villages and towns near Chiang Rai, close to the Myanmar and Laos borders. The project will provide HIV/AIDS and drug awareness education programs in Thai rural schools, prisons and communities together with simple income-generating projects to support families from the school who are afflicted by the disease, and other poor families. By educating and supporting affected families with health education and simple income-generating projects such as chickens and pigs, it allows children to be kept in school, in a family and in a community.
What we like about it:
Our partners have worked in this area for over 25 years and have a proven track record in the community. Relationships have been built and consolidated over a long time. Our partners are well networked with local Thai government departments and other NGOs (non-government organisations) in the area. Memorandums of Understanding are in place with local detention and rehabilitation centres, schools and other community groups.
$19,300 for Year 2 of a two-year project.
The budget will provide 10 health education programs in a local school and 6 programs in each of two prisons/detention centres and enable small income-generating projects for 15 vulnerable families, a youth camp for 70 students and promotion of World AIDS Day across a range of venues.
Northern Thailand is poor and is challenged by HIV/AIDS, family break-down through drugs and alcohol and poverty – all of which creates orphaned and disadvantaged children living in the local communities. This breaks down the fabric of a society. There is a big need to build up families and keep them together to create strong communities.