Working With Children in Thailand

World Vison has been supporting children in Thailand since 1972. In early work, aiding refugees fleeing war was a focus. But for most of our history in the country the focus has been on community development, supported by sponsorship. Another key project for Canadian donors in recent years was the End Trafficking in Persons program, working to prevent the trafficking and exploitation of children in Thailand and five other countries.

Canada’s most recent sponsorship-funded work in Thailand was in the Jatujak community, near the Gulf of Thailand. Children and families in Jatujak gained a strong respect for child rights, strengthened their education and learned practical skills to help them succeed in the workforce. When sponsorship support phased out of Jatujak recently, it was noted that some six thousand students had received educational help from World Vision and 99 per cent of parents stated they planned to keep their children in school.

Your impact in Thailand

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • 6,385 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 471 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover
  • 20 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 18 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in Thailand
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 297 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • 303 children in Thailand received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 315 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 1,401 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans

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