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When people think of poverty, trauma is not always the first problem that comes to mind. However, research has repeatedly shown that the two are often related: that in poverty, often comes abuse of various kinds (alcohol, drugs, physical, emotional, sexual), stress that is detrimental to children’s brain growth and development, and fewer layers of protection against the worst circumstances.
Did You Know…? that 47% of 15-year-olds attending village schools in Thailand are functionally illiterate? While Thailand continues to grow in productivity and opportunity, certain regions like the North and Northeast continue to lag behind in productivity. One of the biggest shames is that even when kids are in school, they don’t always receive the level of quality in education.
Did you know… …that there are people in this world who do not have citizenship in any country? For most of us, citizenship is never a question. It is something we are entitled to by birth, and from birth, we enjoy all the benefits the state provides: access to health care, education, the right to hold a legal job, licenses.
The link between sustainable farming and the prevention of child trafficking is probably not immediately apparent. It’s definitely not as sexy as live-tweeting a brothel raid. But throughout the last nine years of our grassroots work in vulnerable communities in Northern Thailand, we’ve come to see how essential it is. Poverty, Risk, and a Lever for Change When it.
A member of our Thai staff, Lux, recently conducted a half-day training on depression for students at the Pong Phrae Resource Center. She opened by showing pictures of famous people worldwide who have had depression, shared about her personal experience of her friend having depression, and discussed how her friend received help by talking about their condition and getting the support they needed. She went on to explain.
Lin* is a 13-year-old boy who looks more like the age of 10. When one of our staff asked him how his scholarship helps support his dreams, he said: “It helps me to eat whatever I want to eat when I’m hungry.” At first our staff member thought it was the typical teenage boy appetite talking, until she was informed.
In honor of the week of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, it seems appropriate to shine a more direct light on the ways in which racism intersects with the trafficking in humans. Just as monetizing human beings on the basis of skin and origin defined the slave trade centuries ago, so too does it inform and mold modern day slavery..
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month — and today, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day! You may have heard the gruesome statistics, such as: In 2016 (the most recent global data we have), on any given day it’s likely that 40 million were stuck in modern slavery, which includes coerced domestic, construction, factory, farm, fishing, and sex work 71%.
There’s nothing like a new year for a sense of revitalization, fresh energy, and optimism for what’s to come. While 2017 was a challenging year in many ways, and for many people, we are looking forward to the possibilities 2018 might bring! Though 2017 was a year in which many people had to tighten their belts, what might have gone.
To all our friends, supporters, champions, volunteers and fellow activists, we want to send you a BIG, WARM, and HEARTFELT THANK YOU for everything you do and everything you’ve done to help bring our staff and students’ dreams closer to coming true. Your encouragement and support have been vital to growing our community, holding steadfast our commitment to the cause,.