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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.
2017 was one of our best years yet, with so many exciting moments and accomplishments to share! Here are some of the highlights: We re-branded our work from The SOLD Project to “The Freedom Story” in solidarity with our values of Ethical Storytelling; Resources at our Pong Prae and Chiang Rai Resource Centers were accessed over 2,900 times by at.
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.
When asked what she has learned in the six months of attending our Girls Club, one member responds, “[In] this club, everyone is valuable in themselves, we are girls, and we can get [along] with each other.” She smiles shyly and quickly accepts her chocolate wafer treat, a reward for sharing her thoughts. For the past six months, The Freedom.
Ratana describes her self as “happy, maybe overly happy, and bubbly.” She is a 19 year old student, full of confidence and excited about her future. She has been studying at Chiang Mai University, one of the best universities in Thailand, for about a month. However, she hasn’t always been this way. As a child, Ratana was shy and introverted..
“I…want *sniff* to talk *sob* to Kru Ball,” a kindergarten-aged girl whimpers to me as I step out of the classroom at the Pong Phrae Resource center. I don’t recognize her, though on Saturdays new students are not uncommon. I take her to talk to Kru Ball, who successfully calms her down. It is close to the beginning of.
Why More People Don’t Come Forward One of the most immediate responses to human trafficking is rescue and rehabilitation. From policy makers to private individuals seeking to make a change, a great deal of attention and money go directly to victim services. One also might assume that victims, at the first available opportunity, would run directly for help and be.
Mina* is a soft-spoken, self-possessed and graceful young woman. She has been a scholarship student with The Freedom Story since she was very young–always shy, yet diligent and hardworking. She might not have always been that way. She had been friends and neighbors with a couple of sisters who chose a different path. These sisters began to diverge in their.