Bangkok, Mukdahan and Phang Nga
In Thailand a huge stigma still exists regarding hiv/aids. This has several social-economic consequences.
Our partner Siam-Care works with about 240 vulnerable children and their families. Some children are infected themselves, others have lost their parents because of hiv/aids. Siam Care supports people regarding the use of medication, creates awareness about hiv/aids and gives sex education. Wereldkinderen covers all costs for the education, home visits and nutrition support.
The income from other donors gives 200 children from the project the possibility to go to school, at least up to the third class of secondary school. After that, the children are given a certificate that helps them to find a job and thus support his or her family financially.
The past year, 560 children have been supported. None of them dropped out of school. 28 families could leave the program in 2018. Their income has been improved and they have learned enough skills to take care of their family-members who live with hiv/aids. All orphans that are looked after by Siam Care, live with their family members. No one ended up in residential care.
Another good result is that all teenage mothers that Siam Care supports, now take care of their children themselves. They do not need to bring them to a relative. Please read the following story of Som, an orphan and infected with HIV, but who is now a mother of a healthy son, thanks to Siam Care.
Wereldkinderen supports this project for 3 years.