Thailand

Step Ahead Development Foundation

Organization: SADF
Location: Thailand
Target group: At risk families


Their main goal is to support and strengthen families so that they remain together and thereby ensure children’s rights to safety and protection. SADF also conducts preschool activities for children aged from one to five years old from highly vulnerable families (which is unique, as most children in Asia begin preschool at the age of three). On a national level, SADF plays an active role in highlighting the problems surrounding orphanages and the fact that a majority of children in orphanages are neither orphans nor in need of protection but rather are usually placed in orphanages for poverty-related reasons, thus breaching the children’s right to their parents.

Read more: stepahead.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org

Friends International Thailand

Organization: Friends International Thailand
Location: Aranyaprathet, Thailand
Target group: At risk children


Friends International Thailand works with and on behalf of at-risk children and young people. Families and older youths are offered vocational training, micro loans or an opportunity to work at home producing products that Friends International sells. It also runs a staffed hotline for urgent cases.

Read more: friends-international.org


Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org

One Sky Foundation

Organization: One Sky Foundation
Location: Sangkhlaburi, Thailand
Target group: At risk families


One Sky, one of our project partners in Thailand, provides support to vulnerable families and children in a difficult-to-access area along the border with Myanmar. In this area, there are essentially no social networks for families. Poverty and discrimination have contributed to many of the area’s children living in 17 unregistered orphanages, despite having at least one living parent.

Childhood is One Sky’s largest donor and we support the majority of the organization’s initiatives. Among other actions, One Sky provides support to at-risk families by proactively reaching out to them in the villages and ensuring they receive help with everything from making a living, food and transportation to education and therapy. One Sky provides support to at-risk families by reaching out to them in the villages and ensuring they receive help with everything from making a living, food and transportation to school uniforms and therapy.

One Sky provides support to at-risk families by reaching out to them in the villages and ensuring they receive help with everything from making a living, food and transportation to school uniforms and therapy.  The objective moving forward is to create a regional system that ensures children are not unnecessarily placed into care without having previously tried other measures. Another objective is to build a foster family program for children who are unable to remain with their birth families.

Read more: oneskyfoundation.org

Contact person at Childhood:
Åsa Olsson
asa.olsson@childhood.org