Welfare

Elderly Care

Eh Htu Hta camp is situated on the Burmese side of the border and houses people who have had to leave their homes in order to find a safer place to. The people there are totally dependant on support from Thailand. This includes food (Rice), basic medical care and education provision.
Our project provides some food supplements, toiletries and warm clothes for all the residents over the age of 75. When we began to support these people there were only 26 people in the category. Now there are 125. Every two months a boat takes the supplies in to the camp for these people.

Children of Migrant Workers

Many Burmese people find life so difficult that they will cross over the border to find work in Thailand. The town of Mae Sot has a very large number of such migrants, most of them living a very precarious existence working for low wages in factories and farms. A number of schools and some feeding programmes have been set up for the children of these workers. We are providing money for one of these run by Dr Jonathan. The school is called the Teak School and is now seen as one of the safe places for parents to leave their children. Jonathan provides medical care for the children and a daily lunch as he found that many were suffering from malnutrition.

Candlelight

Candlelight works with children with disabilities and their families who live along the Thai Burma border near Sangklaburi town to increase the quality of life. It provides physiotherapy, general support and advice and vocational training. Its aims are to help the person with a disability learn new skills and work towards more independent living. Candlelight helps families gain knowledge and skills to enable them to care confidently and appropriately. It also promotes acceptance and integration into the local community

 

The Sangklaburi Safe House

 www.sangklaburisafehouse.org

The Safe House is a community health residential facility and treatment clinic for displaced and stateless people who have health issues such as HIV/AIDS, Mental Health and terminal illnesses. The Sangklaburi Safe House was established in 1992 when migrant workers were routinely deported to the border. The increasing number of physically and mentally ill people were placed at the border with inadequate support. The Safe House took care of them until they were well enough to return to their families in Burma. Today people are deported directly to the Burmese authorities at the Three Pagoda Pass. Although the number of deportees admitted to The Safe House has declined in recent years the Safe House continues to support a number of residents with complex needs. Most of these people are stateless, many have no idea where they are from and would be unable to survive without the twenty-four hour support and care provided by the Safe House staff. Since the Safe House opened, over 1600 people have been able to return to an independent life. The staff facilitate the recovery journey with through the provision of support, food and medical care whilst empowering through education and providing opportunities for self sustainment and income provision. The Safe House focuses on vocational training in weaving, sewing, animal husbandry, brick making, market gardening, and crafts.

The Safe House has an adult care facility and an elderly care home. Karenaid pays for two workers to help the older people, and also supports the general running costs.

 

Foot Note

Early in 2012 The Safe House and Candlelight underwent changes in administration and now come under the management of Kwai River Christian Hospital. This will enable better use of resources and promote continuity and consistency of care. It is hoped to build a new facility for the Safe House on land near the hospital.