An update from Bell*

2017, October 30 – Remember the emergency cases from earlier this year?

“Bell* is 18 years old. Her parents died of HIV/AIDS when she was two years old. After that her grandmother and grandfather took care of her. Bell got pregnant at the age of fifteen and had to drop out after middle school because she had to raise her baby and try to find work to pay for their expenses. Bell wants to be able to provide for her son, to buy clothes, food, etc. and she wants to go back to school to continue her education.” (*Name changed for anonymity, story published with permission)

Since February, Bell has received ฿10,000 ($299 or £225), and Center for Girls has visited her five times, to see how Bell and her baby are progressing. Some good news: Although Bell does not yet have enough money to go to school, she got a job working on a tour bus. Bell uses the money she receives to buy milk and clothes for her baby, and is in the process of moving to a newer, safer location for her and her baby.

When someone is vulnerable, abandoned, abused, or trafficked, they can easily slip through the net of the authorities here – especially if local people are not educated on their legal rights. That’s why Center for Girls works to educate local people, with long term goals in mind. One of the important building blocks of our projects is creating sustainable networks in the community to look out for signs of abuse, trafficking, or otherwise vulnerable people, and help them access the services they need. Now, thanks to these networks and to our supporters all over the globe, these families receive a little emergency relief.

This year Center for Girls passed on your cash donations and items amounting to THB 41,000.00 (approximately $1,325 or £929). But – there are many more people waiting, and there is so much more we can achieve together.

In total, Center for Girls aims to raise THB 323,000 of which 100 percent will directly go to the emergency cases. Please click here to make a difference.

Please give generously. What might seem like a small amount to you can really go a long way here. In Chiang Khong minimum wage is THB 300 per day ($9 or £6.80) and even this small sum is rarely enforced. Laborers and agricultural workers are lucky to make half of that in one day, and that’s if they are fit, healthy enough to work, and are not restricted to staying at home to provide care for their children. For those who are less fortunate, Center for Girls will continue to build networks.

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