Thailand is not a poor country, but millions of people still live in dire poverty. People travel to find work, girls are tempted or sometimes forced into the sex trade in Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya.
Thailand ranks 17th in the world 'league table' of HIV infections. Over 600,000 Thais are infected; many of these are young people and children.
Bee came to us aged 3, desperately ill with AIDS. Shingles attacked her face, leaving her badly scarred. But she's one of the brightest kids you'll meet. Now well because of anti-retroviral drugs, she's great at art, picks up foreign words really easily, and brilliant fun to be around.
Aged just 9, Lynn was kidnapped in the confusion of a motor accident in which her mother died, and set to work selling flowers late at night in the restaurants of Pattaya. During the days she was imprisoned and barely fed. Our outreach workers found her, and brought her to the orphanage. When her captors snatched her once more, this time from the school playground, this brave little girl escaped, came back to us, and then led the police straight to the criminal gang who had enslaved her.
Chenu (aged 14) wants to be a doctor or nurse. Chenu's mother died after stepping on a landmine, her father was killed by one of the many armies who vie for control of the Karen state in Burma. At the Hsa Thoo Lei school, where Chenu now lives, the younger children draw pictures of exploding bombs, people being shot, women and men at the end of soldiers' bayonets. By providing an education Hsa Thoo Lei gives them hope of a better life, we stand between them and the fulfilment of that hope.
My mum was washed out to sea," says Got, "I still miss her." Got (aged 12) and Fang (aged 13) now live with 70 other tsunami survivors at the Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage. Rotjana, the Thai woman who founded the orphanage emphasises how important the Thai Children's Trust support is. "My main concern," she says, "is to get food on the children's plates every day. You help me to do just that.
We stand between children and hunger, poverty, ill-health and death. Childhood should be a time of fun. The children we help are orphaned or abandoned, and without people like you would be destitute. You can give them a chance.
Over 4,000 children rely on us for
home, education and a future
Thailand has over 1.4 million orphans, many are unsupported.
Just £1 per day can care for a Thai child.
That's why we desperately need more sponsors. Please, if you can - Sponsor Today
In her own words, Thai Children's Trust supporter Virginia Yip explains why she supports our projects.
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