Chiang Mai Family Services, Chiang Mai, Thailand
"We work in the famous Golden Triangle area of Thailand", shares Sally Nentwig of Chiang Mai Family Services. "A large percentage of the world drug supply comes from or through this area. It is essentially a farming area populated by families who can usually manage to grow enough to eat but who have very little else for other necessities of life. Many of them are either forced or choose to engage in the drug or flesh trades.”
The young women from the area are considered some of the most beautiful because of their fair skin which is prized in Asian countries. Those who find themselves in the flesh trade return home when they are ill with HIV/AIDS. Some keep this a secret and then pass on the disease to their new partners. This in turn affects the children and youth of this area drastically.
"Our English language program offers the opportunity for a way out of this cycle as it greatly enhances their occupational choices. With the help of a grant from FCF we have been hosting an ongoing series of 2-day camps at schools throughout the Golden Triangle, focusing on teaching English skills as well as drug prevention classes.
"In most of these schools, 80% of the students are either orphans or have at least one parent in prison serving a long sentence. Or if their parents are alive, they often work away from home leaving the children with grandparents who struggle to meet their needs. Suffice it to say, a lot of the students we teach are in an ‘at risk’ category and desperately need help and training to secure a better future."
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