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SOS Children's Villages in Bangpoo
SOS Children’s Villages tries to strengthen local families by offering day-care for their children at the SOS Kindergarten. For poor families, especially for single parents, it is important to have a place where professionals look after their children. This enables parents to work and earn a living, without having to leave their children unattended.
Children whose families can no longer take care of them can find a loving home in one of the twelve SOS families. The children from the SOS families attend local schools or the SOS Kindergarten together with local children, which helps them become part of the community. This is important for their integration into society when they grow up.
SOS Children's Villages offers special programmes for young adults. They can live in a house at Samutprakarn while they attend vocational training or higher education. With the support of qualified counsellors, the young people develop perspectives for their future, learn to shoulder responsibility and increasingly make their own decisions. They are encouraged to develop team spirit and build up contacts with relatives and friends, as well as with the relevant authorities and potential employers.
A huge city with many children living and working in the streets
Bangkok is the largest city of Thailand. It is the nation's capital and main port. The problems it faces are typical of big cities: pollution, housing shortages and streets congested with traffic. Many children from poor families, often with a migration background, live and work in the streets of this city. These children come to Bangkok from the rural parts of Thailand or from neighbouring countries such as Cambodia in search of a better life – many of them without their families.
Children living in the streets or in one of the around 1,000 slum areas of Bangkok have to work to make a living or to help raise the family income. They beg or peddle small items in the streets. They work until late at night, and they frequently miss school because work takes precedence over their education. Many of them are not properly registered, so they are not entitled to health care or an education at all. Their situation makes them vulnerable to commercial and sexual exploitation, violence and abuse.
The country's first SOS Children's Village
After a visit to Austria, during which she learned about the organisation's work, Queen Sirikit decided to invite SOS Children's Villages into her country to help orphaned and abandoned children there. The fact that the city of Bangkok has the largest number of vulnerable children predisposed it to becoming home to the country's first SOS Children's Village. The first president of SOS Children's Villages Thailand donated the piece of land where the programme was set up. It is located in Bangpoo, one of the suburbs of Bangkok.
The SOS Kindergarten in Thailand are a fundamental building block for the early development needs including, intellectual and social skills for children.
|40 Kindergarten students
The SOS Children's Village in Thailand provides loving homes to orphaned and abandoned children
|114 Orphaned and Abandoned Children
The SOS Youth Facilities in Thailand provides youth with a loving environment where they learn to transition into independent living and to expand their education
|1 YOUTH FACILITIES
|27 Youths in our Care