WHERE WE WORK > THAILAND
Protecting Vulnerable Women and Children in Thailand
GST strives to protect the children and women against all forms of violence, abuse, neglect, harassment, assault, discrimination and exploitation. We are committed to provide a safe and healthy environment that fosters the children’s physical, intellectual, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development.
The 3 main programs in GST strategy are:
150 families of Myanmar origin working as informal workers in the seafood industry and construction sector. Almost all of the beneficiaries in the seafood industry live in overcrowded slums built on stilts above unclean still sea-waters. Those in the construction sector live in shanties built by the developers near the construction sites with unclean common community bathing areas and water sources.
The 150 families will be provided the following:
Phuket, Bangkok, Chiangmai, Nongkhai
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
COUNTRY BACKGROUND / OVERVIEW
Thailand’s population is 69.6 million. There are 4.9 million non-Thai individuals living/working in Thailand. 3.9 million are low-skilled workers from Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar; many have an irregular status. Approximately 470,000 persons reside in Northern regions, near the border of Myanmar. Members of hill tribes, are likely stateless or at risk. Tourism is the main source of foreign currency. 38.28 million tourists visited Thailand in 2018 and is ranked in the top 10 World travel destinations. China provides the largest percentage of tourists (27.5%). Thailand’s deep-rooted structural problems have many observers calling for Education System Reform. Border closures/lockdowns associated with the 2020 (COVID-19) pandemic have flattened Thailand’s tourist trade. Dips in tourist levels have created key economic weakness.
Facts and figures
14% of children of secondary-school age are not in school. The largest proportion of children not in school are from disadvantaged communities, migrants, or children living with a disability.*
40% of non-Thai children of primary-school entry age do not attend grade
1. 34% of non-Thai children of secondary-school age are not in secondary school
*from Unicef website: education
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