I have recently became involved with the Holland House Child-Watch Phuket Association in Phuket, Thailand. The Child-Watch Phuket Association was established in December 1995, as a legal non-government organization and it is run by the local community.
Their Objectives are:
To help children in Phuket from being abused
To assist children in Phuket systematically and professionally
To create awareness on children rights
To provide less-fortunate children with welfare, health care and basic education
Their Target Groups are:
Children at risk
Children in the sex industry
The Child-Watch operates 7programs, which includes:
Child Care Center – Child-Watch Phuket: A center for less-fortunate children.
The Baan Lung Pitak: A center for prisoner’s children
Baan Boon Pitak Program: Knowledge and Recreation Center
Case Follow-up Program: They assist and give advice to parents and children when they have to go through the legal system
Mobile Teaching Program: The project provides out-of-school education
Scholarship Program: Funding for scholarships for needy children in Phuket
Milk-powder Program: Assisting children who need supplementary food.
On the May 9th, 2013, I visited the Child-Watch Center in Phuket Town. There are about 30 children at the center during the day, with most coming from impoverished or troubled homes, and three of them are orphans who live at Holland House full time. The children’s ages range from 18 months to 6 years. Volunteers are welcome to come assist the Thai staff with the children. A volunteer’s time is spent reading to the children, helping with writing skills, and playing amongst the children.
The day starts off with some basic school work. The older children are taught the Thai alphabet, as well as the English one, and they also practice counting to ten in both languages. When the children have completed their daily schoolwork, they get together outside for some cool drinks and cookies. There are only 3 women on staff at the Child-Watch Center, so the volunteers are a great help to keep everyone in check.
At around 13:00 – the kids finish up with lunch and they all get ready for a shower.
By 2 o’clock they are all fast asleep, and it is time for the volunteers to quietly say good bye. I try to visit the Child-Watch Center once a week. These children light up your heart and it is impossible not to fall deeply in love with each one of them!! I speak a little bit of Thai, but it is still really hard to communicate with the children through language, but our smiles, laughter and love transcend our communication problems.
The Operations Budget come from donation boxes in various locations in town. The government and private sectors donate money. Child-Watch Phuket also organize the Pitak Dek Mini Marathon, which is a yearly fund-raising event. With all these projects in-hand, Child-Watch Phuket needs more financial support and they would appreciate your kind contribute.
If you wish to donate something to this Organization, you can do so by:
General Donation Account
Account Name: Child-Watch Phuket // Account No.: 102-2-55548-7
Bank Name: KASIKORN BANK // Bank Branch: Main Branch Phuket
S.W.I.F.T. Code: KASITHBK
Account Name: ALPS-CHILDWATCH // Account No.: 8190174339
Bank Name: Krung Thai Bank // Bank Branch: Rassada Road
S.W.I.F.T. Code: KRTHTHBK
– and send a copy of transfer to the office or inform them by phone of your donation.
Child-Watch Phuket Association
Rubber Technology Building, Prince of Songkla University, Kathu, Phuket, 83120
Telephone / Fax: 076-276396
Please visit Holland House’s website at: http://www.childwatchphuket.org/hollandhuis.htm if you want to volunteer or find out more about them.
For more pictures of these little ones at Child-Watch, please visit my photo gallery on my website HERE.