response update. 16th June
We raised over £15,000 in the emergency appeal from kind and committed supporters in just a couple of weeks. Thank you on behalf of all the children for your generosity
Our programmes’ team spoke extensively with all our partners during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, and throughout the emergency appeal process. Understandably there were varying degrees of impact and each project has its own story to tell – from a significant reduction in food donations from the their local community, to being in forced lockdown as children and centres were instructed by local authorities to close their doors. The grant allocations were made after careful consideration of individual needs and in constant consultation with the partners.
Whilst the pandemic has not, mercifully, had any significant public health impact on our projects, or Thailand as a whole so far, the governments preventative measures have had significant impacts.
Key needs and concerns reported from all projects were:
- The need for emergency food, medicine and sanitation supplies.
- The social impact of the virus, including on the mental health of children and on staff
- The risk and anxiety of effects of a full Covid-19 outbreak – especially on weaker children.
Safe Child Thailand has been able to rapidly give grants to all of our partners who needed help, mostly for emergency food, medicine and sanitation supplies.
We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground as the lockdown eases in Thailand and help our partners keep children safe. Keep watching this space for updates.
Keeping children safe in Thailand
response update. 16th April
While the state of emergency imposed by the Royal Thai Government and restricted measures put in place are understandable, the effect on the poorest of communities is devastating.
The threat of the pandemic taking hold and overwhelming our communities is very real.
The immediate impact has been on the children in orphanages and stranded in boarding houses. The Coronavirus is an imminent and real threat to these children, who are struggling the most and need our support.
We are in close contact with all our partners and the message is consistent:
- Children are in great need
- There is a shortage of food and essential hygiene products
- The cost of food has risen significantly and
- There is just not enough money to feed and look after the children.
We will continue to keep you updated about our efforts to keep children safe in Thailand.
But today, our partners in Thailand need your help immediately. This is why we have launched an urgent Covid-19 appeal.
Together, we can help the children and their communities get through this critical stage of the deepening Covid-19 crisis.
Peter Bradley CEO
A message from Peter Bradley, CEO, Safe Child Thailand – 31st March
Thailand, along with the rest of the world, is facing an unprecedented crisis. The Covid-19 virus is dramatically affecting the lives of millions of people and the children of Thailand need additional support at this time. I would like to reassure you that the Safe Child Thailand team are focused and being responsive to this ongoing challenge. Our key priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of children and their families.
Our team is now working efficiently from home, our necessary resources are being accessed remotely and we are in daily contact with our Thai partners. We are being updated regularly on the Thai crisis to ensure we can best support children and their families within our projects. On the 26th March, the Thai Prime Minister imposed a state of emergency that will last at least a month. Just like the UK, there will be powers to impose curbs on everyday life to ensure public gatherings are restricted and social distancing is enforced.
The Safe Child Thailand team are committed to protecting and supporting children living in Thailand. As we work from home, I would like to assure you that we are doing all we can to support the work of our partners during this deepening crisis. Whilst we are unable to take telephone calls, all other forms of communication are accessible and we would be pleased to receive your emails via contact information on our website.
We will also be posting regular updates on our Social Media channels and website.
Please continue to support us in our coordinated efforts to help the most vulnerable of children stay safe.
The Safe Child Thailand team wish that you and your family stay healthy and strong in the days and weeks ahead.
Peter Bradley C.E.O.