Tak Programme Unit
Area: 6,334 sq. km
Targeted areas: 3 districts
Sponsored children: 5,000
Located in the north of Thailand, Plan’s Tak programme unit is bordered by Laos to the east and Myanmar to the north.
Plan works in 3 areas here: Mae-sot, Mae-lamad and Prob-pha districts. The climate is rather cool in the winter and very hot and humid in the summer season.
Promoting child rights
In Tak, Plan Thailand is raising people’s awareness of issues that affect children’s lives. We are providing youth with opportunities to participate in activities that teach them how to access and protect their rights from exploitation. The establishment of youth forums is encouraging them to raise their voices on social issues.
“The programme opened up an opportunity for us to discuss issues that continuously shape our behaviour and this will affect our lives in a good way,” said Patacharee, age 14.
HIV and AIDS support
The HIV and AIDS programme focuses on 2 areas: strengthening the local health system to reach the most at-risk populations, such as hill tribes and children affected by HIV and AIDS, and providing knowledge to students on HIV and AIDS prevention.
Networks of people living with HIV work with core youth groups to reach students with HIV and AIDS knowledge and prevention.
Training and workshops are held for people living with HIV and AIDS. Home visits by group leaders and counsellors, and vocational training are helping group members.
“I’m glad to have joined this family camp because I could meet with people,” said 10-year-old Tanyalak. “My parents have passed away but at least I have relatives and friends who understand me.”
Plan Thailand has also provided educational funds for 60 children aged 6 to 18 infected or affected by HIV.
Plan is working in Tak province to provide Directly Observed Treatment (DOT) implementation to 89 TB patients who are hill tribes and migrants. Plan is able to reach TB migrant patients for treatment in the northern part of Thailand.
The lack of birth in Thailand registration creates a barrier to important social services, such as healthcare and education. Children without legal status are at greater risk of being exploited through trafficking, kidnapping, forced labour or sexual servitude.
Workshops and training sessions showed stateless children how to prepare documents for identification and how to pursue their rights under the Nationality Law.
“Before this I dared not dream that I could be Thai like other children. After attending the legal clinic project’s training, I have hope and information to share with my friends,” said a participant.
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