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For Life exists to bring life and lasting change to disabled children in Thailand. We work with our partner charity Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities (CCD) in Thailand to transform the lives of hundreds of children over three provinces in Thailand.

Our objectives are:

1. To provide financial aid for the disabled and abandoned children in Thailand

2. To raise awareness of the rights of disabled children in Thailand and to advocate for equality and inclusion

3. To screen and train professional volunteers to work with children and families in Thailand

 

How we do this

CCD and For Life achieve these objectives in the following ways:

1. We run Day Care centres in the government institutions of Pakkred, Nonthaburi. In these institutions there are hundreds of children who have been abandoned due to poverty, cultural intolerance, neglect and lack of social welfare.  These children are suffering the consequences of neglect and social institutionalisation. Each of the ‘wards’ has just 2-3 caregivers who only have enough time to feed, change nappies and give quick showers to the dozens of children in their charge. As a result the children are severely malnourished and exist without stimulation, education, healthcare or hope.

We run day care centres in these homes, which are places of love, fun, stimulation and education. Each one of our centres is bright, colourful, full of games and excitement, but also places where the children can receive basic medical care, hygiene training, physiotherapy and occupational therapy according to their needs. We work with children with a massive range of disabilities from minor disabilities such as cleft pallets and missing limbs, to severe Cerebral Palsey or Dystonia, right through to Autism and other behavioural disabilities.

2. Rainbow House is a purpose-built, specialist residential home for up to 20 children with disabilities. We seek to reunite them with their families and, where this is not possible, help prepare them for foster care or adoption to enable them to have a second chance in life.

3. Through Community-Based Rehabilitation we work in some of the poorest communities of Thailand, supporting families of disabled children. We provide financial help, access to free physiotherapy, occupational therapy and specialist advice at our centres, as well as conducting home visits and parent empowerment workshops. We also work in schools and village groups to raise the general awareness of disability and helping to integrate children  into mainstream society.

4. We are developing Vocational Training for our teenagers and young adults to increase their independence, employability, and chances of integrating into society. CCD has plans to build a new vocational training centre and independent living home opposite Rainbow House, and have already bought the land to do this. In the meanwhile, we run several assisted living homes in rented houses for our young adults including Vision House. Here our teenagers and young adults can learn vital life skills such as cooking, budgeting, home skills, how to travel round and gain independence in wider society. CCD have also facilitated several advertising campaigns designed to reduce stigma surrounding disability and empower disabled people in communities.