THAILAND

Type of mission

3-Step Humanitarian mission

  • Step 1: 4 – 11 October, 2017
  • Step 2: 1 – 11 April, 2018
  • [Step 3:  upcoming – October, 2018]

Where

Phetchabun

Partner organization 

Radion International

Art Therapists

Ara Parker and Nicha Leehacharoenkul

Beneficiaries 

  • 31 Hmong children with severe trauma
  • 5 RADION staff
Donor

Vandenborre Family

Background

The Hmong community are a socially marginalized ethnic minority, who largely inhabit the high mountainous Northern and Western regions of Thailand. The Hmong are believed to have been the original inhabitants of the Yellow River Valley in ancient China. The expansion of the neighboring Chinese from the north, caused a disruption in the Hmong culture and forced them to migrate southwards to Laos and Vietnam to escape oppression and persecution.

Greatly outnumbered, the Hmong suffered heavy casualties. The futile efforts to establish themselves as an independent people apart from the expanding Chinese led to their mass exodus further south of China, and eventually into Southeast Asia. Today, the Hmong are settled in the Thai Highlands, although some are found elsewhere within the country. Among the hill tribes, the Hmong are becoming well integrated into Thai society as well as being among the most successful.

The main objectives for this programme were the following:

  • Provide a safe space for the children;
  • Promote creative self-expression and emotional regulation through the arts;
  • Build cohesion through group activities;
  • Encourage respect, kindness and compassion among children.

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Type of mission

Humanitarian and trauma relief

Step 1: 10 – 19 October, 2014

Step 2: 6 – 15 May, 2015

Where

Chiang Mai

Partner organization

Radion, Chiang Mai “Streetkids Home" (shelter for children from the Hmong Thai village)

Art therapist

Citlyn Jiun Sarkar, Christine Tok

Beneficiaries 

17 teens (12-17 yo), 3 caregivers

Donor
Vandenborre Family

Background

To provide art therapy intervention to teens who are in rehabilitation due to physically abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse or severe neglect.

To identify and train the caregivers of the shelter to continue with therapeutic art with the teens.

To introduce visual journaling to the teens and caregivers.

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Our work here

Number of missions: 2

Global impact in Thailand: 

  • 48 direct beneficiaries (children & teenagers)
  • 8 caregivers (Train-the-Trainer)

Partners: 

 

Programmes: 3-Step humanitarian mission, Trauma relief