Siam Care Family Based Care

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Here is an example of just how much $5USD can help. Huge difference. No cost.

Food is important for good health; $5 can buy eggs and fish for a family.

Siam-Care believes that children, our most defenseless demographic, are often affected most for reasons in which they were uninvolved. Parents who suffered from HIV/AIDS often leave children orphaned, many of who carry the disease themselves. Grandparents, who should be receiving their own care, struggle to raise children of a completely different generation. And even if the parents are still living and healthy enough to care for their children, the financial, emotional, and social weight of HIV/AIDS is often too overwhelming. 

Homecare
Siam-Care believes the heart and strength of its efforts lie in homecare. This project began as a long-term support system for families and children. Siam-Care enables HIV-affected and disadvantaged families, as well as the broader community to reside in accepting and risk free environments. 

Siam-Care provides the following services in its holistic homecare approach:
- Essential items and goods such as: clothing, nutritious food, and household necessities
- Emotional support in the form of friendship, counseling, advocacy, and educator
- Job training and skills
- Peer support through camps and focus group meetings 
- Community and family intervention
- Start-up loans and financial assistance
- Medication, nutritional supplements, and ARV management
- HIV/AIDS education through focus groups, community activities, and school partnerships
- Through prayer, Bible study, and encouragement, Siam-Care offers peace and hope

Prison Outreach
The Thai prison system fosters despairing circumstances and remains a vulnerable place for HIV/AIDS transmission. Siam-Care received authorization in 2007 to dedicate a team twice a month to Bangkok’s prison hospital. Both the male and female wards are visited, allowing Siam-Care the opportunity to:
- Befriend HIV-positive patients
- Offer counseling, encouragement, and advice
- Rebuild or strengthen contact between inmates and their family members
- Conduct HIV/AIDS awareness sessions for all patients
- Assimilate patients who are released back into society
- Provide homecare support to prisoners’ families

Through its prison outreach, Siam-Care offers hope and love to some of Thailand’s most injured and lonely souls.

Women's Craft Group
Siam-Care provides women with no other means of employment the opportunity to earn a living. Women undergo training to make and sell handmade crafts throughout Thailand. Siam-Care purchases the crafts and jewelry to sell at events, fairs, and shops.

The handicraft program is central to Siam-Care’s philosophy of helping adults living with HIV/AIDS become financial self-reliant. This is also a way to encourage mental and emotional stability for those struggling to secure an active role in the community. The women participating in the craft group are able to work from home, and can support other women who face similar difficulties.

Workshops and Training
Education is Siam-Care’s strongest defense against the stigmas and fears associated with HIV/AIDS. Raising awareness and understanding of the virus and those affected by it will ultimately equip individuals to make informed decisions and steer clear of segregation. Siam-Care has committed to reaching youth, families, communities, schools, and churches through the following methods:

Materials and Teacher Training
Siam-Care has developed and translated a multitude of materials for teachers to incorporate in the classroom. Siam-Care also invests in the training of teachers in the northeast provinces, surrounding areas, and Laos. 
- A 16-part sex education and life skills curriculum for high school students.
- A 12-part curriculum for primary school students based on Siam-Care’s book, “There’s a Dragon in Brenda’s Blood”.
- Numerous translations of the “Good Boy” and “Good Daughter” teaching series on child protection, and “AIDS and You”.

Youth Work 
Siam-Care organizes camps and events to train youth in leadership and peer counseling, HIV/AIDS awareness, child protection, and life-skills. Participants of these activities are able to reach and organize families, friends, and communities that Siam-Care staff cannot.

Community Education 
Siam-Care regularly holds sessions on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, life-skills, and child protection within the communities of its cases. District leaders are also invited to participate in leadership training opportunities, and share their newfound insight with community members through organized activities.  

Church Outreach
Siam-Care works with local churches involved in the Siam-Care project areas. Church leaders undergo training on HIV/AIDS, sexual education, and child protection. It is critical for the church to define its role in helping the poverty stricken and HIV/AIDS affected families and individuals in its reach. Church members are also encouraged to take part in Siam-Care’s outreach and remember the children and families in prayer.

HIV/AIDS IN THAILAND
It was not until 1984 that the first HIV/AIDS case was reported in Thailand. Previous instances were predominantly restricted to sex workers, homosexuals, drug users, and tourists, but from 1988 to 1989 HIV/AIDS began saturating an entire country. From the infected commercial sex workers and drug users, HIV/AIDS spread through the general public, affecting husbands, wives, and unborn children. 

Anand Panyarachun took power in 1991 as Thailand’s Prime Minister. Among other programs aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS, Panyarachun launched a 100 percent condom initiative that provided brothels with free condoms and required client usage. Government spending for HIV/AIDS jumped from $180,000 to $44 million, and the National AIDS Program received a substantial increase in funding through 1996. At the peak of the government’s AIDS-prevention campaign, major steps were taken to raise awareness within all sects of the population.

A financial crisis in the late 90s triggered retractions in funding, with effects still hindering external support today. Much of the world perceives Thailand as a developed country and therefore offers little assistance to some of the neediest people in the world. Because the Thai government produces generic drugs, antiretroviral drugs have been offered free since 2003 to all Thai citizens. This has dramatically improved the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS, but Siam-Care is dedicated to initial prevention.

 

Good nutrition builds up the immune system and helps fight disease. It gives energy to a child so she can attend school and to the elderly to care for the children. Just $5 can feed a (grand) mother and child for a couple of days with nutritious foods.

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