Field Visits of Friends of UNICEF for Thailand – Paula Taylor and NichkhunHorvejkul
BANGKOK, 24 April 2013 – Actress and model Paula Taylor and K-pop idolNichkhunHorvejkulhad never met each other in person before. But the two greeted each other excitedly before walking side by side into a room full of media at a Bangkok hotel ....
Breaking down language barriers in the deep south
NARATHIWAT, Thailand, January 2013 – The science class for Grade 2 students at the Thairath Wittaya 10 School is a lot more than just science. When their teacher asks them questions in the Pattani-Malay language about the different parts of a plant,
UNICEF 2012 Year in Review
It’s been another challenging year for UNICEF and its partners – responding to a wide range of humanitarian needs under less-than-ideal financial circumstances. But significant gains have been realized, particularly in the fight against disease and ...
A Chance for Change: young people from disadvantaged communities learn a trade
BANGKOK, 21 Janurary 2013 - At a university dormitory in Bangkok, 21 young people from disadvantaged communities line up to pull the name of a top hotel out of a bag. Behind them, teams of hotel staff in uniforms wait to meet their new apprentices...
Children affected by Thailand’s worst flooding speak out about their experiences
BANGKOK, November 6, 2012 – Natthasit Muangsawang, 11, is familiar with flooding, as his home is inundated almost every year during the rainy season. But after the massive floods of 2011 swept away his books, desk, toys and other belongings...
Reaching remote villages with technology
BAAN MAE TUEN, Thailand – September 2012 – Sumart Lima, a father of two small children in this small village nestled in the mist-shrouded highlands of Chiang Mai’s Om Koi District, thinks “people out there should know how we live and ...
Special Olympics Games -- different abilities, not disabilities
BANGKOK, September 2012 – After recording the second-longest distance in the long jump at the National Games earlier this year, Pichit Panachai, 17, told the event’s referee that he wasn’t finished yet. He then jumped again and again, leaving the...
Life in the hills without an education
Thanya Jateekoi, 9, is the middle child of an ethnic Lahu family living in remote Hua Pai village in the mountains of Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s most northwestern province.
Education – for some still an unattainable dream
Napakorn Jateekoi, who works side-by-side with his father every day tending to the rice paddy or labouring in his family’s blacksmith shop in a remote village in Mae Hong Son province, sometimes dreams about getting an education.
‘Our children are not for sale’ Jackie Chan makes his voice heard against trafficking
Yangon, Myanmar, July 2012 – the World famous film star, action hero and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan made a three-day visit to Myanmar early this month, rallying support to combat child trafficking.
BANGKOK, 2 July 2012 – Thailand has committed itself to an “AIDS Zero” focus in its continuing battle against the HIV/AIDS virus: zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and an end to stigma and discrimination against people living with or ..
The impact of parental migration on the children left behind and their caretakers
BURIRAM, Thailand, June 2012 - Each morning, the elderly women of this sleepy farming village hop on their motorcycles or plod along rural roads to drop off their grandchildren at the village pre-school or at the elementary school.
Helping children living and working on the streets in Thailand
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, March 2012 – When Poon* left home more than a year ago he loved his new-found freedom: no adults to answer to, no schools to attend and all the time in the world to hang out and have fun with his new friends on ...
Looking through the lens of children’s rights
AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, March 2012 – To many people, a Ministry of Education regulation that stipulates a specific hair length for female students in public schools may not appear worthy of discussion by a United Nations committee.
Love and Understanding Key to Helping Children Help Themselves
BANGKOK, 7 February 2012 - Valentine’s Day is a day for love and romance. It is a day when people express love in extraordinary ways. But it is children and young people who need love, and the understanding that naturally accompanies it, most of all.
Breastfeeding best to protect babies from illnesses during floods
AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, November 2011 – Sujira Imsamran gave birth just two days after being evacuated from her house in Ayutthaya Province, one of the areas hardest-hit by flooding. Despite the stress of being displaced and worrying about her baby’s...
Just the right amount: a new process of iodising salt in Thailand
BANGKOK, 24 October 2011 – Despite spending hours spraying and hand-mixing potassium iodate into some 500 kilograms of salt each day, Sho Maw, a 33-year-old worker at the Petchsakorn Salt Factory in Samut Sakorn Province, has never been certain...
UNICEF provides mosquito nets to protect evacuees from dengue fever
After losing their homes and in some cases loved ones to the Thai floods, families staying at the evacuation centre set up in Bang Krai Nok Temple in northern Bangkok now have something else to worry about – dengue fever.
Children find shelter from the Thai floods at a Bangkok temple
Forced to flee his home due to rising floodwaters and now living in a Buddhist temple serving as makeshift evacuation centre, 12-year-old Tang can somehow still find a reason to smile.
University assists flood-affected families in Bangkok
A tired mother Gaew is one of the thousands of people made homeless by Thailand’s devastating floods. She waits with her chubby five-month-old baby, Peem, outside a makeshift health clinic at Bangkok’s Phranakhon Rajabhat University.
Child-friendly spaces: comfort zones for children affected by floods
AYUTTHAYA, Thailand, October 31, 2011 – Kanitha Kaicharit, 10, spends more than an hour each day travelling to Ayutthaya City Hall with her grandmother in order to get the free food and water being distributed to flood-affected families.
Exile on main street
UNICEF took a group of popular Thai bloggers to see projects for marginalised children in Chiang Mai district. After visiting orchard schools in Fang, we returned to Chiang Mai itself to visit a drop-in centre for street children.
Fruits of labour
CHAING MAI, Thailand, 17 October 2011 - Last week, we took a group of Thai bloggers to UNICEF-supported projects for marginalised children in Chiang Mai district. After our visit to the orchard night school, we went to see a day school in the same area.
Many of Thailand’s fruit orchards are staffed by low-paid migrant workers, whose children rarely get to go to school. We visited UNICEF-supported orchard schools as part of a project to reach a wider audience by engaging 12 well-known Thai bloggers.
Making Breastfeeding Possible for Working Moms
SAMUT PRAKAN, 12 August 2011 - Every morning, Natnaree Kaewprakob breastfeeds her 14-month-old baby before going to work at a factory in Bangpu Industrial Estate. During the day, she expresses her breast milk a few times.
The Road Home
BANGKOK, 24 May 2011 - Fahan (not his real name) smiles as he jokes around with his friends at the Pak Kred Reception Home for Boys, which has served as his temporary home since March 2010. But those smiles due little to hide the deep sadness...
How would you like life to be for children in 2027?
BANGKOK, 3 May 2011 - When this question was posed to a group of young people at a forum 6 months ago, some initially appeared perplexed. Sixteen years is a long time.
Man U legend Byran Robson helping UNICEF in Bangkok
BANGKOK, 18 April 2011 - Manchester United legends Bryan Robson and Andrew Cole were in Bangkok earlier this month as part of a fundraising tour to help the Manchester United Foundation raise £1 million for UNICEF’s work for children worldwide..
BANGKOK, 6 March 11 - Read about how UNICEF Thailand is helping children living in Bangkok’s slum communities get an education.
Courage to live
KHON KAEN, Thailand, 8 February 2011 - How UNICEF Thailand is helping children living with HIV lead a meaningful life through art and drama.
Orchard schools branch out
CHIANG MAI, Thailand, November 2010 – Inside one of the many sprawling orange orchards that stretch across northern Chiang Mai’s Fang district near the border with Myanmar stands a simple, one-story building with a rough concrete floor...
Ensuring the 'first right' online
UDONTHANI, Thailand, July 2010 – Among the many things on the “to do” list of 30-year-old Namaoy Satrom, who the day before had given birth to a healthy baby girl at Udon Thani Provincial Hospital, was something she had never realized the importance...
Finding the way to full rehabilitation
SONGKHLA, Thailand, August 2010 – Abject poverty and domestic violence were daily realities for Somsak Chuchuykhom as he was growing up in the border province of Narhatiwat. Regarded as his family’s “bad and stupid” son, he was put to work at the age...
Thai children and youth with HIV among winners of 2010 Red Ribbon Award
BANGKOK, 22 July 2010 – The Youth Volunteer Group, a Thailand-based group of children and youth living with HIV, has won the 2010 Red Ribbon Award at the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna...
Training for troubled teens: A TV series on young offenders in Thailand
BANGKOK, 24 June 2010 - Carrying a rucksack, Sopon Poonkhum - in casual outfit - is reluctant to walk down the path in the rising afternoon temperature toward the office building of Ban Kanchanaphisek Juvenile Training Centre...
Parliamentarians discuss how to bolster children's rights
BANGKOK, Thailand, 6 April 2010 – More than 600 parliamentarians from over 120 countries gathered in Bangkok from 27 March to 1 April to discuss how to better realize children’s rights. The 122nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly addressed...