In Thailand right now, young hill-tribe children are being trafficked into prostitution. We have found that the best way to protect these children is to give them an education combined with support for their families in terms of basic staples such as rice and other essentials. This assistance is conditional on the family keeping the child in education. This approach works very well to prevent trafficking.
To provide education for a child and support for the family costs around $400 per year. This is a small price to pay for the life of a child.
The Grey Man organisation has worked with the Kid's Ark Foundation in the past and we are extremely impressed with the work that they do in providing education for hundreds of hill tribe children. As part of our prevention measures, we have partnered with Kid's Ark to support children in education in hill-tribe villages. To find out more about Kid’s Ark and the great work they are doing, please visit the Links page.
At the moment Grey Man supports 28 children in the Village of Baan Maey. This is not a traditional sponsorship arrangement. All money collected is pooled to aid these children and their families. So any donation will help these kids, without donors personally committing to the ongoing cost of one child. We also provide funds for school transport and currently send more than 100 hill-tribe kids to school on a daily basis. Our website will provide updates on how The Grey Man is helping to improve the lives of these children and their fellow villagers.
You can be a big part of this effort either by making a donation yourself or joining together with a group of 10 friends and contributing $40 each. This donation will put one of these children into education for a whole year. Any amount will help though so feel free to contribute what you can afford.
You CAN make a difference in the world ... starting with ONE child.