Thailand has long been a destination for trafficking from surrounding countries, which has been exacerbated by its over-dependence on migrant labor. It is estimated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) that there are currently 250,000 Cambodian migrants in Thailand, 130,000 of whom are undocumented, and 15,000 of whom are children. This is in addition to numerous Thais migrating to Bangkok from Northern Thailand, and children from the surrounding countries of Myanmar and Laos.

OUR WORK

A social support program for children and families in Bangkok and at the Thai-Cambodia border, Peuan Peuan (“Friends” in Thai), addresses the obstacles of youth unemployment, unsafe migration, child abuse, and lack of access to services. In 2015, Peuan Peuan assisted 5,264 children, youth and caregivers.

SOCIAL SERVICES

Peuan Peuan implements a program of mobile social support and comprehensive social reintegration services. The program works in Bangkok and on both sides of the Thai-Cambodia border (Aranyaprathet and Poipet). In Bangkok, Peuan Peuan conducts mobile services in four slum communities and 10 street areas. Recognizing that many marginalized children are also migrants, the program works to protect the rights of children in seven government transit and detention centers in Bangkok and with child migrants working along the border. Peuan Peuan coordinates between both locations and with partners in Cambodian and Thailand, to make sure separated children are safely reunited with their families.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Peuan Peuan currently operates the following social businesses:

  • Vocational training restaurant, Khanun
  • Friends ‘N’ Stuff fair trade gift shops

CHILDSAFE MOVEMENT

Peuan Peuan implements ChildSafe Agent training, awareness raising campaigns, and a ChildSafe Hotlines in Bangkok and the Thai-Cambodia border. In 2015, the program maintained a network of 138 Agents and responded to over 1,100 Hotline cases.

QUICK FACTS

In 2016:

  • 1,775 children and youth worked with
  • 602 children provided education

Annual budget in 2015:

$483,000

Number of staff:

26

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