Thailand has long been a destination for trafficking from surrounding countries, which has been exacerbated by its over-dependence on migrant labor. A recent estimate by the International Organization for Migration put the figure of Cambodian migrants at around 650,000, whereas the Cambodian Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights estimates the number to be closer to 2 million, of whom 20% are undocumented. This is in addition to numerous Thais migrating to Bangkok from Northern Thailand, and children from the surrounding countries of Myanmar and Laos.
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 2018, Peuan Peuan provided over 69,000 services to the children, youth and caregivers in it’s projects.
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.
Peuan Peuan implements ChildSafe Agent training, awareness raising campaigns, and the ChildSafe Hotline in Bangkok. During 2018 staff at 11 government shelters were trained and the shelters had Child Protection Policies put in place by the ChildSafe Thailand team.
- 3,246 children and family members directly worked with
- 851 children provided with access to education
Annual budget in 2018:
Number of staff:
- 448 soi saen sabai 8, Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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