10 April 2014

Challenges of the private sector in giving back to society unconditionally

Sretta Thavisin, President of Sansiri Plc., visits a classroom near Faida informal tented settlement in Lebanon.
© UNICEF Thailand/2014/Napat Phisanbut

 Observation from the field by Srettha Thavisin, President of Sansiri Plc.

(Srettha Thavisin and his team visited UNICEF-supported projects in Lebanon in February 2014 to learn about UNICEF assistance to refugee children affected by Syrian conflict. Sansiri Plc, is one of UNICEF's major corporate partners. This article, translated from the original version in Thai language, was written by Srettha and published in Post Today newspaper on Tuesday April 1, 2014).

About two years ago I wrote about my view on the practice of corporate sector responsibility (CSR), which I think all of us, the private sector in particular, should change.  In the article, I noted the reason why: there are still so many social and economic problems facing mankind today because we are still attached to a ‘stereotyped” view of CSR.

12 March 2014

Children remain victims of violence in the deep south

Children stand in the doorway of a burned out classrooms at their school in Yala Province in 2008. © UNICEFThailand/2008/Athit Perawongmetha
PATTANI, Thailand, 11 March 2014 – As violence in Thailand’s southernmost provinces continues to escalate, child experts are voicing concern on the well being of children living there, saying many children who have experienced violence lack appropriate physical and psychosocial care.

Special Olympics for children with intellectual disabilities


Video by Jingjai N.

A video about sports activities for children with intellectual disabilities organized by Special Olympics Thailand with support from UNICEF. The video shows that children with intellectual disabilities can live a meaningful life if given the opportunity.

17 February 2014

Providing education for migrant children requires cooperation from everyone

Migrant children at a UNICEF-supported orange orchard school in Chiang Mai's Fang district. © UNICEF Thailand/2010/M. Thomas

By Patima Klinsong

CHIANG MAI, Thailand, 17 February 2014 – More than 130 education experts and businessmen gathered in Chiang Mai last week to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation on promoting more education opportunities for migrant children.

23 December 2013

Fighting water poisoning in the womb

Three generations of people living in Mae Toen village, Lampang province, have been blighted by iodine deficiency, resulting from water contamination caused by a local fluoride mine. Unicef’s Best Start campaign is attempting to stop the next generation from suffering the same fate. Video courtesy of the Bangkok Post by Jetjaras Na Ranong.

10 December 2013

Moving Moments

This article was published in Bangkok Post newspaper on 19 November 2013.

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya
Photos and video by Metee Thuentap

Charnchai Khemkaew was born with physical and intellectual disabilities. When he was a child, his friends mocked him for his slurred speech, slow responses and abnormal walk, while neighbours told his mother she would have to take care of him for the rest of her life.
His mother, Boonhome, could only cry upon hearing these remarks.

02 December 2013

Children and adolescents living with HIV bear stigma

This article was published in Bangkok Post newspaper on 30 November 2013.

Mix (not her real name), a transgender adolescent who was born with HIV, grew up feeling unwanted by her family.
Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya
Photos by Metee Thuentap

Unlike many children who have fond memories of their childhoods, Mix*, a transgender adolescent who was born with HIV, said the early part of her life was one of her saddest times.

22 November 2013

Getting to zero: young people set the agenda at AIDS congress

A migrant worker activist shares a joke with the HIV virus on the parade
© UNICEF EAPRO/2013/Andy Brown
I’ve been to many international conferences in my time and the word ‘fun’ doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), held in Bangkok this week, really was fun. This was largely because of the enthusiastic participation of young people and HIV activists from around the region.

21 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Diary: Rising from the rubble

by Nonoy Fajardo, Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Specialist, UNICEF Philippines

I arrived in Tacloban two days after Typhoon Yolanda hit the city to do initial assessment together with a UN assessment team. Despite all the destruction and sadness around us, I saw some ray of hope.

20 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Diary: From the field in Tanauan

A woman cradles her baby amid the debris of Super Typhoon Haiyan  © UNICEF/2013/Maitem
Today, I drove with a UNICEF team out of Tacloban, which I'm sure you've heard of. It's the city of +200,000 people that was leveled by super typhoon Haiyan and from where most of the world's media have been reporting.