10 October 2008

Education in the hills

A student girl in Dongmafai classroom. UNICF helps bring school to hundreds of ethnic children living in the remote area of Thailand. © UNICEF/Thailand/2008/M.Thomas

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on October 9, 2008)

MAE HONG SON, Thailand – As the heavy morning mist begins to lift from the emerald green hills, small groups of children can be seen descending the steep and muddy footpaths that lead to this tiny hamlet in the rugged highlands of Mae Hong Son’s Khunyuam district. 

Most of the children come from the homes that dot Ban Mae Surin Noi’s hillsides or other nearby villages, but others have walked for kilometres, waking up well before dawn to start their journey. Their destination on this rain-swept morning is a simple but solid three-room structure with rough plank floors, partial bamboo walls and a tin roof.

12 August 2008

When breast is best!

Paveethida stores her milk in the breast milk bags. It can be kept in the freezer for 3 months.© UNICEF Thailand/2008/Athit Perawongmetha

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on August 12, 2008)

LAMPOON, Thailand -  Like most children her age, four-year-old Donut Wanmuang usually eats snacks after school. But unlike other children, her favorite snack is not meatballs, pork satays or fried potatoes – it is breast milk, fresh from her mother’s breast.

Donut has been breastfeeding since the day she was born. For the first six months of life, it was the only form of nourishment she had.  Today, in addition to eating a variety of other foods, she still regularly breastfeeds along with her one-year-old sister, Noonthip.

19 March 2008

10 March 2008

Ken Theeradej’s first mission was to UNICEF-supported projects in Krabi province

KRABI, Thailand - As a UNICEF Thailand Youth Ambassador, Ken Theeradej’s first mission was to UNICEF-supported projects in Krabi province, where he learned about UNICEF-supported efforts to improve the quality of education, thwart the spread of HIV/AIDS and establish community-based systems to monitor the well-being of children.

08 March 2008

Ann Thongprasom visited several UNICEF-supported projects in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai

CHIANG MAI, Thailand - On her first mission as a UNICEF Youth Ambassador, popular actress Ann Thongprasom visited several UNICEF-supported projects in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces in early March where she met children from ethnic minority communities, including stateless children and children living with HIV.

12 January 2008

Schools that work for children

Students at Ban Na Tung Klang School in Krabi province stand near new water supply tanks provided by UNICEF. © UNICEF-Thailand/2007/M. Thomas

By Nattha Keenapan
(The story was published in the Bangkok Post, Outlook on January 12, 2008)

Krabi, Thailand, January 2008 – Rojana*, a Grade 9 student at a secondary school in Krabi Province, started crying one recent day when her teachers asked her why she had joined the school’s Child Rights Club, surprising her teachers, friends and visitors to the school.

A weeping Rojana explained that she wanted to learn more about child rights “to protect myself in case something bad happens, because I feel unsafe living in the same house with my step-father.”