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.

13 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan diary: Mud and ruin in Tacloban

By Nonoy Fajardo, UNICEF Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Specialist

A boy displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban, Philippines

© UNICEF Philippines/2013/JMaitem 
TACOLBAN, Philippines, 13 November 2013 - I have been working on emergencies for more than 15 years now, and I seriously thought I had seen it all. But flying into Tacloban on Monday as part of a UN assessment team, I was in for a shock. As the plane taxied along the bare runway, I could see mud and ruin – only mud and ruin – where once there had been trees and buildings and all the normal signs of life.

Typhoon Haiyan diary: Aid is getting through

A child displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in an evacuation centre in Tacloban

© UNICEF Philippines/2013/JMaitem
It’s day four since Typhoon Haiyan hit, and the good news is aid is getting through. And I’m proud to say that UNICEF’s water and sanitation supplies – the aid category that we are leading on – are now in Tacloban, where they will help us avoid the much-feared outbreaks of typhus and cholera. Other agencies are leading on food, shelter and medicine.

12 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan diary: “There is nowhere to go”



By Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

In the Philippines, the devastation of a 'super typhoon' has left communities helpless, while the Government and relief groups struggle to mount aid operations.

29 October 2013

A rare gift that cannot be found elsewhere



Unicef’s Best Start campaign is promoting breastfeeding to mothers across Thailand and urging hospitals to stop accepting donations from infant formula companies, in a bid to boost the health of babies nationwide. Video courtesy of the Bangkok Post, by Jetjaras Na Ranong.

17 October 2013

Innovative project aims at helping young people living with HIV

This article was published in Bangkok Post newspaper on 15 October 2013. 

 
Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya
Photos and video by Metee Thuentap


PETCHBURI -- Kai* was born with HIV but did not know his status until he was 15. Depressed and unsure about his future, he sometimes threw away his antiretroviral (ARV) medicine pills, took them late or did not bother taking them at all. When his doctor asked whether he had taken his medicine on time, Kai would always answer “yes.”

02 October 2013

Paula Taylor meets children with disabilities



Photos by Metee Thuentap

Paula Taylor, Friend of UNICEF, attends a sports event for children who have intellectual disabilities in Chiang Mai. The event, organized by Special Olympics with support from UNICEF, provided some 400 children from northern Thailand who have intellectual disabilities a chance to play and demonstrate their courage.

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24 September 2013

Constructing a life inside the construction compound



Story Nattha Keenapan/ Video by Jingjai N.
BANGKOK, September 2013 – Inside a construction site for a luxurious Bangkok residential project stands a large sign which reads: “The good life begins with a home, a bright future starts with an education.” Behind the sign is an open-air classroom where the children of site’s mostly Cambodian construction workers now spend their days learning while their parents toil on the job.

07 August 2013

Story and video: FCB’s Messi and Pinto share football skills with children with disabilities to promote inclusion



Story by Nattha Keenapan
Video by Jingjai N.


BANGKOK, 7 August 2013 – Anurak Warit, a youth with learning disabilities, traveled nearly 700 kilometres from his hometown in northern Thailand to Bangkok for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of meeting FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Jose Manuel Pinto.

06 August 2013

FC Barcelona players meet children with disabilities



On the first day of FC Barcelona’s trip to Thailand, Lionel Messi and Jose Manuel Pinto spent the morning sharing football skills with children who have intellectual disabilities. UNICEF and FC Barcelona have a global partnership aimed at improving the lives of millions of children by providing them with the opportunity to receive an education, participate in sports and learn positive values such as inclusion.

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23 July 2013

Home and away: children with disabilities go to a Man Utd match

This article was first published in the Bangkok Post on 23 July 2013.

Pichit and other children respond to a near miss by Man Utd
© UNICEF Thailand/2013/Jingjai N.
Among the 60,000 football fans packing out Rajamangala National Stadium for a Manchester United football match last weekend were 36 children with intellectual disabilities. The atmosphere was buzzing. Many fans arrived in the club’s trademark shirts, waving balloons, scarves and banners.  The children, who were invited to the game by the Manchester United Foundation and UNICEF, had only seen the football stars on TV, and were among the most enthusiastic in the audience.

“It’s fun to be here,” Pichit Panachai, 17, said at half time. “This is my first time to be really here. It’s more exciting than watching on TV. I want to see number 18 [Ashley Young] score!”

24 April 2013

Field Visits of Friends of UNICEF for Thailand – Paula Taylor and Nichkhun Horvejkul



Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya/Video of Nichkhun Horvejkul by Jingjai N. /Video of Paula Taylor by Metee Thuentap and TV Munk

BANGKOK - Actress and model Paula Taylor and K-pop idol Nichkhun Horvejkulhad never met each other in person before. But the two greeted each other excitedly before walking side by side into a room full of media at a Bangkok hotel in early April to be introduced as the first “Friends of UNICEF” for UNICEF Thailand.

01 April 2013

Breaking down language barriers in the deep south



Story by Nattha Keenapan/Video by Jingjai N.

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on April 1, 2013)

NARATHIWAT, Thailand - The science class for Grade 2 students at the Thairath Wittaya 10 School is a lot more than just science. When their teacher asks them questions in the Pattani-Malay language about the different parts of a plant, the students readily respond in Thai.

Throughout the entire period, their conversation flows naturally back and forth between the two languages, and there are no signs of confusion among any of the students.

20 February 2013

UNICEF 2012 Year in Review



It’s been another challenging year for UNICEF and its partners – responding to a wide range of humanitarian needs under less-than-ideal financial circumstances. But significant gains have been realized, particularly in the fight against disease and child mortality.

19 February 2013

A Chance for Change: a video summary



Video by Jingjai N.

A  video about the two young girls who come to Bangkok last year to learn the hotel trade. The Youth Career Development Programme (YCDP), initiated by UNICEF and the Pan Pacific Hotel in 1995, provides a five-month hotel training course for disadvantaged young people. It teaches them work and life skills, and provides them with employment opportunities and security while reducing their risk of being trafficked or exploited.

‘A Chance for Change’ is a five-part reality TV series for YouTube.

18 February 2013

A Chance for Change episode 5: Graduation



Video by Jingjai N.

Two months away from graduation, Daojai is discouraged and wants to quit the programme. But in the end, she decides to stay and keep on trying. Urairat realizes she wants to become a chef. Find out what the future holds for these two girls at the end of their training.

‘A Chance for Change’ is a five-part reality TV series for YouTube.

11 February 2013

A Chance for Change episode 4: Life in Bangkok




Video by Jingjai N.
Daojai and Urairat had both visited Bangkok briefly but never lived there. Moving from their quiet hometowns to a big and chaotic city like Bangkok can be quite a culture shock. Watch how both girls adjust to life in Bangkok and how they spend their free time in the capital.

04 February 2013

A Chance for Change episode 3: Home visit



Video by Jingjai N.

Daojai and Urairat return home during the training course to visit their families in Petchabun and Nongkhai provinces. This episode portrays their lives and daily routine back home, and the hope their families hold for their children’s future.

‘A Chance for Change’ is a five-part reality TV series for YouTube.

28 January 2013

A Chance for Change episode 2: Hotel training



Video by Jingjai N.

Daojai and Urairat say they didn’t know how to do anything before joining the programme. Watch as they learn new skills and face new challenges during their training course at five-star hotels in the heart of Bangkok.

‘A Chance for Change’ is a five-part reality TV series for YouTube.

21 January 2013

A Chance for Change: young people from disadvantaged communities learn a trade



At a university dormitory in Bangkok, 21 young people from disadvantaged communities line up to pull the name of a top hotel out of a bag. Behind them, teams of hotel staff in uniforms wait to meet their new apprentices. For 20-year-old Daojai Saetor, a cabbage farmer from a Mon hill tribe village in Petchaburi province, it’s an exciting moment. She reaches in and pulls out a piece of paper saying ‘JW Marriot’ and her new life begins.