02 December 2010

Orchard schools branch out

Some 50 migrant children receive a primary education at an orange orchard in Chiang Mai's Fang district.  For many of the children, it is the only “school” they have ever known. © UNICEF Thailand/2010/M. Thomas

By Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in Outlook, Bangkok Post on December 2, 2010)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand – Inside one of the many sprawling orange orchards that stretch  across northern Chiang Mai’s Fang district near the border with Myanmar stands a simple, one-story building with a rough concrete floor, sticks of bamboo for walls and a thatch roof.  Once used by the orchard’s owner to store sacks of fertilizer and farm implements, it is now utilized for something much more precious and important – a place where migrant children can receive an education.

10 October 2010

Baby Bubbly: an exclusive breastfeeding cartoon (English version) .

Ensuring the 'first right' online

Susina Matiphan was registered at birth at Udon Thani Hospital
© UNICEF Thailand/2010/Athit Perawongmetha
Story by Nattha Keenapan 
(This story was published in Outlook, Bangkok Post on October 11, 2010)

UDONTHANI, Thailand – Among the many things on the “to do” list of 30-year-old Namaoy Satrom, who the day before had given birth to a healthy baby girl at Udon Thani Provincial Hospital, was something she had never realized the importance of before: registering her child’s birth.

“The nurse kept reminding me to register my baby at birth,” said Namaoy, an Udon Thani farmer. “I didn’t understand before that my child could miss out on many important things in life if she doesn’t have a birth certificate.”

29 September 2010

Some Voices You Never Hear

UNICEF Thailand has launched a 60-second public service announcement entitled "Some Voices You Never Hear", which covers several challenges facing children, including poverty, malnutrition, lack of educational opportunities, statelessness, neglect and abuse. The television spot is aimed at increasing public awareness of issues children face in their daily lives.

Open your heart to children. Listen to them...

17 August 2010

Finding the way to full rehabilitation

Somsak Chuchuykhom shows colorful drawings made by young offenders which depict hopes and plans of their futures.
© UNICEF Thailand/2010/Athit Perawongmetha

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on August 16, 2010)

SONGKHLA, Thailand – Abject poverty and domestic violence were daily realities for Somsak Chuchuykhom as he was growing up in the border province of Narhatiwat. Regarded as his family’s “bad and stupid” son, he was put to work at the age of 7 selling candy on the train at night.

From the start, the odds of Somsak making something out of his life were never very good. A poor student, and growing up in an abusive environment, Somsak started smoking marijuana at 13, and soon after moved on to methamphetamines. At 18, he was serving two years in a detention centre for the possession and sale of methamphetamines, and his future prospects looked grim.

24 June 2010

Training for troubled teens: A TV series on young offenders in Thailand

"After a Rainstorm", Phol is being chased by members of a rival school.© Photo courtesy of Dhamma Nawattakam Ltd.

Story by Sirinya Wattanasukchai

BANGKOK - Carrying a rucksack, Sopon Poonkhum - in casual outfit - is reluctant to walk down the path in the rising afternoon temperature toward the office building of Ban Kanchanaphisek Juvenile Training Centre. By his side is the counsellor whom he will have to spend many months with from now here at the training centre.

09 February 2010

Courage to live

Dab (far right) and his colleague perform mime for young patients at Srinagarind Hospital.© UNICEF Thailand/2011/Athit Perawongmetha
Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on February 8, 2011)

KHON KAEN, Thailand- The hectic scene in Srinagarind Hospital’s ward for children with chronic illnesses stopped briefly as two mime actors arrived for a performance. Many of the young patients in the ward, who suffer from debilitating pain due to various forms of cancer, slowly got off their beds and walked down the hall to secure seats for the performance, which is organized once a week for the children in the ward.