31 October 2011

Child-friendly spaces: comfort zones for children affected by floods

A girl hangs her drawing at the child-friendly space in Ayutthaya City Hall. Child-friendly spaces are designed to serve as safe and protective places for children in times of emergency. © UNICEF Thailand/2011/Piyanunt

By Nattha Keenapan

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand – Kanitha Kaicharit, 10, spends more than an hour each day travelling to Ayutthaya City Hall with her grandmother in order to get the free food and water being distributed to flood-affected families. After arriving, her grandmother rushes to the crowded food distribution tent, but Kanitha’s destination is a livelier area filled with laughing and playing children, all of whom are  affected by the floods.

24 October 2011

Just the right amount: a new process of iodising salt in Thailand

Sho Maw, a 33-year-old worker at the Petchsakorn Salt Factory in Samut Sakorn Province, spends hours each day spraying and hand-mixing potassium iodate into some 500 kilograms of salt. © UNICEF Thailand/2011/Athit Perawongmetha
Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on 24 October 2011)

BANGKOK – Despite spending hours spraying and hand-mixing potassium iodate into some 500 kilograms of salt each day, Sho Maw, a 33-year-old worker at the Petchsakorn Salt Factory in Samut Sakorn Province, has never been certain that each pack of iodized salt she has sold over the past few years contained the proper amount of iodine.

15 October 2011

Exile on main street

Four-year-old Tong makes a tie-dye t-shirt for sale in a gift shop.© UNICEF Thailand/2011/Andy Brown
Story Andy Brown

UNICEF i takes popular Thai bloggers to see a drop-in centre for street children in Chiang Mai

CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Last week, we took a group of popular Thai bloggers to see projects for marginalised children in Thailand’s Chiang Mai district. After two days visiting orchard schools in Fang (see part two of this blog), we returned to Chiang Mai itself to visit a drop-in centre for street children.

11 October 2011

Fruits of labour

A boy holds up an orange during a maths class at the orchard day school. © UNICEF Thailand/2011/Andy Brown

By Andy Brown

Day two of UNICEF Thailand’s bloggers trip to orchard schools for migrant children

CHAING MAI, Thailand - I was in Chiang Mai district last week, introducing a group of Thai bloggers to UNICEF-supported projects for marginalised children. After our visit to the orchard night school (see part one of this story), we went to see a day school in the same area.
We got up early and set off in our vans for an orange orchard outside Fang town.

10 October 2011

UNICEF takes popular bloggers to see an orchard night school for migrant children

Children at the orchard day school in Fang, Chiang Mai. © UNICEF Thailand/2011/Andy Brown

By Andy Brown

CHAING MAI, Thailand - Thailand is rightly famous for the quality of its fruit. The sois (small streets) where I live in Bangkok’s Aree neighbourhood are lined with stalls selling oranges, dragon fruit, mangos and whatever else is in season. The brightly coloured fruit is piled up on mobile trailers: fresh, plentiful and cheap. But this abundance comes at a price. As we discovered during a trip to Chiang Mai province in the north of the country, many of Thailand’s fruit orchards are staffed by low-paid migrant workers, whose children rarely get to go to school.