06 November 2012

Children affected by Thailand’s worst flooding speak out about their experiences

Story by Nattha Keenapan/ Video by Jingjai N.

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on November 8, 2012)

LOPBURI, Thailand - Natthasit Muangsawang, 11, is familiar with flooding, as his home  is  inundated almost every year during the rainy season. But after  the massive floods of 2011 swept away his books, desk, toys  and other belongings, he was given a chance to speak out about his own experience during the floods for the first time.

30 October 2012

Reaching remote villages with technology

National Statistical Office staff measure the height of children in Baan Mae Tuen village.
© UNICEF Thailand/2012/M. Thomas

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on October 30, 2012)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand - Sumart Lima, a father of two small children in this small village nestled in the mist-shrouded highlands of Chiang Mai’s Om  Koi District, thinks “people out there should know how we live and what our problems are.”

30 September 2012

Members of UNICEF National Committee visit ethnic children in Thailand

Video by Jingjai N.

MAE HONG SON, Thailand - Board members of UNICEF National Committee from Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan visit hill tribe schools in Thailand's northern province of Mae Hong Son in late September to learn about education for ethnic children in the remoted areas.

11 September 2012

Special Olympics Games: different abilities, not disabilities

Pichit Pannachai, 17, (middle) wins the Gold Medal for long jump competition at the
Special Olympics Games in Bangkok. © UNICEF Thailand/2012/Nattha Keenapan
Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on September 11, 2012)

BANGKOK, September 2012 – After recording the second-longest distance in the long jump at the National Games earlier this year, Pichit Panachai, 17, told the event’s referee that he wasn’t finished yet. He then jumped again and again, leaving the referee both dazed and confused.  

“It wasn’t that he cared so much about the result,” said Chaianuchit Rakkanjananon, Pichit's coach and a Physical Education instructor at the Suphan Buri’s Panyanukul School, a state-run boarding school for children with intellectual disabilities such as cognitive delay, down syndrome and autism. “He just wanted to do his best.”

Hill tribe children get an education

UNICEF is committed to getting all children into school regardless of their gender, social and economic status, or their ethnicity and religious beliefs. Since 2005, UNICEF Thailand has been supporting a project that provides ethnic hill tribe children in poor and remote rural areas of Mae Hong Son with access to a primary level education.

11 August 2012

Life in the hills without an education

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on August 13, 2012)

MAE HONG SON, Thailand - Thanya Jateekoi, 9, is the middle child of an ethnic Lahu family living in remote Hua Pai village in the mountains of Mae Hong Son, Thailand’s most northwestern province. While her older sister goes to school, Thanya has to stay at home to look after her younger brother and help with chores around the house.

Thanya’s father, Jamu, says he can only afford to send one of his children to school.

04 August 2012

Education – for some still an unattainable dream

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya

Napakorn Jateekoi, who works side-by-side with his father every day tending to the rice paddy or labouring in his family’s blacksmith shop in a remote village in Mae Hong Son province, sometimes dreams about getting an education.

But he doesn’t know if that dream will ever come true.

02 July 2012


Thailand is one of the first pilot countries to adopt the AIDS Zero plan.© UNICEF/Thailand/2006/Rob Few.

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya

BANGKOK – Thailand has committed itself to an “AIDS Zero” focus in its continuing battle against the HIV/AIDS virus: zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and an end to stigma and discrimination against people living with or affected by HIV by the end of 2016.

03 June 2012

The impact of parental migration on the children left behind and their caretakers

Yuan Wijitram, 66, watches television with her grandchildren in Buriram's Baan Tabek villalge. Yuan sometimes helps babysit her neighbours' grandchildren.© UNICEF Thailand/2012/Athit Perawongmetha

Story by Alisa Tang

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on July 23, 2012)

BURIRAM, Thailand, - Each morning, the elderly women of this sleepy farming village hop on their motorcycles or plod along rural roads to drop off their grandchildren at the village pre-school or at the elementary school. The women tuck a few coins into the children’s pockets for snacks, head home and then return in the afternoon to pick up their charges.

In this village – as in many parts of this northeastern Thai region known as Isaan – a majority of the children’s parents have left them behind for jobs in Thailand’s urban centers, leaving the grandparents – usually the maternal grandmother – to take care of their offspring.

01 May 2012

Helping children living and working on the streets in Thailand

Story Nattha Keenapan/Video by Jingjai N.

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on May 1, 2012)

CHIANG MAI, Thailand – When Poon* left home more than a year ago he loved his new-found freedom: no adults to answer to, no schools to attend and all the time in the world to hang out and have fun with his new friends on the streets of Thailand’s second largest city.

But Poon, now 10, quickly learned that life on the streets also meant sleeping on a filthy sidewalk in front of a 7-eleven store in the city’s red light district, a place that offered no protection from chilly night winds, mosquitoes, stray dogs and inebriated passers-by.

04 March 2012

Looking through the lens of children’s rights

Munlika Hutamai, 17, is committed to do what she can to help promote children's rights.© UNICEF/Thailand/2012/Nattha Keenapan

Story by Nattha Keenapan

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on May 18, 2012)

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand – To many people, a Ministry of Education regulation that  stipulates a specific hair length for female students in public schools may not appear worthy of discussion by a United Nations committee. But for 17-year-old Munlika Hutamai, who had a chance to voice her opinions about the rights of children in Thailand to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this year, the issue reflects what she sees as a major obstacle towards the realization of children’s rights in Thailand: the attitude of adults towards children.

19 February 2012

Let's Play Together: helping disadvantaged children get sports equipment

Videos by Jingjai N.

BANGKOK – Sansiri Plc., and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a social media campaign -- “Let’s Play Together” -- to promote children’s right to play and to provide sports equipment to disadvantaged children in Thailand.

14 February 2012

Love and understanding key to helping children help themselves

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya/Video by Jingjai N.

(The story was published in the Bangkok Post on the Valentine's Day 2012)

BANGKOK -  Valentine’s Day is a day for love and romance. It is a day when students put heart stickers on their friends’ uniforms, when lovers give each other red roses and presents, and when family members express their love in extraordinary ways. But it is children and young people who need love, and the understanding that naturally accompanies it, most of all.

01 February 2012

UNICEF Thailand's main achievements in 2011

All of these achievements are the results of cooperation between UNICEF Thailand and our partners including the government, NGOs, corporate partners, media, donors and supporters.