13 February 2018

A Vision for the Future: Reflections on children’s rights in the digital age

As a father, my wish is to see my child grow and strive, a wish shared by parents the world over. How can our children grow up happy and safe from harm and disease? Do they need fresh air, clean water, a beautiful environment, a harmonious family, a supportive society or a country that is rich and strong? I believe they need all of those, and more.

21 December 2017

Reading ambassadors promote reading in remote areas

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya / Video by Metee Thuentap / Photos by Jonas Gratzer

This story was published in Bangkok Post newspaper on 9 December 2017

MAE HONG SON, 8 December 2017 – In the playground of Khun Yuam Vitthaya School in Mae Hong Son province, Kittisak “Gao” Tianyut and his friends look cheerful yet determined. Kittisak has a story book in his hand, while his friends put paper puppets of colourful animals on their hands. They tell a story, make animal noises, and act out a scene.

25 September 2017

Swimming Saves Lives

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya
Photos and video by Metee Thuentap

This story was published in Bangkok Post newspaper on 23 September 2017

SAKON NAKHON, 25 September 2017 – When Nontakarn Tetngarmtuan was 5 years old, his hometown in Nonthaburi was flooded. He and his grandmother were out repairing a wooden bridge in his village when the boy fell into the water and nearly drowned.

24 July 2017

UNICEF helps flood-affected children and families recover from one emergency and prepare for others

Early childhood development centres in Nakhon Si Thammarat receives learning materials and toys from UNICEF

Story by Heamakarn Sricharatchanya

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 3 July 2017 – In January 2017, Southern Thailand experienced one of the worst floods to hit the country in 30 years, with more than 1 million people in 5,000 villages in 12 provinces affected.

As the water level peaked, UNICEF staff rushed to the hardest-hit areas to gather information on the situation of children and women. Based on that assessment, UNICEF provided 1.2 million baht to the local Holt Sahathai Foundation to provide around 430 impoverished families a cash grant of 1,200 baht for basic necessities. They also received school bags and school uniforms, including shoes and socks, so children can continue their studies.

30 April 2017

The first 1,000 days of life can change a child’s future!

By: Tanaporn Perapate

The first 1,000 days of a child’s life is the most critical period for building a strong foundation for age-appropriate development and ultimately helping that child reach their potential. Children who receive nurturing attention and quality care from parents or caregivers tend to have strong early learning readiness, eagerly embrace new learning experiences and establish important connections between their physical growth and their brain development. The first 1,000 days begins at conception and rolls through a child’s second year of life, during which it encompasses three stages: (1) pregnancy (the first 270 days), (2) infancy, from birth to 6 months of age (the first 180 days) and (3) toddlerhood, from 6 months to 2 years of age (the first 550 days).