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The 2nd Phase of the Capacity Building Program for Local Child Protection Officers in Sub-District Levels in Thailand

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For over 35 years, CPCR has rescued children who are victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation. CPCR also implements many child & family development programs for everyone in the society. CPCR wants children to live happily and well-protected. Then, CPCR encourages all adults in the communities to provide safeguarding and make their areas safe for children. For the last 2 years, there is one program that CPCR has worked with the Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and UNICEF. It is ‘the Capacity Building Program for Local Child Protection Officers in Sub-District Levels in 10 Provinces’. The program has completed and gained a lot of compliments and accomplishment. CPCR also summarizes the program. ‘The Child Guard: You Can Do It’ is a handbook that describes how people can rescue child victim of abuse, neglect and exploitation in their own areas. Now the 2nd phrase of the capacity building program has continues and expanded to new sub-districts areas. New 11 provinces are selected to join the program. CPCR would like to thank you with the Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, and UNICEF for their supports.

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‘Feeling ‘YES’, Feeling ‘NO’, a Sex Education Program for Young Children

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November 26th, CPCR Child Guard – a group of volunteer – travels to Wat Bungkhum School in Suphanburi Province to conduct a child & family development activity. Feeling ‘YES’, Feeling ‘NO’ is a sex education program that the Child Guard educates children to survive in a risky situation. CPCR Executive Director, Ms. Wassana Kaonoparat also joins the training. She leads the Child Guard to support students from Wat Bungkhum School of how to avoid, refuse and ask for help in sexual abused situation. This regional training is another program that CPCR wants to promote people in the society to help each other. Everyone in the society can be the ‘the Child Guard’.

After the training, the Child Guard presents child & family learning tools and donates necessities for Wat Bungkhum School. The learning tools are produced from recycled products by CPCR volunteer. The donation is also from the general public who supports CPCR program.15194325_358702211157779_1788045906610072823_o 15252591_358704927824174_1900855447894499018_o

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‘CPCR Fundraising Event – Thet Mahachat’

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August 28th, in cooperation with the Buddhist Association of Thailand and Thammasapa Banluetham Company, CPCR conducts a fundraising event – ‘Thet Mahachat to Assist Child Victims of Abuse’. Thet Mahachat is a Buddhist Ceremony that gathers Buddhists to listen a chanting by monks. 14 chapters of chanting tell the story of Prince Vessanatara who has perfected himself with the highest and noblest virtue in a human life. In each chapter, people donate money to support the ceremony. This fundraising event, CPCR adopts a technique from the Buddhist Ceremony and asks religion organizations to support the event. At the end, all people donate all money to assist child victims of abuse with CPCR. The ceremony receives a positive feedback and CPCR can raise money approximate 1.7 million THB. CPCR would like to thank you all donors for their generosity.

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CPCR: “The Child Guard campaign”

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The Child Guard’ is a campaign that CPCR has been introduced since January 2016 by inviting a general public to voluntarily providing a safeguarding for children. The program also aims to develop child rearing skills and basic children rights according to UNCRC. After the program has been launched, it received a positive feedback from many sectors and set a wake up call to build a caring society for children. To emphasize the program objective, July 9th, CPCR conducts an event of ‘Assembling the Child Guard: You Can Do It’ at Esplanade Cineplex Ngamwongwan Khae-rai by inviting many partners and volunteers who have the same goal. For example, Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Center, Ramathibodi Hospital, conducts a ‘Road Safety for Children Workshop’. Many volunteers make DIY teaching tools such as English alphabets game box and delivery to children from 10 Child Protection Communities both in Bangkok and regional areas. There is also a seminar by CPCR President, CPCR Executive Director and representatives from Ramathibodi Hospital and Ministry of Public Health who acknowledge the idea of ‘the Child Guard’. There are many famous people such TV spokespersons and celebrities also share their experiences of how to be the Child Guard. The event ends with a unique closing ceremony – Planting the Child Guard Seeds. CPCR now wakes up the spirit of the Child Guard inside everyone because CPCR believes that everyone can be ‘the Child Guard’.

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Partage Vietnam – Friendly Library at Chau Dien secondary school Opening Ceremony

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Following “Save the kids, Preserve the future” project implemented by PVN at Chau Dien Secondary School, Cau Ke commune, Tra Vinh province, setting up Friendly Library is one activities of the project to create a friendly learning environment for students in the project area.

According to PVN’s initial investigation, students at Chau Dien secondary school dreamed of a library to read books and search information on the internet. After determined effort, a friendly library funded by British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) and supported by Partage Vietnam has fulfilled their dream. Students were so excited to enjoy books and practice computers on the opening day. An opening ceremony of the library was formally organized with participation of authority staff, PVN, teachers, parents and students. At the ceremony, teachers and parents at Chau Dien secondary school also signed on a commitment banner to promise to respect and exercise the rights of their students and children.

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HSF: What did our children do during their most recent school summer holidays?

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09Children here in Thailand have their school summer holidays for 2 months and a half from early March until mid May.  As usual, it is a long school break that every child anxiously looks forward to.  For the children HSF works with under our Family Rehabilitation & Family Preservation Program at Nakhon branch office, of whom around 600 of them are under HSF educational support, the social workers always encourage them to spend quality time during their school holidays on purposefully planned activities either the ones organized by HSF or others of their own interests.  In order for our colleagues working with children in other countries to get some ideas on what the children in Southern Thailand do during their school holidays, let us share with you some of the activities our children did during the most recent school summer holidays.

11This is what nud; 15, wrote on his diary: “Hello, my name is Nud.  I am a youth volunteer at HSF Learning Center for Children & Families in Tasala.  During this school summer holidays, I attended a training program on Potential Development of the Core Volunteers on Prevention, Warning & Rehabilitation of the Community in Crisis from Disaster for 7 days and 6 nights.  I learned about growing vegetables under the concept of sufficiency economy and practicing living in crisis.  I was very excited to practice on rock climbing, swimming across an island and living on an island with no facilities.  There were 2 activities that impressed me the most.  Firstly, it was to swim across the island.  Since I am not good at swimming, I had to swim about 500 meters to the island but I could swim only half way and reach the shore with help of my friends.  Secondly, it was the first aid on a case of a broken leg that I learned the basic treatment, which could apply to do at home.  For this training, I thought it was very useful.  I could spend useful times during school holidays. It created a rewarding experience in my lifetime, which could not find in the classroom.”  

“Our Water, Our Life”  HSF organized a field trip for a number of 20 children under our educational support from Ban Sa Bua, which is a fishing community in Tasala District, to Ban Khiriwong in Lan Saka District.  Khiriwong is the community on the mountain about 45 km far.  The children learned the way of life of Ban Khiriwong, the headwaters community with plentiful resources of forests and orchards.  Ban Khiriwong has been very well-known for the strengths of their villagers in helping to conserve the waterway that feeds them throughout the year. They gain an income from their fruit orchards as well as live a simple life according to the concept of sufficiency economy.  The children could gain knowledge of the importance of the waterway from upstream in the mountain to downstream in the village.  They were inspired to help caring for the nature because the water resource is a part of life.

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Benefits from the vegetable garden

Pak-bung and Kung-nang aged 11 years are twin sisters going up to 5th grade this new school year.  After school and at weekends, both help their mother selling vegetables at the market.  When they were studying in the 4th grade, the parents started giving them some extra money in addition to their daily pocket money for their help on selling the vegetables.  Since then, the girls have had savings in a bank.  Both want to earn money on their own.  Pak-bung said, “I will try to have savings up to 5,000 baht before finishing the 6th grade.”  Kung-nang said, “I want to have a lot of money in order to be able to study in the high level”.  Both sisters are members of HSF’s Kids Love Plants’ Club. During school holidays, they began growing young plants for selling such as eggplant and chili, etc.  Their grandfather raises cows so the children can also have manure for selling at 40-50 baht per a sack.  Their mother said, “I am very proud that my children developed the habit of saving, have goals in their life and can spend useful times. This is what they get apart from growing vegetables.  Growing vegetables, plants and trees does not only provide pleasure or food but also train the children to love nature and share things with other people. It is really worth on learning.”

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17As for Hasan, his grandmother said that growing vegetables could change Hasan’s behavior.  Previously, he dislikes doing housework and spent times only on watching TV.  He rarely had interaction with his family members.  After encouraging him to do the vegetable garden, Hasan likes and enjoys growing vegetables in various containers.  When arriving home from school, the very first thing he always does is to water his vegetable garden.  He also gains an income from selling the vegetables he grows.  He can have his own pocket money without asking from his grandmother.  He also saves some money in his piggy bank.

Time to do handicraft for our sponsors can be fun!

These beautiful artworks are made of paper in various forms such as hearts, flowers and butterflies, etc. that the children and parents did together during the school holidays with an intention to send to the sponsors in order to represent love and best wishes from all families under HSF program.

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CPCR meets Local Child Protection Officer in 2 Provinces

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May 10th – 11th, CPCR Executive Director, Ms. Wassana Kaonoparat, meets local child protection officers from Ubonratchathani Province. Since 2014, CPCR works with Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and UNICEF to conduct child protection training programs for state officers from 10 provinces. This meeting is the 3rd meeting at Ubonratchathani Province. Mr. Nikhon Suksai, Vice Governor of Ubonratchathani Province, opens the meeting and welcomes all state officers to the event. The state officers have reviewed their performance and shared their experiences. It shows that many state officers are now more confident to support child victims in their areas. They understand how to provide assistance and work with local partners such as local multidisciplinary teams. This would be a benefit in child protection operation in local areas.

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May 23rd – 24th, CPCR Executive Director continues her duty to meet child protection officers in Trang Province. This is also the 3rd meeting that CPCR continues to monitor the project progress in this province. CPCR finds a development in child protection operation. At the beginning, there is no child protection committee in sub-district levels. But now, there are 7 – 8 state officers who set the committee. They also have a competence and can assist children who are victim of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Moreover, state officers provide a consultation program for parents of children. They can be a middle person who can provide a service to person who requires assistance. For example, there was one man who has a mental health problem. His wife and children has been affected. This case was notified to the child protection committee. The state officer met the man and sent this man to meet a psychiatrist. The man agreed to receive a therapy treatment from the doctor. Currently, this man lives happily with their family. This is a good example of effective training programs in sub-district level. All cases cannot be ignore and there are state officers who are capable to assist people who require assistance.

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CWCN: Steps towards Child Rights Protection

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IMG_0015Child migration from rural to the urban areas in search of better life is a big issue of many developing countries. Likewise in Nepal also the issue is exceedingly prevalent.  There are several factors responsible for migration of children.  Exploring the grounds for what really drives children to migrate, several factors take centre stage. According to reports, family conflict, poverty, hope of better life appears to be the root causes. Lack of basic necessities such as education, health, recreation along with the lack of a secured and nurturing environment leads children to migrate. Unfortunately children landing in urban cities ended up either being domestic helper, abused in different ways and live in street. In Nepal majority of the children coming to Kathmandu capital of Nepal are from the neighboring districts like Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Dhading. In this regards, CWCN has brought its locally-focused ‘Prevention Program’ to intervene in this issue.

The core of this initiative is to make the children not just to realize their problems but also capacitatingIMG_0136 them in to believing that any kind of problem can be solved by themselves at their own place. It is a program that has the objective to identify problems related to children in the local community and to solve those problems with the effort of the stakeholders and with the active participation and leadership of the children themselves via focal child club. Solving the problems of the children by the children themselves at the local level to prevent them from migrating and living more difficult life in cities is main purpose of the prevention program. This program is being conducting in a managed and systematic way in which we have formed focal club, each in Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolkha and Dhading. CWCN has been delivering various ability and skill enhancement trainings to these focal child clubs. It is quite understandable that the complete solution of children’s such problem is a big challenge. Yet, CWCN is aimed to capacitate such focal child club to intervene on problems of children and to help children via child to child approach.

Through this initiation of CWCN, we are expecting that Children will be attentive and aware about the current issues such as child marriage, sexual and other forms of abuse, and harmful effects of being on street, child labor, child rights exploitation and violence. They will be able to come front and take leadership to solve their own problems rather than running away from their home and villages. Likewise, problems of the children will be resolved at local level. CWCN hope with this initiative and action process of children migrating (from these districts) will be minimized.

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