Help children affected by HIV/Aids
For over 30 years, the Thai foundation, Siam-Care, has been changing lives of underprivileged children who are affected by HIV/Aids. Some of the children are infected themselves, while others are orphaned by HIV. The biggest goal of Siam-Care is to enable affected Thai families to stand on their own feet again.
The children Siam-Care helps are poor, vulnerable and without support, therefore most would not be able to receive an education. Siam-Care gives physical, financial and spiritual support. The objective is to keep children in school until at least Grade 3 of High School. Then they will get a certificate, which will make it much easier for them to find a job. And finding a job means they can take care of themselves.
Siam-Care is led by Dutch World Outreach mission partners, Jan-Peter and Natasja Kelder, who moved from Holland to Thailand in 2013.
Recently, a large donor wrote to say that they struggled with Siam-Care’s Christian identity and basically told them to stop spreading the gospel. This request was unacceptable because Christianity is the foundation of everything Siam-Care does and is. As a result, the donor decided to stop supporting Siam Care immediately. This meant that 70 children would no longer receive monthly support.
Every child receives 1000 Thai Baht (see table below for exchange rates) per month as an educational sponsorship. This has left a large annual deficit in their sponsorship.
Would you please consider making a one-off gift to support these kids’ education while the Siam-Care team seeks to raise new sponsors?
Please donate through your nearest country office or online below.
One of the people who received an educational sponsorship through Siam-Care was Nid, now a 24-year-old young lady originally from the northeast of Thailand. Nid shared,
“I was 7 when both my parents died because of HIV. I was very weak mentally and physically and people in my community thought I wouldn’t get far in life. But then the local hospital connected me with Siam-Care, who started looking after me. They made sure I had a place to live and explained to me what HIV did to my parents. They also found me a donor who supported my education. 17 years later, I have now finished university and work for Siam-Care. I want to give others the same opportunity that Siam-Care once gave me.”
In 2016, Nid also decided to become a follower of Jesus and is now part of a local church.