This year has been extremely challenging for everyone, however its the children that have suffered the most with schools remaining closed in Thailand for nearly 18 months. They opened briefly at the start of the year, but had to be closed not long after due to the pandemic. In 2020 Thailand's COVID-19 were low. In 2021 they increased, gradually at first then after the Thai New Year in April the numbers started to grow steadily and have increased daily since. The roll out of vaccinations was a slow starter, daily number of vaccinations have increased and now record numbers of people are vaccinated daily. Thailand has an amazing network of community health volunteers, who are responsible for on average up to 10 households. They monitor the health and wellbeing of the community as well as who is there and where they have come from. So any visitors are known, with interprovincial travel restricted this has been key to ensuring the numbers have remained relatively low. Quick action taken by the authorities has also kept numbers low, anyone testing positive or known to have been in contact with a positive case have been quarantined for 14 days, restricting the transmission of the virus.
This quick response and restricted travel has been great to keep numbers low, however this and the lack of tourists has led to an economic decline. Many families are struggling to feed themselves and are turning to others for support. This is leading to additional health problems as well as an increase of mental health issues. Being based in village hit hardest by the 2004 Tsunami, the community has had so much to deal with already. This additional stress and strain is not good for their overall health and wellbeing. Currently we are unable to work with the community due to local restrictions, but we are planning and preparing workshops ready for when we can. We have also been supporting the community with equipment and tools to help fight the pandemic, such as thermometers, masks, PPE and man power at the local checkpoints.
Whilst we are unable to teach at the schools, we are able to teach online, we have a number of students, school age and adults who we have been teaching via Zoom. This is a great way to be able to keep in touch and engage with the community. It has also increased their mental wellbeing.With your donations we are able to support the community by supplying them with more ipads and computers so more of them are able to join the classes. We have also been working with the teachers to see what help and resources we are able to supply. We dont want our children to suffer any more than they have to during or post pandemic. We want them to have the same opportunities as others we want them to thrive even though the situation is hard. The community is resilient and will once the pandemic is over will thrive once more.
Thank you for your generous support which has allowed us to continue our work with the community.
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