Under-five Mortality Rate (2015): 12 deaths per 1,000 live births (ranked 125 of 193). Source: UNICEF SOWC Report, 2016.
Human Development Index (HDI) (2014): 0.726 (ranked 93 of 188). Source: UNDP, Human Development Report, 2015.
Number of enrolled children (FY13): 56,181
Number of beneficiaries (FY13): 377,585
CCF (Community Children Fund) Foundation in Thailand started its work in helping disadvantaged children in 1957 through Christian Children’s Fund’s Hong Kong Office. It was registered as a legal Thai foundation on July 15, 1975. Later on February 26, 1994, HRH Princess Jaha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously accepted CCF Foundation in Thailand to be under her Royal Patronage.
Nutrition/Health & Sanitation Programme
Child Empowerment and Youth Leadership Programme
Livelihood Development Programme
2013 Programme Achievements
Healthy and Secure Infants: Care of Infants and Young Children
The Foundation provided hygiene kits, books, food, and milk for under five year old children and held parental education for their parents. It also provided mattresses and toys to 83 Child Day Care Centres.
Hygiene comes first: Through this project, the Foundation provided hygienic sets to all children (shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, nail cutter, towel, talcum powder).
ECD Training: In FY13, eleven projects conducted parental training for CCF families with children under 5 years old. The total participants were 3,032.
Fourteen local hospitals supported the training by providing nurses and doctors to give lectures as well as medical check-ups for the children.
Strengthening family ties and love: This initiative was implemented to improve the quality of child care and prevent child neglect. In FY13, six projects organised six family camps for 344 families. To achieve the objectives, participants came as a group (1 child and 1 or 2 caregivers). Group dynamics were arranged for each family to complete assignments together. After the camp, they were required to conduct a monthly family activity and report back.
Educated and Confident Children: Quality Educational Opportunities and Enhancing Achievements in Basic Education
In FY13, 523 schools received assistance from the Foundation in the form of infrastructure renovation as well as teacher training and student academic and recreational camps.
Breakfast for needy students – Year III: During the 2012-2013 school year (the third year), we operated 28 projects. The target group included 7,489 CCF students from destitute families whose caregivers have to leave home for work, very early in the morning and are not able to cook breakfast for their children. This Breakfast Programme is offered by 95 schools in 64 communities.
Youth promoter for self-sufficiency agriculture – Year II: In FY13, 238 youth out of 539 participants (i.e., 44%) from 9 projects were selected to join the experience sharing workshops. Youth participants visited successful farmers engaged in integrated farming. They learned the self-sufficiency farming principle which is environmentally-friendly and a way of production that grows crops for personal consumption as well as for the markets. During the workshops, youth had the opportunity to practice preparing organic composers, environmentally-safe liquid washing detergent, as well as fishing and farming techniques. After the workshops, CCF provided each youth a set of agricultural equipment, piglets, fish, chickens, hens, or vegetable seeds to start a small backyard farm.
Smart books for smart children: In FY13, CCF FT started a new programme to support self-learning and educational achievement for school children. We invited 302 schools with at least 30% of students who are CCF enrolled children, to join the programme voluntarily on the condition that school personnel express interest in developing new ways of teaching and promoting reading habits among their students. After strict screening, 244 schools were selected from 31 projects.
This programme was implemented in collaboration with a leading publishing house. Three sets of cartoon-style books on mathematics, science and English were purchased at a special price and sent to each school. The publishing house organised two training sessions in October 2012 on how to use the books in a creative and productive manner. In total, 309 teachers and 477 lead students were trained. Following the training, each school organised a committee to oversee the programme. Lead teachers promoted the use of the books in class while lead students helped organise activities outside of the classroom, to encourage students to read books during free time.
In November and December, each school held activities and ran a contest to select the most interesting ways of using books. Winners were invited to hold an exhibition during the royal event scheduled for February 2013.
Photo story and young community reporters training: CCF FT organised Photo Story and Youth Community Reporter training in the north and northeast areas of Thailand. In total, 410 children in the Kanjanaburi Province participated in photo story training and 40 of them were selected to participate in the community reporters’ training. Children and youth learned writing and photography techniques and were encouraged to learn about the daily life in the community to make their work compelling and engaging.
Young radio announcers: In FY13, three projects implemented the “Young Radio Announcer Programme.” Each project selected 40 youth between the ages of 13 and 18 (Grades 7-9) to receive training in radio broadcasting and public announcement techniques. Youth got the opportunity to learn how to choose subjects that may interest the public, prepare a script and initiate dialogues with an audience, verbal communication techniques and problem solving. After the training, for example in the Nongbualumphu Province, several youth had the opportunity to practice radio broadcasting during weekends. The project budget paid for radio time, transport fees and lunch for the youth announcers. As a result of this training, youth have the potential to become leaders in their communities (for example at the letter writing sessions and youth camps) and at school (for example, master of ceremony and dancers during school events and sports day).
Happy Saturday Programme: This is a monthly age-appropriate group activity that aims to promote child expression, letter writing, friendly interaction, programme planning and individual development. The programme helps to improve the child’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. These activities are often conducted together with arts activity, contests and games, to encourage teamwork, analytical thinking, self-confidence, and leadership. This programme operated in 35 projects every two to three months.
Anti-drugs campaigns: In FY13, three projects held day camps for 1,221 children who learned about various types of drugs and how to say “NO” against the temptation to try these drugs. Children also learned how to conduct simple campaigns against drugs at home, school, and in their community.
The project invited medical teams from a local hospital and police officers from the Drug Commission to serve as trainers. After the training, students held an anti-drug walk rally in their communities. Child radio announcers at Ban Wang Kwang and Ban Thaduang schools up-scaled their training by broadcasting the dangers of drug addiction, to their school peers during lunch time.
Skilled and Involved Youth
Reproductive health camps: In FY13, five projects held day camps on reproductive health for 996 teenagers. These youth learned about changes in their body, how to manage daily hygiene, emotional control, how to say no to their early sexual drive, and how early unsafe sex could destroy their young life. They invited nurses and doctors from Tambon Hospital and the Provincial Health Office to serve as trainers.
Moral camps: In FY13, six projects held training in moral values and daily practices to 816 young people to teach them about self-control and disciples which are important factors leading to emotional strength, self-esteem and social responsibility.
While the Thai economy continues to grow very fast, millions of children still live in poverty. These children live in poor conditions and are being raised by elderly people because their parents have migrated away from the home base. A lot of children under the care of the Foundation are disabled or suffer from birth illnesses. Teenagers are being faced with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, violence and early unsafe sex. The crisis in the southern part of Thailand has made thousands of children orphans as their parents or relatives have been killed. The government programmes to support these needy children cannot cover all of the poor children. The Foundation’s mission to help the children bread free from poverty is becoming increasingly challenging.
Further, the number of donors lags behind the mounting needs of poor children and the complex problems they experience. Lately, the expenses for child development programmes have increased as fast as the rising cost of living, however donations from the public remain stagnant.
Through child sponsorship, needy children have sufficient food, better health, gain larger access to quality education and are better protected. For half a century, CCF Foundation has helped thousands of sponsored children reach graduation and become teachers, doctors, nurses, engineers, local leaders, social workers, and other professionals.