This year, the theme selected by the Thai Government was "Thai Children with a Volunteering Spirit, Bettering the Environment".
With these new responsibilities, the children of the House of Hope benefiting from the school projects of La Chaîne de l’Espoir went to the Ban Nong Takai temple to organise painting, drawing and puppet making workshops, that all the children from the surrounding villages have enjoyed.
Children and their families, most of them living in very modest conditions and in precarious or even unhealthy housing, have also received hygiene kits, school supplies and clothing. A project to renovate housing presenting real risks to the health, safety and hygiene of the children and their families is under way and 160 cases have already been identified in the rural province of Buriram.
Committed and environmentally protective children
Children have brilliantly taken on their new role as "protectors of the environment". Thailand is one of the worst countries in the world in terms of plastic bag consumption (8 plastic bags per day per person) and the 6th largest contributor in terms of discharge of plastic waste in the ocean.
Some young leaders from the Pimrat secondary school trained as part of the education projects of La Chaîne de l’Espoir have joined the event to distribute fabric bags on which they had previously painted the logo of La Chaîne de l’Espoir with the help of their young classmates. It is important to note that the fabric bags are manufactured by families identified as vulnerable by the social workers of La Chaîne de l’Espoir who assist them in developing income-generating activities.
The aim of these activities is to empower children and adolescents and to actively involve them in the development of their living environment, in a positive and supportive approach.
The 2019 Children's Day ended in the spotlight with traditional and contemporary dance performances prepared by the children of the House of Hope having put on their best costumes for the occasion.
Thank you to all of you for making it possible to implement these collective and individual activities with the most vulnerable populations in Thailand considered to be the most unequal country in the world.