Welcome to Chiang Mai, where our work is based in the north of Thailand. Here in Thailand, decades of economic growth have struggled to include marginalized children and families. In particular, children who grow up in slums or other disadvantaged communities are especially vulnerable to risks such as neglect, abuse and exploitation, and their basic childhood development needs often go unmet.
One of the groups we support are children growing up in construction site camps - we estimate that there are more than 60,000 children in this situation throughout Thailand. These children follow their parents to Thailand, where they end up living in precarious temporary shelters with limited access to education, health and safety services. Their vulnerable situation means that they are at risk of having their basic rights taken away.
This is why Acha, Nicola, and Magali founded Baan Dek together in 2002. Baan Dek is a Thai-registered Foundation with the mission of providing access to education, healthcare, and safety for all vulnerable children. 100% of donations are spent on our projects in Thailand, which support over 1,000 children every year. These projects follow rigorous Child Protection standards and are tracked by social impact monitoring.
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Baan Dek Foundation is supported by a worldwide network of bodies that facilitate partnerships. Together they constitute Kids Home Development Network and ensure the continued development of programs in Thailand.
A report on access to health, education, and protection services for children living in construction site camps.
Thousands of children live in construction site camps throughout Thailand. Little has been know about the challenges they face, nor the potential solutions for overcoming these challenges. This report from UNICEF and Baan Dek Foundation explores the access these children have to decent living environments, child protection, and health and education services, with a special focus on private sector stakeholders – property developers and construction companies – who work alongside public and civil sector actors to address their challenges.
At Baan Dek Foundation we take impact tracking very seriously. We have developed an accurate Resources and Results Framework and a set of Education, Health and Safety indicators that we monitor on a daily basis. This provides us with rigorous evidence on what works and what doesn't so that we can continue improving our programs and report our work accurately to partners.
On a daily basis, we collect essential data from the children we work with and record their attendance to each of our sessions. Constant monitoring and regular community assessements provide key information that help us develop adequate programs. The collected data provides us with a strong basis for research and allows us to share what we learn with others. We keep all personal information confidential and ensure that the rights of the beneficiaries are respected at all times.
In conjunction with partners at Columbia University, we have developed tools to analyze our collected data. Clear indicators allow us to track the impact of the work conducted within the communities.
In order to measure our progress, we conduct evaluations both quarterly and biannually. We incorporate program feedback from management, team members, children, and community members. This helps us improve the quality and direction of our programs.
Based on our methods of data collection and analysis, we constantly redesign the programs to meet the changing needs of the communities.
Our annual reports provide key information on the impact of the work done within communities. We also conduct research in order to provide a holistic perspective of the communities we work with throughout Thailand.
All of this work is made by possible by our team of dedicated national and international social workers, trained to deal with the daily challenges faced by migrant workers.
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At Baan Dek Foundation the safety of the children and families we work with is essential. All team members and volunteers adhere to our Child Protection Policy which follows international child protection standards.
Baan Dek Foundation's work would not be possible without our wide network of international partners. Together they provide the support we need to continue our work.
Our partners are organizations and people with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. They all share a common passion for children and are committed to supporting Baan Dek Foundation's programs financially and technically.
M. is a mother of three who had been living in a construction camp community for 2 years when BDF Social Workers met her through a project run in cooperation with UNICEF. During that first meeting, BDF Staff discovered that M. had only one hammock for her newborn twins to sleep in, and that none of the 3 children had received any vaccinations. Although the family had health insurance, it was only valid at a hospital about 100 km away. The Social Workers assisted M. to obtain two new hammocks, update the family’s health insurance and hospital registration, and arrange for all 3 children to receive vaccinations. M.'s oldest daughter was able to attend school for the first time with BDF's financial assistance for uniforms, transportation and registration fees.
T. is 2 years old and his parents are from Cambodia. They moved to Thailand to look for work, and in the process of becoming legal workers, they incurred a very large financial debt. Both parents worked full-time to pay off this debt and care for the family, leaving T.’s 10 year-old sister to watch over him during the day. When BDF's Teachers came to provide regular non-formal education (NFE) sessions at the camp, they found T. without proper clothes and T.’s sister unable to attend large portions of the NFE sessions because she had to take care of him. A Social Worker worked with the family to enroll T. into BDF's Tchin Tcho Nursery. Today, T. receives proper childcare and his sister can attend NFE sessions. Next semester, she will be able to enroll in school for the first time.