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.
Baan Dek Foundation won the Award for its Digital Superheroes Academy.
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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.
A is a bright young boy from Burma. He is currently living in a construction community in Chiang Mai with his two sisters and mother. When he first arrived in Chiang Mai he was terrified of going to school as he had been beaten at his school in Burma. Baan Dek Foundation’s social workers met A during Access Program sessions and soon developed tailored support to focus on his integration into a local school. Many counseling sessions were organized with the parents to convince them of the benefit of a proper education. Teachers report he is a great student! His father, who had been a strong role model for him, passed away recently, leaving the family in difficult financial circumstances. Baan Dek Foundation helped the family get back on their feet, covering the education costs for A and his sisters. We currently facilitate after-school support sessions that ensure their continued attendance to school.
This is a picture of little K, 2 years old, and her Dad. Social workers met her during one of the outreach sessions. Sadly K was living in a difficult environment: right in front of her shelter there were deep holes and sharp scrap metal. At the time, her mother was very ill and her father worked long hours to support the family. Neither of them were able to spend the time they wanted with little K. Until the situation gets better, K has joined Baan Dek Foundation’s Tchin Tcho Nursery, which means she can spend her day in a safe and stimulating environment. Today, after regular counseling sessions, the family subscribed to the national security system. K’s mother is receiving the proper medical care she needs and she can work without worrying about K’s safety. Our team will continue working with the family until little K can be integrated into a public nursery.
M was one of the first ever beneficiaries and the team could not be more proud of her. M had a very difficult upbringing; when our social workers met her she had been abandoned and was unable to attend school. Baan Dek Foundation’s team has conducted regular counseling sessions with her to provide tailored support and monitored her situation on a daily basis. Our aim was to facilitate her integration into the education system and encourage her school attendance. With the support of the foundation, she has now successfully graduated and has found a loving and caring partner. We hope that the future stories of other beneficiaries will mirror M's success.
These are the two mischievous twins of camp U. C has saved the teeth of many children in his community! It all started when C reported having some serious tooth pain. He developed a severe tooth infection and his family contacted Baan Dek Foundation’s team for help. Social workers accompanied C to the hospital where he received the necessary care, and was instructed by the dentist that he needed to brush his teeth. With the Superheroes Academy, the team brought to all the children in his community a session on oral hygiene. C and his brother were the first to urge their friends to pay attention at the Superheroes Academy session! The session was followed by the delivery of a diploma to every child attending and a distribution of hygiene packs with toothbrushes and toothpaste. The team will be there to reinforce the message and assess the impact on the dental health of the children.