Human Trafficking is a major issue in Northern Thailand. Traffickers prey upon the marginalized populations, especially children. These children often live in disrupted and unsafe households, putting them at high risk of being trafficke
ADRA Thailand’s Keep Girls Safe (KGS) project works in collaboration with government agencies, local non-government organizations and community groups to raise awareness and reduce the vulnerability of women and girls to sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The project provides education opportunities, a shelter for high risk girls, plus youth clubs and community activities which provide awareness and knowledge raising of human trafficking issues.
Location Mae Lao & Chiang Sean District, Chiang Rai
Donors ADRA Switzerland, ADRA Norway, ADRA Germany, ADRA Australia, ADRA International
Duration: 07/01/15 – 30/06/18
Life can be difficult and dangerous for young girls living in the hills of northern Thailand. Poor, marginalised and frequently taken advantage of, these young girls from the hill tribes have suffered at the hands of human traffickers for too long. Lack of awareness, language challenges and economic poverty open these ethnic minorities to the ever growing human trafficking underworld of trickery and modern slavery. This issue undermines the basic rights of the individual and is not getting the attention or backing required. Through its integrated human trafficking vulnerability reduction program, ADRA Thailand uses numerous initiatives to address the core issues affecting the people groups affected, including the operation of a shelter for vulnerable girls.
Keep Girls Safe program was established by ADRA Thailand in 2004 in a response to the human trafficking dilemma which faces many of the vulnerable and marginalised ethnic minorities in northern Thailand. Young girls who have either been exposed to the dark side of human trafficking or who would likely be victims have found security and wellbeing through having a safe place to live a normal life and learn through a strong educational and work program. Since its inception over 200 girls, from the ages of 8 to 19 have been given another opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest – to thrive and be of service to others.
Presently Keep Girls Safe provides a loving home and environment for 27 young girls to lead a normal life and grow up to be respected and valued citizens. During their stay in the shelter, they are provided with basic accommodation, nutritious food and a secure environment along with meeting formal education standards set by the Government of Thailand. When not in school, the girls are involved in preparing meals, taking care of the shelter grounds and assisting in the agricultural program. In addition, many of the girls are involved in learning to play a musical instrument or sing. They are also active in leading out at the local Adventist church.