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Sponsor an ET Session

Trauma from childhood abuse can be released from our heart, mind, and body. Scientific research shows the significant impact energy therapies have on releasing trauma, as well as boosting immunity. Energy therapy sessions can be done either in-person or remotely to have an impact.

Sponsor an energy therapy (ET) session for a child.

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Rights to Play & Learn

All children have the right to go to school and learn and have fun, regardless of who they are, where they live or how much money their family has.

SafeguardKids has been engaged with a northern Thai school near the Myanmar (Burma) border. We learn from the children and the school staff about their strengths and their needs. 

One current need is sports equipment. If you would like to donate sports equipment in good or new condition for young children, please email us at contact@wesafeguardkids.org.

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Childhood Webinar 2021 on COVID-19 Action

A free webinar on what we can do to protect children in Thailand during COVID-19 was held in December 2021. World Childhood Foundation, ECPAT International, and Embassy of Sweden in Thailand hosted this webinar. The webinar recording is available below.

The HUG Project of Thailand presented a practical tool they have developed to help keep Thai children safe from sexual exploitation online. Have a look at their English and Thai interactive handbook for children.

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Art for Love

Motherhood, Childhood, and Mother Earth

On 10 December 2020 in Ratchaburi, Thailand, Pasaya Textiles revealed its “Rose Garden” textile art collection. The collection includes 12 intricately illustrated roses by the Thai artist Ajarn Phansakdi Chakkaphak. Pasaya has made his illustrations larger than life by machine weaving the roses onto 8-foot tall panels of its finest fabrics.

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Photo: Schle Woodthanan, Creator and Owner of Pasaya and Chairman of the SafeguardKids Board of Directors (Pasaya’s Facebook Page)

One of the roses, named in honor of H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, in collection is graciously given by Ajarn Phansakdi Chakkaphak and Pasaya to World Childhood Foundation of Sweden. During the Art for Love celebration, H.E. Anand Panyarachun, former Thai Prime Minister presided over the handover ceremony. Due to current travel restrictions, the Rose Garden collection was received by Ms. Darin Phanthusak of SafeguardKids until it can be transferred to World Childhood. Proceeds of the auction of the remaining roses will be donated to Seub Nakhasathien Foundation (environmental protection), Mother’s Spiritual Museum, and SafeguardKids Foundation.

Photo: Ms. Darin Phanthusak stands by 1 of 12 textile art pieces in the Rose Garden collection

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Thai Laws: Online Safety

Thailand upgrades its laws to better protect children online and offline

In December 2015, with initial drafting by Prosecutor Mark Charoenwong, Ph.D., and input from SafeguardKids, Thailand passed legislation to ban the possession of child sexual abuse material. Now in December 2020, Thailand is reviewing additional legislation drafted to protect the safety and wellbeing of children online.

On 17 December 2020, representatives from the Department of Special Investigation, Office of Attorney General, Central Juvenile and Family Court, Supreme Court, and key legal assistance and child protection non-government organizations met again to review the latest draft of “Offenses against Children Online” for inclusion into the Thai Penal Code. This draft covers grooming, unwanted sexting, extortion, stalking, and cyber-bullying, reports of which continue to grow.

This group of experts emphasized the need for wording clarity to avoid arbitrary interpretation, the roles of victims and offenders, as well as the ability to apply this new legislation in real-world practice. The deliberations of this draft will continue early in 2021.

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Broken Hearts, Broken Minds

He walked to a neighbor’s house and asked if there was any yard work he could do. Smelling the alcohol on his breath, the neighbor hesitated and decided to let him inside the back yard.

As she walked him to the back yard, she told him, “The tree needs some trimming. The branches are growing into the electrical power lines. I can only give you $20.”

He smiled and fetched his equipment. This is one of the few odd jobs he could secure around town to pay his bills. Over 50, he was divorced, recently homeless, and struggling to find steady work that would accommodate his drinking schedule.

People judge him, pity him, and look down on him for not being able to stop drinking alcohol. He went to local treatment programs for alcohol dependency, remained sober for a couple of years, and relapsed. Again and again, until the program managers gave up on him.

He drinks to dull the pain of self-worthlessness. He drinks to dull the pain of a deep scar in his heart. He was groomed and sexually abused when he was 4 years old by a male family member he loved, trusted, and respected. He grew up confused about his sexuality, confused about love and sex, and angry after realizing in his teens that he was actually abused. Drinking since his teenage years is how he coped with the trauma.

What would his life be like if he had not suffered abuse? What would his life be like if he had learned positive ways of overcoming the trauma? What would he be like if he were healed?

We want to safeguard children from harm. We want to find alternative ways of healing to help those who suffered childhood traumas. Please join us in mending broken minds and broken hearts.

Update: In mid-February 2021, the man in the above story passed away of a heart attack while helping friends move to a new house. He will remain an inspiration for voicing the impact of sexual abuse on children.

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Child Safety Online

Children must continually be reminded to not accept friend requests from people they have never met face-to-face. Many child sex offenders create fake online profiles to gain the friendship of children to possibly abuse. They use photos of children of the approximate age they are sexually attracted to and use clues found in the targeted child’s profile to convince the child that they are in the same peer group. Additionally, children should not post photos, texts, check-ins, or page-likes that identify what school they attend, where they live, or where they frequently hang out. These details help child sex offenders make in-person contact with the child possible.

For guidance on how to teach children to protect themselves online from sexual abuse, read the #Netsmart handbook by Save the Children Sweden. This handbook is available in English and Swedish.