My father loves gambling more than his family. One day my father lost in the gambling and asked my mom for money that was supposed to use for rice purchase. He was so aggressive and punched my mom hardly, took all the money from her and went to his friend’s house for gambling. I want to have a peaceful family. I don’t want to see someone abusing one another in my house. I am trying hard in my study and want to help my mother when I grow up.
My name is Paing. I was born in 2010 in Mon State, Burma/Myanmar. I have one older sister. I was sent to Thailand in order to be able to study because of the domestic problem.
My father loves gambling more than his family. One day my father went to his friend’s house for gambling. He lost in the gambling. He came back home and asked my mom for money. At that time, my mother had a little money to buy rice. Mom said she doesn’t have any money. He was so aggressive and punched my mom hardly, took all the money from her and went to his friend’s house for gambling. My mother was hurt physically and psychologically and cried because of my father’s behavior. One day it was time for dinner but there was no rice to cook. My sister and I were very hungry. Then my mother went to her neighbor house with a plate. A few minute later, she came back with a bowl of rice on her hand. Even though I was too little to know much of the world, I felt so sad to see what happened to my family. My mother worries about our future so she decided to send us to Thailand for our study.
Although I am happy to live in the boarding house with other friends the memory of my father abusing my mother always brings me back. I just want to have a peaceful family. I just don’t want to see someone abusing one another in my house. I am trying hard in my study and want to help my mother when I grow up. I am so thankful to donors who support vulnerable children like me to access to education and protection.
Since the commencement of the training and implementation of the Child Protection Policy and procedures in September 2014, Mae Tao Clinic has trained all the staff and volunteers, both foreign and local interns throughout the year 2016. The Child Protection policy has been integrated into the staff manual and constructed annually through staff orientation workshops and Community Health volunteer training. These actions will be an ongoing process. The internal CPRS system has been progressively improved within internal case referral protocol, the CPRS focal point has been to coordinate with External Child Protection Response and Referral Systems (CPRS) from partners’ organisations to respond to child protection issues, including case management, psychosocial support, education, shelter, birth registration, legal services and links to Thai government services including hospitals and police.
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(Updated on September 8, 2017)