South East Asia
Khon Kaen is Thailand’s fourth largest city and has a population of over 1.5 million people. Some of the largest, poorest and most insecure communities in Khon Kaen are located along the railway tracks, right in the middle of town. These railway communities consist of approximately 1500 households whose temporary structures are made from scrap materials such as cardboard, tin sheets and whatever they can scrounge up. It is a hard life for slum dwellers as they face issues of discrimination due to their status as trespassers on State Railway land. They are compounded by low income, high cost of living and threat of eviction. These living conditions produce health issues for children and there are high incidents of HIV/AIDS affected families.
Khon Kaen Christian School (KKCS)
KKCS started in 1973 with the purpose of making Jesus known through a Christian education to the children of the railway slums. As these families had no way of paying school fees, the school was started and financed by Principal Songsri and her family. The children were found with plastic bags slung over their backs, sifting through garbage dumps for anything of value to recycle. The teachers of KKCS would go out and invite these malnourished children to come to school.
Now the positive influence of KKCS can be seen throughout the community. Principal Songsri says the school was started by the will of God and His blessing is resting on them. When the school began all they had was a termite infested building and loving hearts for the children. As the school population grew, they needed support beyond their own resources. ChildCare INTERNATIONAL became involved with KKCS. Through child sponsorship, the population of the school grew to over 500 children last year. The school has influenced the community. Parents now fix up their homes instead of spending their meager earnings on alcohol and gambling. To make a lasting change, the community needs to understand the value and importance of education vs. having their children work at the markets.
The very name Sri Lanka conjures images of a pear shaped island fringed by golden beaches, lush greenery, a variety of wildlife and a rich heritage that dates back to the ancient civilizations.
With a population of 20 million people, Sri Lanka has an ethnic mix of 74% Sinhalese, 18% Tamil, 7% Muslim, Moore & Malay, and 1% Christian. The official languages are Sinhalese, Tamil and English.
Three decades of war waged by terrorists against the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka by the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) came to an end on May 18, 2009. The guns fell silent and Sri Lankans have eagerly embraced a new dawn where they can live in peace. People have returned to their communities after years of displacement in IDP camps. ChildCare INTERNATIONAL is committing to help hundreds of children affected by this horrific war through sponsorship programs that minister to the emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual development of children.
We are privileged to partner with the Community Concern Society (CCS) started in 1980 by a couple helping poor families in the beach slums. Their goal: to express compassion for the poor by helping the oppressed and needy, standing up for basic human rights for children and families, feeding the hungry, alleviating poverty and educating the unschooled. They have worked tirelessly to help victums of the Tsunami and today, through their many programs and National initiatives, they touch the lives of thousands of men, women and children each day.
Our program in Sri Lanka provides education, nutritious meals and access to better health care. Sponsorship also assists with school fees, school books, shoes, bags, supplies and a uniform. For children who experience difficulty with the educational system, a non-formal education is provided at the Morning Star School. In addition, there is a tutoring program available to help children with their homework and give additional assistance with their education.
The Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world consisting of 7,107 islands in the Pacific Ocean. The islands are often subject to floods, droughts, cyclones, monsoons, earthquakes, windstorms, tidal waves and landslides, making life very difficult for its residents.
27.6 million Filipinos live below the poverty line. Rural areas are hit hardest by lack of resources, a growing population and unequal distribution of land and income.
The overall literacy rate is high in the Philippines, but many remote islands have less access to education and dropout rates are high.
ChildCare INTERNATIONAL provides sponsorship for children in the area of Cebu through partnership with an organization called Changing Lives Through Jesus. Additionally through partnership with members of the local church in Cebu, Island Feeding Programs have been set up to provide staple food and nourishment for children and their families in need.