Pakkred Welfare Homes
This project was established in 2002 when ISGF took the responsibility of hiring one physiotherapist for the well being of the handicapped children for CCD** (Christian Care Foundation of Children with Disabilities) at the Pakkred Homes. The results were phenomenal and in view of the fact that the severely handicapped children were able to respond and learn from the therapist, it was agreed that more should be hired. In 2004 a total of four physiotherapists were employed and later two special teachers were added.
Basically the physiotherapist’s job description is to:
- Help stimulate the cerebral palsy children by giving them physiotherapy to correct their disabilities
- Plan physiotherapy treatment and asses the patients every 3 months
- Help and clear thick mucus for children with chronic bronchitis to help them breath more easily by using suction twice a week in Rajchapauk ward
- Join special outing activities with teachers and take a role in planning
- Set up and order special physiotherapy equipment for children who need special aid such as beds, standing tables, short and long bars, triangle pillows, wheel chairs etc.
- Cooperate and work together with government staff
- Give advice and suggestions to volunteers on how to handle children in the correct way
- Organize seminars and give knowledge to CCD staff and volunteers on how to feed, lift and sit children up properly for rigid and spastic cerebral palsy victims.
Job description for special teachers
The goal of these teachers is to:
- Enable children with special needs to develop as fully as possible as individuals, teaching self help skills such as toilet training, feeding and dressing themselves
- Participate in reviewing the child’s history from the local community with physiotherapists and social workers before they come to rehabilitation
- Teach blind children to read and write Braille
- Give speech therapy
- Correct the behavior of children who have cerebral palsy so that they can reach their highest potential and can attend school
- Assist with I.E.P. (Individual Early Planning) for each child and assess them every 3 months
- Plan activities and take children out for day trips
** The International Support Group foundation (ISGF) has been working with the Christian Care Foundation for Children with Disabilities for many years. ISGF’s Welfare Home Project helps CCD with fund raising and donations. Specifically, ISGF provides major financial support for the employment of four physiotherapists and two special teachers for CCD. As of 2008, two sponsors have committed to help ISGF with long term sponsorship of one therapist and one special teacher leaving three therapists and one special teacher still under the responsibility of ISGF.
CCD is a Thai NGO, established since 1990. It’s aim is to provide some disabled children, from the government orphanages at Pakkred Homes, with a more individual rehabilitation and training program so that these children may have the opportunity for a better quality of life and are able to better integrate into society. The selected children are placed in one of their four centers, namely, Rainbow House Residence, Rainbow Rehabilitation Day-care Center, Fuang Fah Day-care and Rachawadee Boys and Girls Day-care Center.
The ages of the children under their program ranges from a few months to 18 years old; some have mild physical disabilities while others suffer various debilitations caused by cerebral palsy. At Rainbow House Residence, children live at the Center but the children in the day-care programs at the other centers attend the program two to five days a week. These children live in the government homes at Pakkred.
With good facilities and professional staff, CCD has been very successful. Over the years, many of the children from their program have been adopted or placed in family homes. Others attend regular school and colleges and are capable of independent living. Those who are still living at the government homes, are certainly better trained to take care of themselves and to live with their disabilities.
Health Care’s main objective is to provide health-related support to the most marginalized individuals in Thai society, including poor women and children, and undocumented or stateless people. The scope of our in-kind donations or direct funding is unrestricted and each case brought to our attention is considered individually. Over the past ten years, Health Care has been involved in the following projects:
- In a joint effort with Dumex Thailand, a leading provider of milk and nutritional supplements fir infant and children, we arranged for baby formula to be sent to a hospice in Chiang Mai for HIV-infected mothers who were unable to nurse their babies.
- After noticing that a number of children at the Pakkred Home in Nonthaburi suffered from a variety of hearing problems, we had them properly diagnosed and gave them the medical care they required. In more serious cases, operations were required.
- During an outbreak of tuberculosis at Pakkred’s Baan Fueng Fah, a home for severely disabled babies and children under the age of 7, we dispatched a mobile x-ray unit and technician team to examine all the home’s residents, ensuring that the outbreak was under control.
- We periodically provide funding for medicine and operations for Burmese children who have no means of accessing appropriate heath care in Burma or do not qualify for state assistance in Thailand.
- We also send medicine to remote areas throughout Thailand, including a village in Ang Thong and an orphanage in Sa Kaew. We have also supported Dr. Cynthia’s Mae Tao Clinic, a facility that serves Burmese refugees, near Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border.