Hand to Hand is a Christian organization that is based in Pattaya, who recognise that human rights apply to all age groups. The charity seeks to protect those who are marginalised regardless of their race, age or religion.
They achieve this on a practical level by providing services such as helping them acquire legal documentation and offering food, clothing and education.
The reality for many underprivileged people in Pattaya, is a life that is entrapped by poverty and abuse. Their lives are marked by a lack of adequate care, food, shelter and an uncertainty about the future.
Many of these people earn a meager living as street vendors, garbage collectors, prostitutes or beggars. Drug & alcohol abuse is common in these communities, making them very dangerous places for children to grow up in.
Those living in the slums are also at constant risk of abuse and exploitation, and a way to break out of this cycle of poverty seems almost impossible.
Slum dwellers are often without the benefits of a house registration, which is needed to access healthcare, education and other government support services. In addition, without a birth certificate a child faces an entire lifetime of living as an ‘alien’ in their own home country.