The Pattaya Street Kids HomeThe Street Kids Project provides a home, cheerful surroundings, guidance, the ability to go to school, and just a safe place to children who, for whatever reason, no longer think that they have a home.
These kids are often runaways. They may have been forced into male prostitution and may be ashamed to recontact their parents. Often, they have left home because their parents did not provide a good home for them. In all cases, these kids have no where to go. Have been living on the street and have no one to turn to.
The city of PattayaThe beach resort of Pattaya has been for many years the focus of government efforts to develop a thriving tourist industry. Since the late 60's, with the arrival of American military personnel on R&R from the war in Vietnam to the present, it has been one of the most lively resorts in Thailand.
The ProblemAlong with the normal recreational tourism has come the full range of social problems associated with lots of tourists in an underdeveloped region. Among the most notable
The Street Kids HomeFather Brennan has sought to provide whatever help he can to such children. One result of that help is the Street Kids Home. Because of the street hardness of these children, experience showed that they must be segregated from the children at the Orphanage. So a separate home for them was established.
The children receive food, shelter, clothing, medical assistance and counseling. If possible, they are encouraged, never forced, to return home to their parents. If this is not feasible, the home tries to get them into the local school and then the kids commute from school to their Street Kids Home every day.
In some cases, the children have not attended a school for several years. Special tutoring is provided for those children.
The staff try to help the each child adjust his or her life style. No judgments are made on the children. Encouragement and love are given in order to help them respond. These children come from another world than that to which we are accustomed, so different to that of normal experience that it is almost impossible to appreciate the problems and choices which they have faced and are still facing.
The clear objective is to try and provide a good path for the children to follow in their lives. Many times, this proves unsuccessful, but sometimes we are rewarded with a gratifying achievement. Most of the children stay at the center for only short periods before the urge to return to the "freedom" of the streets returns. We have found jobs for some of the older children. We have succeeded in convincing lots of kids to return to their natural homes. There is no clear method of gauging success in dealing with the problems of the Street Kids. All that can be said is that a stable support system has been provided for the child along with love, kindness and advice. Hopefully some advice has been heeded!