Project: Healthcare for Rescued Children in Thailand
Mission: ZOE exists to share the Gospel as they work to be an effective participant in ending human trafficking of children worldwide. They work to prevent human trafficking of children and to rescue and restore those who have been trafficked and orphaned.
Results: ZOE has been combating human trafficking in Thailand since 2003. In 2010, the Thai government certified ZOE as a Non-Governmental Organization for the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking, one of only six such organizations in Chiang Mai Province. Since 2010, ZOE has provided comprehensive aftercare for more than 115 rescued children in Thailand.
Description: ZOE International rescues and cares for orphans and trafficked children. They are focused primarily in Thailand where they have a shelter for children rescued from human trafficking.
ZOE Children's Homes in Thailand currently cares for 75 children on a long-term basis. ZOE's primary goal is to unite children with loving family who are wiling and able to care for them. However, in some cases, the children simply cannot return to family members. This may be because the family is complicit in the trafficking of the child or that there are no family members.
ZOE provides shelter, clothing, education, food, medical care, and limited dental care to these children. The ZOE Health Plus program focuses on provided preventative care in the areas of nutrition, dental care, and medical care to include vaccinations and annual deworming treatment. The partnership with TFish Fund is helping to ensure the highest level of preventative healthcare.
$1200 - A year's supply of daily multivitamins for 75 children
$400 - Flu vaccines and deworming medicine for 75 children and 35 adults
$1100 - X-ray exams for 75 children
$1700 - Dental cleaning for 75 children
$3000 - Cavity repair for 75 children
$760 - Extractions for 75 children
The ZOE kitchen prepares over 450 meals per day for their children, staff, and volunteers. Over the years they have made great strides in improving the nutritional level for our children. Improvements include having fresh fruit at every dinner meal and a box of milk for each child with the morning meal. Although the amount of food is plentiful, they believe that there are certain minerals and vitamins missing from the children’s diet. For example, vitamin C and iron are lacking due to lower citrus and protein consumption. Having a full complement of necessary vitamins and minerals is essential during the critical developmental years of children and teens. This program would provide one complete multi-vitamin per child per day for one year.
ZOE provides limited dental care to their children. At present, they rely either on dental exams given in the public schools or a child having a toothache to alert us to problems. We do take the children to the dentist but usually only when a problem is evident. Unfortunately, the school dental exams only reveal problems that are well-developed. Many cavities cannot be seen early unless the child has an x-ray exam.
ZOE believes that good dental care is one of the most important things in a child's life. Good teeth promote good health. Bad dental health significantly impacts all kinds of health issues. For example, people who have diabetes can experience significantly higher blood sugar levels just because their teeth are not cleaned. Plaque is filled with bacteria that can significantly impact one's health.
This program would provide each child with one basic teeth-cleaning procedure per year. It would also provide an initial x-ray for each child to establish the child's baseline dental health and reveal existing cavities. It would also cover cavity repair or extraction needed after the initial x-ray survey.
ZOE children who are Thai citizens are covered by national medical insurance. The children at ZOE who are not Thai have no medical coverage and ZOE pays cash for their care. However, even the Thai national medical insurance is bare-bones coverage and does not include preventative medical care such as vaccinations, tetanus shots, flu shots, or deworming medicine.
Living in a group setting (there are over 150 persons living on the ZOE campus) makes it imperative that children are protected from communicable diseases, especially highly contagious and recurring illnesses such as the flu.
This program would provide each child and childcare provider at ZOE an annual flu shot. Finally, intestinal parasites are very common in this part of Thailand and all American workers are encouraged to take a deworming medicine annually. This program would allow us to give each child and their caregivers an annual deworming treatment as well.