BANGKOK — Thailand is located in Southeast Asia. Known for the tropical beaches, Thailand is a great place for vacations and tourism is the economic mainstay for Thailand. Thailand has a population of 68 million, among whom 7.2 percent of the people still live in poverty. Thailand’s GDP grew by less than 2.5 percent a year in 2014 and 2016.
Throughout the past decade, Thailand did see development in economic, especially in urban areas like Bangkok. However, while the poverty rate in urban areas dropped, many people in the rural areas continue to live in extreme poverty. Many people in the world are struggling with figuring out how to help people in Thailand. Here are some things that can be done to help the people in Thailand.
Sponsoring a kid
Human trafficking is still a huge problem in Thailand. Men in Thailand are trafficked into and out of the country and forced to work in industries, while women and children are trafficked by international criminal gangs to work in the sex industry.
UNICEF estimated that more than one million children in Thailand live in vulnerable conditions in Thailand. These children usually do not have access to proper healthcare, and are forced to live on the streets. About 290,000 children were abandoned by their parents due to HIV/AIDS.
According to Thailand official figures, 8 percent of children between the age of 5 to 14 are involved in work. However, the real figure is believed to be higher. While children in developed countries are in school, countless children in Thailand are living on the streets and starving.
Volunteering in Thailand
There are many types of volunteering opportunities in Thailand such as teaching program, healthcare projects and animal caring programs. Many schools in Thailand are in need of teachers. Hospitals are also in need of people with proper medical skills. Volunteering is not only a good way to help the people in Thailand, but also a great way to learn about the people and culture in Thailand.
Supporting organizations that are helping Thailand
The easiest way to answer the question of how to help people in Thailand is to donate to an organization that are helping Thailand. Many organizations are trying their best to help the people in Thailand. By donating to these organizations, you are also helping the people in Thailand, because most of these organizations are nonprofit and cannot function without donations.
These are some strategies for how to help people in Thailand. Many people and children are living in extreme poverty in Thailand. With help, they might be able live a better life.
– Mike Liu