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  1. Fundraising for the charity & a small private fund to help visitors
    • Asylum Access charity is a charity who uses their funds mostly to purchase things related to helping the urban refugees, such as legal advice and plane tickets
    • Visiting the IDC can often be expensive due to the cost of bringing food for the inmates, so we would also have a small private school held fund on the side to give to parents students and teachers who would like to help
  2. Gathering small groups to visit the detention center as often as possible
    • From an interview we made, we found out that one of the best help we can give to the refugees is going to visit them and get them out of their cells. Unfortunately, the visit centre is only open in the mornings on weekdays, meaning we cannot go every week, but on holidays and long weekends, we will make plans to go
  3. Inform the NIST community on the IDC and encourage people to visit, even if only once
    • By spreading awareness of the issue we are facing, we can encourage parents and teachers to go in their free time, providing guides and instructions to help them

Our Profile

We are a group of students from NIST International School who have dedicated ourselves to creating a bond and fulfilling the dreams of children living with HIV. We work with a HIV orphanage in Lopburi called Baan Gerda to ensure that the children feel accepted in the world.

Because children’s immune systems are not fully developed, children living with HIV get sick more severely than adults. They may experience the same common pediatric infections as HIV-negative children, but cannot fight these infections as effectively. In developing countries in particular, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses are common in HIV-positive children. Children often face other issues related to living with HIV disease, including, family issues, bullying and medication adherence. As children age into adolescence they may also begin to face issues regarding sex and physical appearance. Dreams we Believe in seeks to help children living with or affected by AIDS mitigate some of these issues by enabling days of play and friendship.

Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?

To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:

Key Contacts & Experts

Are you interested in learning more about this group? Contact one of the team members to discover ways that you can become involved.

Cedric B.

Cedric B.

Student Leader

20cedricb@nist.ac.th

Aditi W.

Aditi W.

Student Leader

20aditiw@nist.ac.th

Dianne G.

Dianne G.

Teacher Mentor

dgamage@nist.ac.th

Jen A.

Jen A.

Teacher Mentor

jabreu@nist.ac.th

Heather P.

Heather P.

Teacher Mentor

hpitzel@nist.ac.th

Sustainability & Transparency

All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.

Long-Term Goals

The people living in the immigration detention center on Soi 3 are being treated as animals, simply because they have nowhere else to go to. These are urban refugees from around the world who are forced to leave their countries for no fault of their own, and due to easy access to Thai visas, they come to Thailand and stay. Once they are caught by the police, they are taken to the IDC, where they have the option to either go back or apply for UN refugee status. In the first case, they are risking their lives returning to their countries, and, since they lack any money, they need someone from outside, whether it be a helping individual or an NGO to buy them the ticket. In the second case, the UN refugee process can take anywhere between 2-5 years, and even then, most people are rejected due to possible minor ties to violence in their history. Assuming they do receive refugee status, they are still forced to wait until a country accepts them, which can take even longer. We are working to overall improve the lives of these people and help others do the same for them.
To eventually have every free parent & teacher to go to the IDC to help people in their free time, and to help fly out as many individuals as possible.

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