26 Feb

Photo Exhibition of the Thai experience

Venue : Bangkok art and culture centre
Date : 26-02-2019
Time : 10:30 AM
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Date(s) - 26/02/2019 - 17/03/2019
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

Bangkok art and culture centre

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This collaboration between CARE-Austria and Raks Thai included the presentation of photographs exclusively made by Alexander Von Wiedenbeck. Each photo depicts a different aspect of the work of Raks Thai in the effort to help vulnerable communities and residents around the country. For example, one photo is of the Education Center for Children of Migrant Workers to ensure that all children in Thailand have access to a formal education.

“Samut Sakorn is a popular destination for migrants from Myanmar. There are an average of 100,000 Myanmar citizens there each year who come for work opportunities. Many of these migrants work in the fisheries or seafood processing sectors, and some bring dependent family members with them. Raks Thai has taken an interest in the young children of these migrants and their need for proper schooling. Often, the parents go to work and leave their young children alone in the migrant community. This makes those children very vulnerable to exploitation. One strategy to deal with this is to enroll these children into special schools for migrants which offer a formal education and training in life skills.”

Alexander Von Wiedenbeck produced a series of photographs to depict the life of vulnerable members of society. In his words: “The photos reflect the feelings and living conditions which few ever get to see. Raks Thai strives to improve the living conditions for people on the margins of society through a range of development projects which address social problems and deprivation. These projects include work with children of migrants, PLHIV, victims of tuberculosis and malaria, occupational development for women’s groups, disaster relief, rehabilitation, and other development work. I am most pleased to have contributed to this exhibition on the Thai experience

at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center

during February 26 – March 17, 2019.”

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