‘We are Here!’ and Save the Children Visit
Following on from our successful ‘We Are Here’ exhibition in December, prepared by some of the children and young people who access Stepping Stones, we were approached by Save the Children in Bangkok. They were so impressed by the exhibition and the young people’s work that they asked us to organise for them to spend some time with the team and to meet some of our inspirational children and families. Save the Children (Thailand) are currently running a project to highlight the importance of migrant children living in Thailand being able to access the same educational opportunities as all children. In particular, through their campaign, they had recognised that it was important for the voices of migrant children with disabilities to be heard. With this in mind they came to visit the project to meet with some of our children and to hear their experiences of growing up in Thailand, their experiences of the education system here and what their hopes are for the future.
Our physiotherapist, Catherine Lomas and our trainee, Yin Yin Aye took the representatives from Save the Children to meet with three young men who access therapy through our project and who had contributed to the ‘We Are Here’ exhibition. Two of them have Cerebral Palsy and one has Spina Bifida, conditions which have lifelong impacts on their mobility, functional independence and in many other ways. The young men were keen to tell their stories and were interviewed by Save the Children over the course of 2 days. We have had some very positive feedback from all involved and hope to work collaboratively with Save the Children Thailand again in the future.
In the photo below are Aith That Khlein, his parents, the Save the children team and physiotherapist Catherine Lomas.