Chiang Mai Family Services, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Building on the belief that children are the hope of the future, Chiang Mai Family Services (CMFS) believes that learning the English language is a major asset in improving their lot in life. So one of the main focuses of Chiang Mai Family Services (CMFS) is a free English-language course taught to students in Chiang Mai and the surrounding provinces of northern Thailand. Each year CMFS holds over 50 "English Camps", attended by students and teachers alike, as well as hosting seminars to train teachers in the government schools in early learning techniques and innovative teaching ideas.
Another focus of Chiang Mai Family Services is a program to care for children that have been orphaned by AIDS/HIV, assisting them and their helpers with food, clothing and medical supplies. The Thai rural population has been heavily impacted by the AIDS epidemic through the practice of young women going to the cities, getting involved in prostitution, then returning to their village, marrying, and AIDS/HIV consequently infecting huge proportions of the whole village. Many children end up left without parents and in the care of their elderly grandparents.
CMFS also conducts a socialization program in local orphanages to prepare orphan children for adoption to foreign couples, readying the children for the big change in moving to the West and living in a different culture.
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