Children Of The Trains – Howtoshtab – how to, lifehacks, tips and tricks

[MUSIC] [TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWING] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] I LIVE HERE. I LIVE ON THE 6TH BLOCK. I LIVE IN THE RAILROAD COMMUNITY. THE TRAIN! I WAS ABANDONED IN A TRASH BIN. I WANT THEM TO TEACH US TO BE SMART. MY PARENTS BEAT ME, SO I RAN AWAY FROM HOME WHEN I WAS 13. THE HOME SITUATION IS SO BAD AND SO AWFUL AND SO HORRIBLE, THEY CAN’T SURVIVE, THEY CAN’T EXIST AT HOME, THEY ARE BEING ABUSED, AND THE ONLY PLACE THEY GOT TO RUN IS THE STREET AND THE STREET IS MUCH SAFER, IT ‘S MUCH BETTER THAN IT IS AT HOME, THAT’S WHY THEY ARE THERE, NO ONE WANTS TO LIVE ON THE STREETS. THAT’S WHY THEY LEAVE…

THEY CAN’T STAY AT HOME, THEY WILL LITERALLY DIE OR BE KILLED IF THEY STAY AT HOME SO THEY GOT TO RUN TO THE STREETS TO SURVIVE, TO LIVE. MY PARENTS SPLIT UP BECAUSE OF DEBT AND DRINKING. I LEFT HOME BECAUSE MY PARENTS WERE FIGHTING. THEY HIT ME. THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF HOMELESS CHILDREN IS FAMILY PROBLEMS. THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PARENTS AND BETWEEN THE PARENTS AND THE CHILD. THESE PROBLEMS RESULT IN CHILDREN LIVING ON THE STREETS. THEY ARE STRANGERS. NO ONE IS GOING TO ACCEPT THEM. MANY PEOPLE LOOK AT THEM LIKE THEY ARE NOT GOOD. THEY RAN AWAY FROM HOME. WHY DON’T THEY STAY WITH THEIR PARENTS? SO THEY LOOK DOWN ON THEM. AND THEY HAVE NO FOOD. THEY HAVE TO BEG. OR SOMETIMES THEY ALSO HAVE TO STEAL. MY PARENTS WEREN’T GETTING ALONG. SO I RAN AWAY. AT THE TIME I WAS ABOUT 9 OR 10 YEARS OLD. I LIVED LIKE A “HOMELESS” AT HUA LAMPHONG STATION.

I WANDERED AROUND. AT NIGHT, I SLEPT WHEREVER I COULD. I ATE IF I HAD FOOD. I FASTED IF I HAD NO FOOD. THAT WAS HOW I LIVED. THEY HAVE TO SURVIVE, THEY GOT TO EAT, THEY ARE ALL ALONE, THERE’S NO DOCTORS, THERE’S NO NURSES, THERE’S NO MONEY, THEY GOT TO MAKE MONEY TO EAT, THE BIGGEST THING ON THE STREET IS HOW DO I MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO EAT TODAY? SO THEREFORE THEY HAVE TO BAND TOGETHER WITH OTHER CHILDREN. AND, OF COURSE, THERE ARE ALWAYS GANGS, THERE ARE ALWAYS PEOPLE WHO WANT TO USE THE CHILDREN BECAUSE OFTEN THEY CAN’T GO TO THE POLICE, THEY CAN’T GO AND LOOK FOR HELP. WE ARE HELPING KIDS WHO HAVE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF SEXUALLY, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. SOME OF THE KIDS COME FROM BEGGAR GANGS. THE GANGS TORTURE THEM AND MAKE THEM BEG FOR MONEY. LIVING ON THE STREET WAS DIFFICULT. I WAS SELLING FLOWERS AND WASHING CAR MIRRORS. AND WHEN I GOT HUNGRY, I HAD TO GO TO THE TEMPLE AND ASK FOR FOOD.

I SLEPT UNDER THE BRIDGE. SOME OF MY FRIENDS WERE NOT GOOD. THEY WOULD ASK ME TO DO DRUGS. I WAS AFRAID. THE INCREASING IN THE DRUGS ALSO BECAME A REALLY BIG PROBLEM IN THAI SOCIETY. IN THE LAST GOVERNMENT, IT WAS DECREASED 80 PERCENT. BUT NOW IT CAME BACK AGAIN. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE POLITICAL SITUATION IS REALLY RELATED TO THE CHILDREN, AND THE QUALITY OF STREET CHILDREN’S FUTURE. WHEN I FIRST LEFT HOME, I GOT A RIDE TO UDON THANI. THERE, I ASKED SOMEONE TO BUY ME A TRAIN TICKET. THE PERSON BOUGHT ME A TICKET TO HUA LAMPHONG. HUA LAMPHONG STATION IS THE ALLEY WHERE ALL THE TRAINS COME, AND THE CHILDREN ALSO COME WITH THE TRAIN. BANGKOK IS THE CAPITAL OF THAILAND AND HUA LAMPHONG IS THE CENTRAL RAILROAD STATION WHERE ALL THE ROUTES END. WHEN THE CHILDREN RUN AWAY FROM HOME AND ARRIVE IN BANGKOK, IT IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORLD THAN WHAT THEY ARE USED TO. BANGKOK IS THE CENTER FOR HOMELESS KIDS, BUT THERE ARE MANY SOCIAL WORKERS TO HELP THEM.

ONE OF THE REASONS KIDS BECOME STREET KIDS IS BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF OUR COUNTRY AND THE RISE OF CONSUMERISM AND PRODUCTIVITY. ALL THE JOBS ARE IN THE BIG CITY. THE FARMERS IN THE COUNTRYSIDE NEED MONEY. THE FARMERS COULD NOT MAKE A LIVING SO THEY ALSO COULD NOT GIVE FOOD FOR THE CHILDREN. SO THEY RAN AWAY TO BEG FOR MONEY, TO BEG FOR FOOD. WHILE I WAS RIDING THE TRAIN, I ALREADY KNEW I WOULDN’T HAVE A PLACE TO STAY IN BANGKOK. ONCE I ARRIVED AT THE STATION, I MET A WOMAN. SHE WAS COLLECTING BOTTLES FOR RECYCLING, SO I STAYED AND COLLECTED BOTTLES FOR HER IN EXCHANGE FOR MONEY AND FOOD. I WAS SLEEPING ON PLATFORMS 2 AND 3. I KEPT CLIMBING OVER AND UNDER THE TRAINS. IT WAS DANGEROUS. AN OFFICER TOOK ME TO THE POLICE STATION. AT THE POLICE STATION I MET MY OLDER BROTHER, KOP. SOME RATHER IMPORTANT PEOPLE HIGH UP IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE SAID WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO HELP THE CHILDREN NOT JUST PUT THEM IN JAIL. SO WE WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THEM.

AND SAY MAYBE THERE’S A BETTER WAY THAN TO HIT THEM OVER THE HEAD WITH A STICK OR SHOOT THEM WITH A GUN AND THAT’S WHAT WE ALL BELIEVE. SO WE’VE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR YEARS, OUR CHILDREN GO THERE. SOMETIMES OUR STREET WORKERS MEET SOMEONE ON THE STREETS AND THEY’RE NOT READY TO COME HERE OR THEY ARE AFRAID, SO WE SAY GO TO THIS RAILROAD CAR DOWN BY THE RAILROAD STATION. IT’S BY THE RAILROAD STATION BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF CHILDREN IN THAT AREA. HERE IT IS. IT HAS A TAIL TOO. RAISE YOUR SWORD. LOWER YOUR SWORD. ALL THE WAY DOWN. RAISE YOUR SWORD, AGAIN. LIKE THIS, NOT LIKE THIS. THEY WOULD COME HERE ON THE WEEKEND TO STUDY AND PLAY WITH THE TEACHERS. STAND UP! YOU ARE BOTH OUT TOO! WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU GO TO THE LIBRARY TRAIN? READ AND PLAY SOCCER.

I WAS AFRAID. HE SAID HE WOULD TAKE ME TO A PLACE WHERE I COULD STAY. I DIDN’T GO WITH HIM BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID, BUT THEN A FRIEND ENCOURAGED ME TO GO SO I GAVE IT A TRY. I GOT A PLACE TO SLEEP, EAT AND STUDY. MY NAME IS TODSAPORN POHKAEW. MY NICKNAME IS OP. I WENT TO LIVE THERE AND I MET MOTHER MAM. SHE IS A RAILROAD POLICE OFFICER. SHE ASKED ME IF I WANTED TO STUDY. I SAID, “YES.” I WAS VERY EXCITED THAT I COULD KEEP STUDYING, BE EDUCATED AND BE ABLE TO GRADUATE. MY NAME IS MING JATHONG. I WAS BORED AND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO. SO I WENT IN. THERE WERE HOMELESS KIDS. THERE WERE BOOKS TO READ, TOYS AND GAMES TO PLAY AS WELL AS A COMPUTER. I READ AND PLAYED WITH THE COMPUTER. I KNOW THAT THEY CARE FOR US, AND WANT US TO HAVE A GOOD EDUCATION. WHAT IS 50 BAHT PLUS 20 BAHT? 70 BAHT.

YOU’RE GOOD. HOW DID YOU KNOW? IF YOUR FRIEND HAS 50 BAHT AND YOU BORROW 20 BAHT, HOW MUCH MONEY DOES YOUR FRIEND HAVE LEFT? 30 BAHT. VERY GOOD. MY NAME IS JAKARIN WANGVIBOONCHAI. MY NICKNAME IS TAO. THEY ASKED ME IF I WOULD COME EVERY DAY. I DID. SEVERAL POLICE VOLUNTEERS WERE THERE TO GUIDE AND HELP US. THEY WERE KIND. MY NAME IS PORNCHAI WONGPRACHA. MY NICKNAME IS KOP. I USED TO LIVE AT THE LIBRARY TRAIN. WE SLEPT IN AN EMPTY TRAIN CAR AT NIGHT THAT THE OFFICERS PROVIDED FOR US. I FELT GOOD AND SAFE AT THE LIBRARY TRAIN BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE TO LEAVE AND GO OUTSIDE AND I DIDN’T NEED MUCH. KOP AND KIET HAD PROBLEMS IN THEIR FAMILY. WE SENT THEM BOTH TO WORK AT HUA LAMPHONG BECAUSE THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE KIDS. NOW I WORK AS A JANITOR, CLEANING THE TRAINS. MY ADOPTED FATHER FOUND ME THE JOB. HE INTRODUCED ME TO THE OWNER OF ASIA CLEANING. I FEEL GOOD HAVING A JOB.

THEY HAVE JOBS AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEMSELVES. THEY EARN AND KNOW HOW TO SPEND AND SAVE MONEY. THEY STILL COME BACK TO VISIT US. BY HELPING THEM FIND JOBS, WE ARE LIKE THEIR GUARDIANS. NOWADAYS, THEY ARE NO LONGER ON THE STREETS. THEY HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE AND TO WORK. WE HELPED THEM GET BACK ON TRACK. I FEEL VERY PROUD OF THESE TWO KIDS. SOMETIMES WHEN THE KIDS CREATE DISTURBANCES, WE ARE ABLE TO HELP CONTROL THEM. MOST OF OUR ACTIVITIES ARE READING, WRITING AND TRAINING THEM TO SPEAK POLITELY, WHICH HELPS REDUCE AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR. WHAT IS THIS SYMBOL? GIVE ME THE CORRECT ANSWER. CIGARETTE! CIGARETTE! IT LOOKS LIKE THIS SYMBOL. CIGARETTE. CIGARETTES ARE ILLEGAL. DO NOT… DO NOT WHAT? DO NOT SMOKE! PIN IS A SMART GIRL. SHE WOULD COME HERE ALMOST EVERY DAY. WHEN SHE’S HERE, WE CAN TEACH HER, ESPECIALLY HOW TO COMMUNICATE AND MANNERS. SHE’S A PRETTY ROUGH GIRL. IT’S OUR JOB AS POLICE OFFICERS/TEACHERS TO SHAPE THEIR PERSONALITIES. NOW THAT PIN’S OLDER, SHE’S GETTING BETTER. SHE LISTENS TO US MORE.

TEACHER, HOW DO YOU READ THIS? WHICH ONE? GRASS FIELD. GRASS FIELD. EYE. BIG. ELEPHANT. BEAR. MY NAME IS PIN. I LIVE HERE. WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR. PIN’S PARENTS ARE CURRENTLY IN JAIL FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING. SHE AND HER BROTHER ARE BEING RAISED BY HER AUNTIES AND UNCLE. THIS IS WHERE I SLEEP. THIS IS WHERE MY PARENTS SLEEP. AND THIS IS MY UNCLE’S. THIS IS MY TWO AUNTS’ AND THIS IS MY BROTHER’S. BATHROOM AND KITCHEN AND THIS IS TO WASH DISHES. AND THIS IS WHERE WE EAT. LET ME PLAY… WHY ARE YOU SO STINGY? SCHOOL IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE I GET TO LEARN. AND I CAN STUDY AND BECOME SMART. BECAUSE I WANT TO GAIN KNOWLEDGE. HERE WE ARE AT THE YODSE COMMUNITY, WHICH IS NEAR THE LIBRARY TRAIN. THESE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE MONEY TO BUY A HOUSE SO WHEN THEY FIND AN EMPTY LOT, THEY MAKE IT THEIR HOME. SOME HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME. IT’S ILLEGAL TO LIVE IN THIS AREA, BUT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO HELP THE POOR PEOPLE.

YOU CAN LIVE HERE IF YOU DON’T BOTHER THE NEARBY COMMUNITY. THESE KIDS PLAYING HERE ARE FROM THE FAMILIES AROUND HERE. THE KIDS WE FIND AT HUA LAMPHONG ARE KIDS WITHOUT HOMES. THE YODSE CHILDREN ARE YOUNGER. THEY RANGE FROM 6 TO 10 YEARS OLD. SOMETIMES WE RECEIVE CLOTHING DONATIONS THAT WE DISTRIBUTE TO THEM. THEN THEY ALL ARE HAPPY. I’M GLAD THAT THEY ARE HERE TO HELP US. WHEN WE DON’T HAVE FOOD, WE CAN ASK FOR THEIR HELP. WHAT DO YOU WANT THE POLICE TO DO FOR YOU? WOULD YOU LIKE THEM TO TEACH YOU OR…? MAGIC. HUH? TO TEACH MAGIC TRICKS? AND BUY US FOOD. CHILDREN NEED MOTIVATION TO LEARN. BESIDES TEACHING THEM TO READ AND WRITE, WE FIND THEM ACTIVITIES TO DO OR TO PLAY. I LEARNED MAGIC SO THAT I COULD SHOW THEM AND TEACH THEM. THEY REALLY LIKE IT.

WHEN THE CHILDREN LEARN THE MAGIC TRICKS, THEY DEMONSTRATE THEM TO THEIR FRIENDS. WHO LOVES THE TEACHER? RAISE YOUR HAND! LOWER YOUR HAND. WHO’S IN FIRST GRADE? RAISE YOUR HAND. LOWER YOUR HAND. IT’S GOING TO MULTIPLY. WATCH CAREFULLY! WATCH CAREFULLY! ONE, TWO… LOOK! ONE, TWO, THREE… LOOK! GIVE ME THE MONEY BACK! SEE! THERE’S MONEY IN THERE. THOSE WHO ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS WILL GET THE MONEY IN THIS CAGE. I THINK THAT RAILROAD POLICE WON’T… …WON’T ARREST CHILDREN. I HAVE MY OWN FAMILY AND I HAVE A SON. I FEEL HAPPY BECAUSE THOSE KIDS ARE LIKE MY OWN KID. THE WAY I LOVE MY SON IS THE SAME WAY I LOVE THOSE KIDS. ON MY DAY OFF, I LIKE TO GO WATCH PERFORMANCES. PERFORMANCES SUCH AS MAGIC SHOWS. THOSE PERFORMANCES THAT HAVE ROBOTS, FOR EXAMPLE. OR ELECTRONIC SHOWS. I HAVE TO FIX THE ROBOT’S ARMS SO THEY CAN MOVE. LEFT ARM UP. RIGHT ARM UP. NOW BEFORE YOU START, YOU HAVE TO GO LIKE THIS. AND LOOK AT MY HEAD, IT HAS TO BE TURNED.

THIS IS HOW YOU WALK. NOTHING IN HERE. KEEP LOOKING. AND HA… THERE’S AN UMBRELLA! SOMETIMES, WE SEND THE KIDS TO THE DAIRY FARMS TO WORK. MY MOTHER WAS VERY POOR; SHE HAD NO MONEY TO BUY FOOD. MY GRANDFATHER ADOPTED ME AND TOOK CARE OF ME. THEN HE DIED AND I WAS ALL ALONE. SO I CAME TO LOOK FOR WORK. I WAS DOING THE CHINESE LION DANCE. I SLIPPED AND FELL. THEN MY MEMORY BECAME VERY POOR. I HAVE SCARS ALL OVER MY HEAD. FRIENDS BULLIED ME A LOT. MY FRIENDS PUSHED ME TO DO DRUGS. I GOT INTO DRUGS. THE POLICE HANDCUFFED ME. I ASKED THEM WHY THEY PUT ME IN HANDCUFFS. THEY SAID IT WAS BECAUSE I SNIFFED GLUE AND IT’S AGAINST THE LAW. I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO SAY. SO I GOT ARRESTED AND SENT TO JAIL. I WAS IN JAIL BEFORE THEY SENT ME TO THE FARM. I MET JARAN AT THE TRAINING CENTER IN MUA LEK. I HEARD THERE WERE HOMELESS CHILDREN WHO NEEDED HELP.

THEY WERE ALREADY TRAINED TO TAKE CARE OF COWS. JARAN WAS THE ONLY ONE LEFT. THE OTHER 50 GRADUATES FROM THE PROGRAM WERE ALREADY TAKEN. HE WAS THE LAST ONE AND PERHAPS NOT THE BEST ONE. HIS BODY IS NOT STRONG, HIS HEALTH IS NOT GOOD. HE DIDN’T HAVE ANY EDUCATION. HE’S ILLITERATE. HE ONLY HAS VERY SHORT-TERM MEMORY. WHEN YOU TEACH HIM TO DO SOMETHING, A DAY OR TWO LATER, HE FORGETS. MY LIFE IS DIFFICULT. I NEVER HAD ANYONE I COULD RELY ON UNTIL I MET FATHER. NOW I FEEL I CAN SLEEP WELL. HE LOVES ME LIKE ONE OF HIS GODSONS. THIS IS WHERE I SLEEP. THIS IS MY BED. WHEN WE FIND VERY YOUNG CHILDREN WHO RAN AWAY FROM HOME OR HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THEIR FAMILIES, WE SEND THEM RIGHT TO THE MERCY CENTER BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO YOUNG. AND THEIR DECISION MAKING IS NOT AS GOOD AS OLDER KIDS’. WE DON’T HAVE EDUCATION FACILITIES FOR THEM. WE CAN ONLY PROVIDE PRELIMINARY HELP. MERCY CENTER HAS EVERYTHING NEEDED TO PROVIDE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. KHLONG TOEY IS MY HOME, THIS IS A SACRED PLACE, THIS IS WHERE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE LIVE AND SOME PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE POOR, BUT THEY’RE NOT POOR, THEY DON’T HAVE MUCH MONEY, THEY HAVE THEIR FAMILIES AND THEY HAVE THEIR COMMUNITIES AND I’M VERY HONORED TO LIVE HERE.

MY NAME IS LEK. I’VE BEEN LIVING HERE FOR 7 YEARS. THIS IS MY HOUSE. THESE ARE MY DAUGHTERS, KANUN AND NUMWAN. CAN YOU HELP ME WITH MY DRESS? THIS AREA IS VERY CLOSE TO THE PORT AUTHORITY WHERE POOR PEOPLE COULD FIND SOME WORK THERE. THEY TRIED TO BUILD THEIR OWN HOUSES. THE LAND DOES NOT BELONG TO THEM. THEY ARE STILL UNDER THE EVICTION. THE SCHOOL ENTRANCE IS OVER THERE. THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO LIVE HERE AND BIG PEOPLE AND LITTLE PEOPLE AND SICK PEOPLE AND WELL PEOPLE, EVERYBODY IS WELL, NOW SOME ARE NOT VERY WELL PHYSICALLY AND SOME ARE GOING TO DIE BUT IT’S A GOOD PLACE TO DIE AND IT’S A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE. I CAME HERE BECAUSE IT WAS A RELIGIOUS OBEDIENCE SO THE CHURCH SAID, “WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO GO TO THAILAND.” NOW THE REASON IS, THEY SAID, “WELL HE’S A TROUBLE MAKER, HE ASKS TOO MANY QUESTIONS.

“SO WE WENT HERE OVER THERE, WE’RE SURE HE’LL BE A GOOD PRIEST BUT BETTER OVER THERE.” THERE’S NO GREEN GRASS IN THE SLUMS. THERE’S NO GREEN GRASS SO WE HAVE GREEN GRASS AND THEY WALK BAREFOOT. WE DON’T ALLOW THEM TO WEAR THEIR SHOES. THEY WALK BAREFOOT ON THE GRASS SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO WALK ON GRASS. AND WE HAVE SAND, WE HAVE A SAND BOX. WE BRING ANOTHER TRUCK LOAD OF SAND ABOUT EVERY 3 WEEKS. I DON’T KNOW HOW IT DISAPPEARS. BUT THEY PLAY FOR HOURS IN THE SAND, LIKE WE ALL DID. AND IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE LEARNING TOOL. AND THERE’S TREES, WE GOT THE MOST TREES HERE. AND IN THE BACK OF ALL OF KLONG TOEY, OF ALL OF THE SLUMS, SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT A TREE LOOKS LIKE. THEY CAN BE IN AN ENVIRONMENT AND THEY’LL GROW UP LIKING AND LOVING FLOWERS AND GREEN THINGS, SO NECESSARY, SO NECESSARY. I MET OP AT THE LIBRARY TRAIN BECAUSE HE CAME WITH HIS FRIEND.

HIS FRIEND, WHO IS ALREADY IN OUR PROJECT, INVITED HIM. SO WE HAD A TALK AND HE TOLD ME HE RAN AWAY FROM HOME. HIS FATHER PHYSICALLY ABUSED HIM. HERE’S OP’S FILE. HE WAS PART OF THE RAILROAD STREET PROJECT. OP LIKES TO STUDY AND HE HASN’T HAD TOO MUCH STREET EXPERIENCE, SO WE SENT HIM TO THE MERCY CENTER IMMEDIATELY. I WAS AT HUA LAMPHONG BEGGING FOR MONEY TO BUY FOOD. YOU WERE HOMELESS? YES. WHAT MADE YOU GO TO THE STREETS? MY PARENTS… SOME ISSUES AT HOME. YOU HAD SOME ISSUES AT HOME? YES. IT’S GOOD HERE. I HAVE FRIENDS AND HAVE THE CHANCE TO STUDY. THE WORSE WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS “PITY”, YOU KNOW, YOU “PITY THEM”, YOU DON’T PITY BECAUSE SEE THAT MAKES YOU IMPORTANT AND THEM DOWN HERE, WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER AND THE KIDS ARE OUR TEACHERS, THEY TEACH US.

THEY ARE THE GURUS, THEY ARE THE ONE WHO TEACH US ABOUT SUFFERING AND ABOUT TOLERANCE AND ABOUT LAUGHTER. BUT YOU SEE YOU HAVE TO SAY TO ANY CHILD, WE RESPECT YOU AND WE ARE HERE AND WHEN OUR CHILDREN RUN AWAY OR COME BACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND THE POLICE BRING THEM WE DON’T SAY ANYTHING WE JUST SAY, “DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO EAT? “GO UP AND TAKE A BATH AND CLEAN UP “AND WE’LL TALK ABOUT IT IN THE MORNING. WE’RE SO HAPPY YOU’RE HOME, WE’RE SO HAPPY YOU’RE HOME.” AND WE ARE WELL ENOUGH CONNECTED. SO IF A KID IS BEAT UP THEN WE DEAL WITH THAT, NOBODY SLAPS OUR KIDS AROUND AND WE ARE A FAMILY. IF SOMEBODY HURTS ONE OF OUR KIDS, WE GO AND DEAL WITH IT, IF ONE OF OUR GIRLS ARE BEAT UP OR USED WE TALK TO THE OTHER BOYS, WE TALK TO THE GANG, ‘CAUSE THEY DESERVE THAT, THEY DESERVE THAT. THEY HAVE TO HAVE THE SAFETY AND FREEDOM. SO THAT’S PRETTY MUCH THE ESSENCE OF IT ALL AND THAT’S WHAT WE ARE.

AND THEY SAY, “WELL, WE’RE THUGS, WE’RE GANGSTERS.” NO, WE’RE NOT! WE’RE AN OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY. ALL THE TEACHERS ARE NICE. AND ALL THE KIDS ARE NOT BEING BAD. WE ARE NOT BEING BAD AND WE LIKE TO GO TO SCHOOL. WE LIKE TO GO TO SCHOOL. THIS IS MOMMY. MERCY CENTER WAS FUN. WHERE ARE YOU? HERE! [MUSIC] [MUSIC] THEIR MOM IS IN JAIL. SHE HAS BEEN IN JAIL FOR 2 YEARS. SHE HAD A FIGHT. THAT’S WHY SHE’S IN JAIL. IT IS DIFFICULT (BEING A SINGLE DAD) BECAUSE I HAVE TO WAKE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING. I HELP NOON AND WAN GET DRESSED AND GET READY FOR SCHOOL. I WORK AT THE PORT. I’M DOING LABOR WORK AT THE PORT. I DON’T HAVE ANY FREE TIME. IT’S TIRING. “DAD…I’M BLEEDING.” “WHERE?” “IS IT A LOT?” “YES, A LOT.” “I WANT MY SHOES. “THE GREEN SHOES.” DO YOU MISS YOUR MOM? I MISS HER.

WHEN IS SHE COMING OUT? SHE WILL BE COMING OUT ON MAY 28. ON THE 28TH? THAT’S SOON. MAY 28 IS ONLY TWO MORE MONTHS. GIVE ME ANOTHER KISS. I’M AFRAID OF THE TRAIN AND I’M AFRAID OF THE DARK. IN THE MORNING, I COME AND PLAY OVER HERE AND THERE. AND THE TRAIN COMES BY. IT CARRIES MANY THINGS, SUCH AS OIL AND TRAILERS. I’M AFRAID IT’S GOING TO HIT MY HOUSE. FALL ON MY HOUSE. I’M AFRAID OF THE TRAIN. THE OTHER DAY, A DRUNKEN MAN WAS STANDING OVER THERE. THE TRAIN HIT HIM. HIS HEAD ENDED UP OVER HERE AND HIS LEG GOT RIPPED OFF. I’M IN 3RD GRADE. I’M ATTENDING SAMMAKEE SONGKORG SCHOOL. I WANT TO STUDY AND I WANT TO HAVE MORE KNOWLEDGE. WHICH IS THE CORRECT ANSWER? THIS ONE. 140 PLUS 50. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP? I WANT TO DO TUG-OF-WAR. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? TUG-OF-WAR. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE A NURSE.

WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE A FLIGHT ATTENDANT. I WANT TO GO ON AN AIRPLANE. ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. ALL OVER THE WORLD. I LIKE TO LIVE HERE BECAUSE I’M HAPPY HERE. IT’S FUN. BYE. BYE. KISS. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE NEED TO TEACH THEM IS HOW TO LIVE IN THE SOCIETY HARMONIOUSLY. WE HAVE TO DO AS THE WHOLE STRUCTURE OF THE COUNTRY. HOW WE’RE GOING TO SOLVE THE POVERTY IN THAILAND, EDUCATION, OR THE INCOME OF THE FARMER. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED IN ORDER TO SEE THE WHOLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE STREET CHILDREN. IF OUR SOCIETY, OUR POLITICAL SITUATION, ECONOMIC SITUATION, SOCIAL SITUATION IS WELL MANAGED, THE LESS STREET CHILDREN WE WILL HAVE. THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN THAILAND STILL HAS TO FACE A LOT OF COUP D’ETAT LIKE THIS.

NO HOPE! THE WORLD RIGHT NOW IS NOT VERY KIND TO OUR CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD– THERE’S THIS NEW STUDY ON SLAVERY– THERE’S ALL KIND OF HORRIBLE THINGS SO FOR ALL OF US IS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD. AND MOST OF THE POLITICAL PROBLEMS WILL GO AWAY. IF YOU START THINKING ABOUT CHILDREN, TAKING CARE OF CHILDREN PROPERLY THEN MOST OF THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS WILL GO AWAY. CLOSED CAPTIONED BY: CAPTION AND SUBTITLE SERVICES [MUSIC].

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