Crisis Support / Emergency House

MAP strives to support migrants who are facing crises. While in a middle of a crisis, often without family support and at risk of losing their accommodation if unable to work, it can be an extremely intimidating process for migrants to navigate the governmental systems in Thailand, with complicated bureaucratic procedures, language barriers and high costs. MAP helps to direct migrants in the health care system, likewise providing interpreters for the hospitals and visiting those in need. This project has been running since MAP’s very beginning,over 15 years ago. The Crisis Support Officer isnow well known in the migrant community. Information is given through a hotline called “The migrants line” and home visits are done to give support.

From 1996 to 2013 MAP managed an Emergency House called Ban 60. Baan 60 had to close due to a lack of funds. The centre was a place for people in need to recover from illness or long term hospital treatment,  somewhere they could stay while regaining physical and mental strengths.

The Emergency House opened in response to hospitalsrequest. Migrants who become ill or face other emergenciesand are in need of safe accommodation and care, often consequently lose both their jobs and accommodation because they live at the work place. The emergency house has helped more than 1 500 people throughout the years. People usually stayed one to two months and the house was able to host 30-40 migrants at a time. In addition to general care, the emergency house used to hold Thai classes and activities for children, workshop on HIV AIDS, family planning, etc.

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