The Good Shepherd Home Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing the quality of life of those in need. It educates unregistered refugee children while they await their registration by the UNHCR, Good Shepherd decided to operate an education program in parallel with an existing UNHCR-funded intensive Thai-language training program for the registered children of urban refugees and asylum seekers.
The goal of this program is to prepare those children aged 6-17 with sufficient competency in Thai language that will enable them to enroll into the basic education system, along with lessons in English, Mathematics and Thai Culture, which will be an advantage for them while living in Thailand.
The IVL Foundation has been supporting Good Shepherd since 2019.
The IVL Foundation continues to support the education program and the 5-month vocational program for the unregistered refugee children. In October 2022, the program was successful in supporting 12 students to complete the computer course and two students to complete the beautician course. By December 2022, Good Shepherd supported 97 students in the education program and moved 17 students to study in Thai local schools.
Besides the education program, the IVL Foundation also supported short term vocational training which consists of computer courses, beautician courses and electrician courses for 14 students to help develop their working skills. This would impact positively on their future chances of finding employment either in Thailand, their host countries or their countries of origin. By March 2022, the program was successful in supporting 103 unregistered students and moved 10 students to study in Thai local schools.
The program was successful in supporting 128 unregistered students and moved 21 students to study in Thai local schools, both at primary and secondary levels.
The program was successful in supporting 164 unregistered students and moved 45 students to study in Thai local schools, both at primary and secondary levels.
The IVL Foundation will continue to support this program in 2022.