Children of the trains

| November 3, 2010

In 1999, a Bangkok railway policeman thought of a way to help the thousands of destitute, despondent and impoverished children left to fend for themselves on the streets.

Now, in the Thailand city, trains are transformed into temporary shelters and learning centres for homeless children, and 10 railway police officers are making it their mission to serve, protect, provide shelter for and educate the children, instead of fighting them in the all too common clashes in the slums of Bangkok between the cops and the youth.

Particularly popular is the library train, equipped with a book collection, toys and computers. It serves as an informal classroom where learning activities take place every
day. The children learn to read and write and to appreciate cleanliness, good health and beauty in a carefully designed and nurturing environment. Visit  www.childrenofthetrains.com to learn more about this project.

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Category: Summer 2010

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