By providing those in our program with opportunities for education, life skills and personal development, each project offers early intervention of those most at-risk for human trafficking with a wide range of risk factors including poverty, domestic instability, history of abuse and statelessness. Benefactors also benefit from a wide range of alternative educational programmes and vocational trainings to further reduce their likelihood of entering exploitative situations.
DEPDC also increases the awareness of human trafficking, child rights protection, and the importance of education, in both its target group and within its networks and in the community at large. DEPDC also works diligently to actively engage members of the community through outreach and networking so that teachers, village leaders, family and community members, and the government itself also works to combat the social problems plaguing the region.
It is worthy to note that the empowerment and prevention-based projects can impact families and communities of the participants in indirect ways. Already, many participants have indicated a willingness to share their experience and anti-human trafficking knowledge with their siblings, friends and communities. DEPDC and M-CRP believe projects supporting youth hold the greatest long-term potential to build strong communities that are active in protecting, educating, and caring for their children. The youth in these communities are empowered to work for change, and they will form the next generation of activists and social workers who will tackle this issue for a truly sustainable intervention.
Volunteers are supported by their Volunteer Co-ordinator who is here to supervise their work as well as look after their well being whilst they are here. Volunteers are given a wide range of tasks to do. Volunteers are also able to initiate small to larger scale projects or initiatives that they are interested in pursuing, given that our daily task can be covered. Volunteers are also welcomed by all staff, there may be a language barrier at first but the more you learn Thai the more you can benefit from this experience. We also include volunteers in many if not all of our events as well as monthly meetings, our half year and end of year meeting.