For the past decade and half, The Family International have been involved in a lot of drug awareness and prevention programs in Thailand. Several activities to achieve this goal have been organized and held. Activities such as concerts, seminars and therapeutic group activities have been held in places such as schools, college, rehabilitation and juvenile detention centers and we have reached out to thousands through this medium. The Family International have identified that one of the most effective method of approach is combining drama and music in the drug and anti-narcotics awareness campaign. We provide activities that assists youths and youngsters to integrate back into the society and live a productive life subsequently.
In 100 cities spread across India the Family International today, works with more than 3000 deaf youths. This project began about 20 years ago. Our activities among the deaf youths includes:
• Establishing deaf clubs in 64 cities. These clubs assist the deaf to learn sign language and practical life skills
• Conduct personality development program each week.
• Provide training in entrepreneurial skills
• Provide health workshop
• Provide computer training and job placements
• Provide pre-post marital counselling for the deaf
• Organize sport events, quiz competitions and other cultural events
• Provide legal aid
Immediately after the December 2004 tsunami which hit the Southeast region of Asia. The Family International swung into action. The natural disaster brought a lot of grief, devastation, confusion and pain to the survivors. The needs of the people were enormous as government and the whole world mobilized to assist the people.
Within a day, a team of Family International volunteers were in the disaster site to provide assistance, while another team stayed back to collect and send donated goods to the disaster area. However, the most important service rendered by the Family was the counselling offered to traumatize survivors who are made up of adults and children. In addition, The Family International also served as cooks, caregivers and in other capacities within this period.
In Indonesia the Family International in collaboration with local authorities and educators presented a lot of seminars. The purposes of these seminars are;
• To instruct parents and teachers on the need for character building and early learning
• Provide important instructions on the education that is lively and fun and includes practical trainings.
• Provide a variety of audio visual materials and emphasize the use of these materials in the education of children
• Demonstrate the use of these materials in effective teaching.
Family International is steadfast in its belief that focusing on development of children is the best way for a better tomorrow. With this belief, they provide emotional as well as educational support to such children from underprivileged backgrounds. They believe that such children should have a level playing field to enable them to enjoy life better.
Teaching or training a person is the best way for helping to develop a society. Instilling good values of kindness, concern, as well as courtesy in the aim of TFI in India. The volunteers provide motivational training and include team-building sessions as well in their seminars for professionals as well as office workers.
This endeavor started more than 20 years back and to date the Family works with more than 3000 hearing impaired youth all over the country by conducting weekly programs. Now about 64 cities have Deaf Clubs. The youth can learn things such as sign language as well as other practical skills, receive entrepreneurial training as well as participate in health workshops. They also offer marriage counseling and computer training. By placing them in good jobs and offering legal aid as well, TFI members are playing a large role in improving the lifestyle of the deaf. In addition, they also conduct activities such as quiz contests and cultural events.
India has had its share of disasters such as the Gujarat Earthquake, Orissa Cyclone, as well as the Tsunami in 2004. In fact, the Tsunami was one of the worst disasters in India. The tsunami affected the state of Tamil Nadu rendering thousands of people dead or homeless. Family International volunteers have played a great part in the rehabilitation of the victims. They have taken part in providing relief distribution, building schools, providing emotional support, as well as 159 boats to the fishermen. The Family still works with the victims to this day.