Who We Are
1Step2Step seeks to demonstrate God’s love and care through the work of the staff in valuing and developing the skills of all the children on Rachaprut ward at Bann Fuang Farr Orphanage. Through love, care and therapy, children will develop to their full potential and grow up to be valued Thai citizens with their own individual character and personality.
What We Do
In 2002 I went to Thailand for six weeks with Tearfund. Part of my time there was spent working as a volunteer in Bang Fuang Farr, Thailand’s only government run orphanage for children with special needs, helping children with cerebral palsy. Despite their many difficulties their characters gripped me, and my experience of working there day to day, led me to return for a year in 2004. Again their character and personalities engaged me and working there left me with a lasting impression and a desire to see change for the children. I had previously had some knowledge of a training technique called Portage, by which children with special needs can be helped to develop their full potential in small stages; one step at a time. On my return to England I started to set-up 1Step2Step. The children this project strives to help are abandoned or disabled children whose families cannot care for them. We aim to be an advocate for those longing to show their real character within their disabled body. As with many people with physical disabilities, it’s often forgotten that inside is a person who feels, thinks and loves, but who is often ignored because they struggle to interact in the same way as those who are able-bodied. Sadly many go into emotional shut down just to get through the trauma of being abandoned and the shock of the institutionalised care, often so different to the home life they may have known before. With cerebral palsy affecting their bodies and depression affecting them emotionally you would think the children would give up, but this is not the case with this amazing group. Seeing this group of over seventy children, back in 2004, in one big room lying on mats, cared for by six busy staff, you are taken aback. There was hardly any opportunity to play or interact because the basic needs of the children take all the carers’ time. The need for play and learning had to come as a lower priority. However if you focus in on each individual child and see some with a sparkle in their eye, you connect with one or two and find they have a captivating nature and a great sense of humour. We at 1Step2Step wish to connect with these children and help them reach their full potential. This could be through directed play, which teaches them new skills like feeding e.g. by playing games that improve spoon control for example. It’s well known that children learn through play, and 1Step2Step aims to give the children that time for individual attention. As you mix with the children your heart is gripped and you know you will never forget them. It breaks your heart to think these children will live in this room without families, schooling or the chance to develop into citizens living in the ‘Land of Smiles’. At 1Step2Step we believe that these children deserve more. Each of them has a life to enjoy just as much as you or I. We think they should have the opportunity to learn, develop, experience and live happy lives. They have the resiliency and determination to succeed when encouraged and supported. 1Step2Step aims to give these children their childhood and hope for the future.
PayPal You can donate via PayPal. Just click here and use our email address, info [at] 1step2step.org (replacing the [at] with a @), as the recipient’s email address. You can send your donation by post to: 140 Coulston Road, Lancaster LA1 3AB. Please enclose a donation form with your donation. If you’re a UK tax-payer, your donation can be gift-aided, please remember to fill in the bottom section on the form. Donations can be made in form of one off contributions or as a standing order on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. Giving in a planned way by standing order is the best way to donate to 1Step2Step because it helps us budget and plan for the future. It’s also cheaper, because there are no credit-card transaction fees, and more efficient in terms of time and tax! It also helps you; giving by standing order allows you to budget and manage your giving. And, because it all happens automatically, there’s nothing to think about and no forms to sign or post each month. All donations will be used in the work to support and develop the skills of the children with disabilities in the Thai orphanage. There may be occasions when donations are sought for specific resources or activities. Money raised will be specifically used, with surplus going to the general fund. If you have any queries regarding donations please contact us on 01524 388199. All your help is greatly received and will go to make a difference to the children we aim to serve. Thank you for your generosity. What do we need funds for? The Work in Thailand In the first instance the project’s needs are for funds to have people on the ground in Thailand. This is our priority as the work here is why 1step2step came into existance. Our vision is that in the future we will be able to increase the number of people working with the children in Thailand so we can work with more children. Monthly giving helps to meet our regular commitments. There will also be one off needs for items like equipment and furniture. We hope to be able to afford to have a fund put aside for medical needs for the children and trips or treats for special occasions. If you would like to know about any of these as and when they are needed and about other great stuff happening please contact us and ask to be added to the newsletter email distribution list. 1Step2Step Projects 1Step2Step have had the opportunity from time to time had the opportunity to take on individual projects which are funded through fundraising events and one off donations. These have included sending large containers of equipment to Thailand for use in the local Orphanages and hosting Disability Awareness Tours where members of the Thai authorities have visited the UK to see the practices of how people with disabilities are cared for here, We hope that there are further opportunities for these kind of projects in the future. Administration 1Step2Step has a UK committee of volunteers however, we do have some running costs e.g. insurance and other expenses. These are only a small part of our costs but still rely on the generosity of our monthy contributions as a regular commitment.