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    Bangkok Video: Children of the Trains

    While looking for videos to upload to my YouTube channel I came across this trailer. It's for a documentary called "Children of the Trains", made in 2007 by Rown Productions, a US production company.

    I'm sure most of us have seen the shanty-towns and slums along the railway line leaving Hualamphong Station in Bangkok and though about what life must be like for people there. I've noticed the children in the stations and along the tracks but never really thought much about how they lived. This documentary describes their lives and the efforts of the Thai Railway Police to house, feed, and educate them. This is a side of Bangkok life and an aspect of the police I know very little about and I want to share it here.

    The website for the documentary, with more details of the story, is at Children of the Trains documentary The producers are currently looking for donations to help the children and to produce a new documentary following up on what's happened to the children since 2007.

    This documentary presents an inspiring story of transformation: Where junk-yard train cars become locations of learning and abandoned street children become hopeful youth.

    What began in 1991 as one man's effort to care for a few children who lived on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand has become a collective effort by the Railway Police to serve, protect, shelter, and educate homeless children living in Bangkok.

    The film follows the daily encounters of the street children and the cops.
    It brings to light the daily struggle the cops face to feed, clothe, and educate the children, and the battle to make their teaching sustainable for the children and for themselves.
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    Yes, a sad and unfortunate circumstance. As far back as 1997 I've thought about walking the track in the same area that the video was taken to do a still photo documentary of the poverty and circumstances of the young. I'm guessing I'm like so many others when it comes to having the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrum. Possibly I'll be able to correct that one day.
    "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff....and it is all small stuff"

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    This is the section of the Railway Police website (in Thai) describing their project to help these children;

    Teachers, Police, Street Projects

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    awesome find Drbob, thanks

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    yes, very nice. I see a lot of those poor 5yr old kids in those trash trolley collecting garbage with their parents, quite sad

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    There but for the grace of god, go I.

    By hapless luck of birth I don't go through that. I hope that cop is jai dii neung roy percent. I bet he is.

    I know some law enforcement and military guys from where I lived in the states. They are great guys for the most part. And I can tell you, the term 'naval intelligence' is NOT an oxymoron. Those guys are super human brains on legs. It's believable that this police effort is sincere.

    Thanks DrBOb, and sorry about your hovercraft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by king of uranus View Post

    sorry about your hovercraft.
    No worries. The neighbours make a pretty decent soup out of them.

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    Very touching. Nice to see the thoughtful and caring part of humanity at work for a change.

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    Ah, the obligatory English punk t-shirt..."Exploited, barmy army" How apt that the guy is wearing that....beggers belief...NO PUN INTENDED.. seriously.

    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    I'm guessing I'm like so many others when it comes to having the "out of sight, out of mind" syndrum. Possibly I'll be able to correct that one day.
    How very honest of you...I too have witnessed this sorry 'state' of affairs these people live in. Thaksin and other previous governments did a great job...surprised they didn't try to hide them out of the way of the tourists that use the trains????
    Swept under the matt and denied is usually the Thai way.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    This is the section of the Railway Police website (in Thai) describing their project to help these children;
    The Officers that do this should be the head of the police in Thailand...not the corrupt gits that take the positions, oh too frequently..

    A true humanitarian...well done..
    You see the old English abbreviation 'A.C.A.B' often has no merit at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    awesome find Drbob, thanks
    Totally agree...well seeing as there are so many 'wealthy' TDers, how's about someone on here could start something going...or is it the 'pop star' syndrome??? Talk about it but don't do anything yourself??? let alone give any money...
    Cough, cough...too many pop stars names to mention...but I'll sing for free..!!!!

    I would like to say that I could help monetarily, however I am utterly skint just ask Somtamslap.....!!!!! making ends meet these days is hard enough...oh how I've fallen..still I wouldn't give it up for all the tea....
    I have a beautiful wife and child...so I'm also a rich man...

    I imagine that the poor people and children also feel the same...just look at the childrens smiles...

    I have seen more smiling faces on the desperately poor and needy than I have ever seen on a rich/wealthy peoples face...also this is a known fact studied by numerous western countries...Money doesn't bring happiness...however it can help...

    On my last trip out of BKK, I noticed that many of the slums had been and were being cleared...I think for development??
    I do hope that it is maybe to build them new living accomodation...the water and sewerage under their houses unbelievable...the risk of disease must be astronomical....
    However I would be very surprised if that were the case.

    Again Kudos DrB0b for a very insightful piece of reporting and bringing the plight of those that need our help to light...
    There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole
    Totally agree...well seeing as there are so many 'wealthy' TDers, how's about someone on here could start something going...or is it the 'pop star' syndrome??? Talk about it but don't do anything yourself??? let alone give any money...
    Cough, cough...too many pop stars names to mention...but I'll sing for free..!!!!
    I know that many people on here do support charities in Thailand. I don't see any reason why they should say how much money they give though, that would just be seen as bragging or being holier-than-thou. TD is a tough audience for that kind of thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole View Post


    Ah, the obligatory English punk t-shirt..."Exploited, barmy army" How apt that the guy is wearing that....beggers belief...NO PUN INTENDED.. seriously.

    ..
    The Exploited are not English. They are from my home city of Edinburgh.

    There is a charity in the UK called The Railway Children that was set up by workers in the British Rail Industry. It is designed to help kids all over the world who live around Railway Stations.

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    ^ Gash, I cannie stand be'en wrong, ken what I'm saying likesay...doss cnut I am sometimes.

    Thanks for the correction..I used to like their stuff but never knew they were Scottish...good t' know..

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole
    Totally agree...well seeing as there are so many 'wealthy' TDers, how's about someone on here could start something going...or is it the 'pop star' syndrome??? Talk about it but don't do anything yourself??? let alone give any money...
    Cough, cough...too many pop stars names to mention...but I'll sing for free..!!!!
    I know that many people on here do support charities in Thailand. I don't see any reason why they should say how much money they give though, that would just be seen as bragging or being holier-than-thou. TD is a tough audience for that kind of thing
    Great stuff Doc - have seen a little of this further north - amazed to read of the Police involvemenT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    I don't see any reason why they should say how much money they give though, that would just be seen as bragging or being holier-than-thou. TD is a tough audience for that kind of thing
    Never ment that they should declare amounts...just that we all mainly live here and it's great to be able to help people/animals etc.
    I have done my fair share over the time being here and am always informing my students of things we can do that don't involve money or at least very very little.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr R Sole
    On my last trip out of BKK, I noticed that many of the slums had been and were being cleared...I think for development?? I do hope that it is maybe to build them new living accomodation...the water and sewerage under their houses unbelievable...the risk of disease must be astronomical.... However I would be very surprised if that were the case.
    Do we know anything about what is going on with the above???
    I would like to know where these people are going to be housed if their places are to be demolished??? out of sight out of mind for many...

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    Children of the Trains documentary

    Hi,

    I'm the director for the documentary "Children of the Trains" about the wonderful children of Thailand ! Just to keep you updated, we just finished filming the last pick ups shot in January and are now editing ! The documentary should be released in August. We are planning on submitting to various festivals including the Bangkok Film Festival and other Thai venues...Hopefully you'll be able to watch it soon !
    Also, the trailer posted was a fundraising trailer, the new HD trailer can be found at:

    childrenofthetrains.com/trailer.htm
    Thanks for your support !

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    The Huffington Post just wrote an article about the volunteer work of the Library Train railway police. Check it out ! And help the children !

    huffingtonpost.com/toan-lam/children-of-the-trains-vi_b_575928.html

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    Thanks for this DrBob and COTT for coming on to give us more info.

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    for more info or/and updates go to childrenofthetrains.com

    You're welcome Natalie !

    Here is the official website if you want to follow up with what's going on:

    childrenofthetrains.com

    The documentary will hit the American festivals in August and hopfully in Thailand as well ! It will be available on Netflix at some point too.

    The doc tells the story of Bangkok's street children and how the railway police and other social workers are helping them out.

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    Don't forget to help the street children !

    In this time of turmoil in Thailand, don't forget to help the street children !

    childrenofthetrains.com/donate.htm

    They need your help more than ever ! For more info go to: childrenofthetrains.com

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    About Thai Children

    There is something magical about locomotives -- maybe I've watched too many episodes of "Thomas the Train" with my five-year-old nephew, Drew who is entranced by the choo-choo sounds and shiny blue box cars carefully crafted to match the cheery music.
    But for thousands of destitute, despondent and impoverished children left to fend for themselves on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, there is deeper meaning to the real locomotives they call home. The "Library Train" is a heart-wrenching and inspiring story where trains are transformed in temporary shelters and learning centers for homeless children. A special place that inspires and gives hope to many needy children living in the slums of Bangkok.
    In 1999, Railway Police commander Jarumporn Suramanee started a daily three-hour program in Bangkok's train station to teach homeless children the basic life skills they were never taught.
    Soon after, junk-yard box cars were brought back to life and transformed into colorful, learning centers and a temporary shelter, packed with books and activities for many children who had nothing: no family, no friends and no hope. Now, 10 railway police officers are making it their mission to serve, protect, provide shelter 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.
    Jaran, now 17 years-old, was abandoned as an infant and left for dead in a garbage dump. He was later found by his grandfather, who cared for him until he passed away, leaving Jaran homeless with no family, no friends and no support. He had nowhere to go and began to sniff glue to help to escape and forget about the pain. Kittima, a railway police officer found Jaran, brought him back to the Library Train, cared for him and helped him find a job on a dairy farm milking cows as a way to raise money to survive and move beyond his situation. Jaran now refers to Kittima as his mother.
    Meanwhile, Kiet says he ran away from a violent environment, after being brutally beaten by his own family members. He wandered the streets of Bangkok alone in search of food, shelter and hope. He spent much of his time trying to avoid the police -- however, it was a police officer who became his saving grace. One day, while rummaging garbage cans for recyclables, he met Chatchai, a railway cop who promised to take him to a safe place. Kiet was brought to the Library Train where he was reacquainted with his older brother, Kop, who ran away from home years earlier and never thought they would reunite again.


    Check this story on youtube under: childrenofthetrains

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    More videos...about Thai Children....


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