Home of the Swallow is a Christian organization that exists to help disadvantaged women in Thailand, who have had unplanned pregnancies (due to different situations), and are facing cultural, religious, economic, or family pressures to abort or reject their child. Through the provision of opportunities for education, counseling, life-skill training, job-skill training, parenting classes, and spiritual and emotional support within a safe and loving environment, we aim to empower these women to become loving independent mothers to their children. The women will receive the following:
Counseling: Counseling is an integral part of their time at Home of the Swallow. Many of these women have experienced traumatic events in their lives and come from difficult backgrounds and often need professional counseling to help them work through these pains and find wholeness.
Education: With education being very important, we encourage and help the women study and obtain their certificate for basic schooling, if they have not done so already. The women are also taught English (or Thai if they cannot read or write), as well as other comprehension skills in order to equip them to find suitable employment. If they have completed their basic education and have a desire to seek further formal education, we do our best in assisting them to make their dreams a reality.
Life-Skill Training: The women are taught simple life skills such as cooking, cleaning, hygiene, self-care, and how to have healthy relationships. In addition to the basics, we also see it to be important tools for the women to learn time management, positive decision-making, how to budget for a household, budget personally, and even how to share what they have with others in need.
Job-Skill Training: Before the women start working, they are taught many important skills for the workplace, such as responsibility, integrity, and money management. After about 3 months (depending on the woman’s progress), the women are required to work part time Monday through Friday, whether that be a respectable job in the community or making on handicrafts at home. We seek to give the girls healthy experiences, encourage a good work ethic, and give a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.
Parenting Training: The women are taught basic parenting skills such as child health and nutrition, child development, appropriate discipline, and most importantly, how to spend good time with and love their child deeply.
Safe Environment: The women and children live together in a house under the supervision of our housemother. Many of the women come from dangerous and unhealthy situations, so to have a safe and loving place for them to call home is absolutely curtail to their rehabilitation. So, the location of the home will not be widely disclosed.
Spiritual and Emotional Support: As a Christian organization, we offer opportunities for the women to know God. We are connected to a local church they are able to attend, have weekly Bible studies, and often come together to worship, encourage, and pray for one another. We do not force Christianity upon them, but allow them to make the decision for themselves. Regardless of belief, we are a family and see the importance of encouraging one another and walking along side of each other in our journeys.
For those already on the path to independent living, we provide a safe, educational, and affordable daycare for their children to attend while they go to work. We want to see their children learn, develop, and grow to reach their greatest potential and have a promising life, where they can not only thrive, but can help others in their community as well.
Fundamental to the work of HOS, it is our belief that true, transforming change can only take place with a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. So, it is our desire to see these women firmly established in healthy and growing communities of faith where God is their center. With this, we hope that they are able to experience more of God’s love, share that love with others by serving their community, and glorify God in all that they say and do.