The Sangklaburi Safe House is located in central Thailand in Choung Loo / Huai Malai 400 kilometres northwest from Bangkok.The Safe House is a community health residential facility and treatment clinic for displaced and stateless people who have health issues such as HIV/AIDS, Mental Health and terminal illnesses. Since the Safe House opened, over 1600 people have been able to return to a independent life.
The Sangklaburi Safe House was established in 1992 when migrant workers were routinely deported to the border near Huay Malai. The increasing number of physically and mentally ill people who were placed at the border had inadequate supports to guide them back to good health. The Safe House took care of them until they were well enough to return to their families in Burma.
Over the years there have been changes to how deportees are processed. Today people are deported directly to the Burmese authorities at the Three Pagoda Pass. Because of this the number of deportees admitted to The Safe House has declined in recent years. The Safe House continues to support a number of residents with complex needs. Most of these people are stateless, many have no idea where they are from and would be unable to survive without the twenty-four hour support and care provided by the Safe House staff.
The Safe House provides a valuable service to the community. The community of Huay Malai recognise the Safe House as a service that they want continued. Community members/leaders and health professionals recognise that people living in the Sangklaburi province and specifically Huay Malai are compromised by poverty, social exclusion and under or unemployment.
As the burden of disease remains high and short term hospital treatment is only available to those who are able to pay, the Safe House now provides a facility for longer term treatment, rehabilitation and vocational training.
The Safe House is fuelled by human resilience and the pursuit of quality of life. The staff facilitate the recovery journey with the residents through the provision of support, food and medical care whilst empowering through information, education and providing opportunities for self sustainment and income provision.