World Concern Bangkok Staff Safe Amidst Violence

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

 World Concern is a ministry of CRISTA, located in Shoreline
From Derek T. Sciba

World Concern’s Asia office in Bangkok will remain closed for the rest of the week, barring an improvement in security within the city. Large political riots forced the office to close late last week, but World Concern’s staff in Thailand is safe. Key staff members are able to work from home. The Bangkok office is the base of operations in Asia, supporting World Concern’s work in seven countries.

The political unrest has caused us to delay a child trafficking prevention training seminar, but all other activities are continuing.

“World Concern’s work will go on regardless of how this plays out,” said Merry Fitzpatrick, senior director of technical support. “Our staff are trained to handle this kind of situation. We’re focused on serving the poor throughout Asia.”

If the violence in Bangkok continues, it is possible to temporarily shift some essential functions to another country in which World Concern works. Staff members both in the Bangkok office and at the Seattle headquarters are watching how the situation develops and are adjusting plans accordingly.

Every year, World Concern helps lift people out of poverty through activities including microfinance, agriculture, disaster response and small business development. World Concern works with the poor in 24 countries, with the goal of transforming the lives of those we touch, leading them on a path to self-sustainability.
Across the globe, World Concern offers life, opportunity and hope to more than six million people.


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