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Novices AIDS Intervention and Rehabilitation Network (NAIRN) - Thailand

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Introduction

The Novices Aids Intervention and Rehabilitation Network (NAIRN) is a faith-based organisation of novice Buddhist monks, who have been trained as peer educators in HIV- and narcotic-harm reduction. All members are studying in temple schools in Northern Thailand near the Thai-Myanmar border, where illegal drug manufacturing and trafficking is a serious issue. As part of their activities, they conduct outreach work in groups, visiting nearby communities to educate the youth on HIV and harm reduction. Novices reach out to the most marginalized groups, including internally displaced people, orphans, HIV-positive youth and children of illegal immigrants, and act as spiritual leaders by promoting a safe lifestyle as well as providing the youth with emotional support. In addition, the novices equip communities and people living with HIV with income-generating skills, such as organic farming. As these young monks have developed compassion and empathy and incorporate traditional values in their outreach, they are respected by all community members, are able to communicate effectively with the youth and are looked upon as leaders. NAIRN has become a model for other novice monks and monastic schools in the area and has deeply changed the communities it serves.

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Profile in Brief
Organisation
Novices AIDS Intervention and Rehabilitation Network
Region
Asia
Classification
Faith-based Organisation
Field of Work
Prevention
Treatment, Care and Support
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Harm Reduction
Human Rights
Populations Served
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
Youth
Injecting Drug Users (IDUs)
Migrant Workers
Refugees
Founded
2004
Staff
5 full-time, 20 part-time, 200 volunteers
  • Reduction in stigma and discrimination in the communities where NAIRN works.
  • Reduction in drug use.
  • Increased awareness of harm reduction methods.
  • Economic stability and self-sufficiency of the community members NAIRN reaches out to. 
  • Application of traditional and religious values in confronting and solving problems
  • Increase in the number of children and youth attending school.
  • Greater community collaboration in preventing and/or solving social problems.
  • Greater integration and harmony in the community.


Partnerships

  • Sangha Metta Project
  • Wat Kong Lom Pariyathi Seuksa School
  • Novices Learning Center
  • Sang Chewit Mai Support Group for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Contact

E-mail:
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Phone:  66 871873212
Address: Wat Kong Lom Pariyathi Seuksa School
Wiang Haeng District
Chiang Mai
Thailand