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There are more than 10,000 children living on the streets in Thailand. Through the on-going efforts of volunteers from the Railway Police Force, the homeless youth of Bangkok are being sheltered, educated and cared for in renovated railway train cars. As teachers, mentors, and often surrogate families to the children, the police officers are hoping to transform these "hopeless" street kids into determined youths with opportunities.

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Directed and produced by Barbara Grandvoinet.

Learn more about the full-length documentary "Children of the Trains."

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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Segment 1

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There are more than 10,000 street kids in Thailand.
FATHER JOE [Pastor, Mercy Center]
The home situation is so bad and so awful and so horrible, they can't survive. They can't exist at home. They're being abused, and the only place they've got to run is the street, and the street is much safer, is much better, then it is at home. That’s why they're there. No one wants to live on the streets. That's why they leave. They can't stay at home anymore. They'll die. They will literally die or be killed if they stay at home, so they've got to run to the streets, to survive, to live.
MING 1 [Train Child]
Living on the street was difficult. I slept under the bridge. I was afraid.
JARAN [Train Child]
I was abandoned in a trash bin. My grandfather found me. He adopted me and took care of me. Then he died, and I was all alone. I got into drugs.
KIET [Train Child]
My parents beat me, so I ran away from home when I was 13.
MING 2
I was at the train station begging for money to buy food. I went to live there, and I met Mother Mam. She is a railroad police officer.
MAM [Police-teacher]
The street-side project is run by volunteers from the police division. We take care of kids who have less opportunities.
CHATCHAI [Police-teacher]
We have to help and take care of the passengers as well as working with the street kids. Most of our activities are reading, writing, and training them to speak politely, which help reduce aggressive behaviors.
CHATCHAI
What is this symbol? Give me the correct answer.
GIRL
Cigarette!
BOY
Cigarette!
CHATCHAI
It looks like this symbol.
GIRL
Cigarette. Cigarettes are illegal.
CHATCHAI
Do not ... do not what?
CHILDREN
Do not smoke!
BOY
I'm glad that they are here to help us. When we don't have food, we can ask for their help.
CHATCHAI
Sometimes [when] we receive clothing donation, we would distribute it to them. They all would be happy. What do you do when you go to the Library Train?
BOY
Read and play soccer.
CHATCHAI
Children need motivation to learn. Besides teaching them to read and write, we find them activities to do or to play. I learnt magic so that I can show them and teach them. They really like it. When the children learn the magic tricks, they would demonstrate it to their friends. What to you want the railroad police to do for you?
GIRL
To teach us to be smart.
GIRL
Teacher, how do you read this?
CHATCHAI
Which one? Grass field. Grass field.
GIRL
Grass field.
MING 2
It's good here. I have friends and have the chance to study.
MING 1
I know that they care for us, and want us to have a good education.
JARAN
I never had anyone I could rely on until I met Father.
KIET
My adopted father found me a job.
FATHER JOE
These kids are survivors. They wouldn't end up here if they were not survivors, so we're very lucky, we're very honored to work with them.
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From the documentary Children of the Trains www.childrenofthetrains.com
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[end credits]