Zoe Child Rescue

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Who is Zoe?

ZOE Child Rescue has been combating child trafficking in Thailand since 2002.  Their approach is to work with the government and law enforcement in Thailand to legally rescue children and shut down the trafficker’s operations.  When rescued, the children stay in Zoe’s safe houses and begin the long process of rehabilitation.  This includes schooling, counselling, mentoring and vocational training.  Zoe’s operations include:

  • aftercare to 115 children;
  • accommodation for up to 250 children;
  • rehabilitation and counselling;
  • two safe houses for short-term specialized care and witness protection; and
  • educational and vocational programs
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Why are we partnering?

It’s hard to believe that in today’s society, slavery is more prevalent than at any time in history.  Nefarious characters, will visit villages in Myanmar and Laos and convince starving families that their child will be educated and given a job in the city and that they will be able to send money back home.  Typically, these children end up in forced labour on fishing boats, enforced begging in cities or forced prostitution.  Of course the families never see their children again.  People are not goods that they can be bought and sold, so this criminal activity must be stopped.  We are joining the fight with ZOE, to put an end to human trafficking.

Zoe is currently delivering a prevention program, with the support of Entrust Foundation, a friend of Payton Foundation, to educate the vulnerable in their villages to try to stop the inflow of child slaves.

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What are we currently working on?

Zoe’s Vocational Training Program is to equip rescued child trafficking victims with the skills they need to access jobs.  This will reduce their vulnerability to re-trafficking.  This program caters to children who cannot attend regular school because they are still in danger or witness protection, or simply have never attended school so cannot cope with that environment.   9 week training modules in the following vocational tracks represent the top job opportunities in Thailand:

–    Construction (Masonry, Metal, Wood, Maintenance, Mechanical, Business)

–    Office skills (Typing, Microsoft Word/Excel, Language and General office skills);

–    Hospitality (Barista and food service, Cooking, Baking, Business principles).


The first three years of this program was funded by a US benefactor.  Payton’s have committed to the next 2 years (from Oct 2017).  We need $13,750 per quarter to continue to offer this vital program.  Please consider partnering with us to meet this need.

We are also considering establishing an endowment fund.  Please contact us if you are interested in this.

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How can you partner with us?

If you’d like to donate to the Foundation to support our partners, you can make a direct deposit as per the details below.  We value your support and we’re excited to have you on board through this journey.

To make a donation, please transfer using the account details below:

                          Tax deductible:                                               Tax deduction not required:
Name:               Payton Foundation Fund                                Payton Foundation Limited
BSB:                   633 000                                                        633 000
Acc:                   161 570 999                                                 161 161 971

Reference:         Your surname.

Receipt:              Send an email at jason.pater@payton.com.au with your name and address details so we can send you the appropriate receipt.

Get involved

If you’ve been inspired to support this project, please get in touch with the Foundation’s CEO, Jason Pater, to find out more:

Email: jason.pater@payton.com.au
Phone: +61 (0)419 391 790


Phone: (03) 9866 5811 admin@payton.com.au

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