In 2008 it was estimated that 2.7 million people were newly infected with HIV, approximately 2.3 million adults and 430.000 children under 15 years of age(UNAIDS, 2009). It appears that little is known about the stories of family members caring for children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. This Participatory Action Research study aimed to explore this situation and identify how families’ accommodate what effect it has on Thai family structure and to work alongside some of these families to identify action to address issues they raise. The study’s method comprised one-to-one interviews with families; PAR group discussion; field notes and a reflective diary. This paper reports on the preliminary findings of the first phase of the study in which its ten participants from five families recounted their stories. The most general concern included that caregivers were elderly, experiencing financial distress and sometimes unable to access social welfare. In addition, the orphans experienced community stigmatization, were often excluded from school and had few or no friends.
8th ALARA World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning. Proceedings of the Eighth World Congress 2010: Participatory Action Research and Action Learning: Appreciating Our Complex Pasts, Comprehending Our Complex Presents, Prefiguring Our Possible Futures (Melbourne 6-9 September, 2010)