Thai indie band Playground travelled to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand last week to visit stateless communities. The lads got hands on with Plan's work and helped a community build a water pump and paint an early childhood care centre before meeting stateless girls to hear their stories. There was even time for a mini-concert.
They were so touched by what they saw and heard that they've decided to write a song about the experience that they will play at a special concert on 14 October at Central World in Bangkok. The concert will be held to mark the launch of Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign.
There are more than 1,000,000 stateless people in Thailand and 2/3 of them are children. These children have not had their births registered and therefore they do not have an official identity. That means they will grow up in a world in which they will struggle to access education, healthcare, jobs or even the right to travel freely from place to place.
We think it's about time for Thailand and other countries to Count Every Child. Unless children's births are registered, the issue of statelessness will continue to affect Asia's most marginalised groups.
Photos by Plan/Daza Pholek