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Australian family that's bringing hope to the slums

A married couple who live in Klong Toey have been integral in several programmes aimed at boosting locals' self-esteem and helping them escape the stigma of one of Bangkok's most notorious communities, which they nonetheless call home

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  • Newspaper section: Spectrum
  • Writer: Henry Zwartz
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Bangkok's Klong Toey district is not the first place most foreigners think of when considering a trip to Thailand. But for one Australian family, the slum community that's regarded by locals as a hotbed of crime and drugs, was the natural choice. And it's now the place they call home. 

CAREFREE: Children play at the Klong Toey Community Centre.

Anji Barker, a social worker from Melbourne, moved to Klong Toey 11 years ago. She lives there with her Australian husband Ash, her nine-year-old son Aiden and two eight-year-old Thai foster sons, Film and Tan.

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