Goodwill Group Foundation

The mission of Goodwill Group is to improve the quality of life of young Thai women via skills training and career services. The underlying philosophy of our organization is best found in the words of Ruby Manikan, "If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman you educate a family."
Aug 24, 2015

Preparing for a safe and successful future - the past three months at Goodwill

Self-defense at Pomprajullajomklao School
Self-defense at Pomprajullajomklao School

Goodwill runs programs in Bangkok and the Ubon Ratchathani province. Through our Preparing for Success program, disadvantaged women and girls learn the skills they need to build a safe and successful future:

  • Women learn about writing their resume, negotiating their salary and presenting themselves at a job interview.
  • Girls learn about the different career options available and the decisions they need to make about training and education after high school, in order to follow their chosen path.

Combined with a selection of vocational training courses, we help our students understand that anything is possible, if they set their mind to it. Life does not need to be limited to the choice between agricultural work in rural Thailand or low-level factory and service work, or worse, in Bangkok.

Since June, our Ubon office has trained over 1,600 participants through our Preparing for Success program and in Prevention of Danger and Self-Defense. We successfully reached new communities, thanks to our field staff in Ubon, who tirelessly work to forge new connections across this large and rural area – one of the poorest in Thailand. As a result, for the first time, we offered training at Sisaket Business Administration College and in the community of Phonpang. We will continue to expand our reach and work with communities to ensure that our training meets their needs.

In Bangkok, we offered training in our offices in Self-Defense and Self-Presentation in the Workplace. We also continued to take our programs out to communities and secondary schools around the Bangkok Metropolitan area. Around 350 attendees were trained through outreach activities in First Aid and CPR – a vital skill for many of our students in their jobs, Self-Defense, Prevention of Danger and Preparing for Success.

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We will continue to keep you updated. If you have any comments, questions, or would like to become more involved in our work – we would love to hear from you.

Your support keeps us going. Thank you for being a part of our team!

Learning CPR at Bangkoknoi Non-Formal School
Learning CPR at Bangkoknoi Non-Formal School
Preparing for Success at a college in Ubon
Preparing for Success at a college in Ubon
Learning Self-Defense together
Learning Self-Defense together
Thank you from Ubon!
Thank you from Ubon!

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May 26, 2015

Your Donation to Goodwill Group Foundation: May 2015 Report

Learning self-defense skills
Learning self-defense skills

The first half of 2015 is passing quickly and Thai schools have already been on their long holidays. We were able to fit in a few more training sessions before the end of term in March - with 55 girls in one school taking part in our signature Preparing for Success workshop and 286 girls taking part in the Prevention of Danger and Basic Self-Defense courses.

Since schools closed, we have been reflecting on the past year and preparing for our new season of training. In one of the schools we work in, a staggering three out of four students were planning to move to look for work in Bangkok. Many girls feel that they have to do this out of necessity, so that they can make a good life for themselves and support their families back home. Moving from rural life in the poor Northeast of Thailand to the city of Bangkok is a massive transition, and presents many new challenges that the girls will not have faced before. Your support helps us teach these young girls how to protect themselves from potentially life-threatening situations. They gain practical self-defense skills and build a level of awareness that they are unlikely to gain elsewhere.

The girls really enjoy these unique workshops and, as more schools and communities hear about the training on offer, the demand only increases. With your help, we will support thousands more girls and women across Ubon and further afield – as they plan for their futures. We are deeply grateful to have you a part of our community. 

From all of us at Goodwill,
Thank you!

Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!
Preparing for Success workshop at school
Preparing for Success workshop at school

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Feb 24, 2015

February 2015 Report

The girls enjoyed basic self-defense training
The girls enjoyed basic self-defense training

It’s hard to believe that this is the second month of the New Year already! Since our last report, we have trained 163 students in the rural areas in the Northeast region of Thailand through our signature ‘Preparing for Success’ and ‘Prevention of Danger’ workshops. Additionally, we also launched similar programs in the municipal areas of Bangkok where women and young girls live in substandard conditions. We reached out to as many as 1,100 women and girls in various local communities. The beneficiaries expressed their utmost appreciation for the knowledge they gained, while many girls actively volunteered to be Goodwill representatives in order to teach their friends and family members about career preparation and basic self-defense skill.

The year 2015 will be Goodwill Group’s 15th anniversary, and we will launch ourselves into achieving our five year goal of training 30,000 women and girls per year. We are a small organization with big ambitions – and, although much work remains to be done, we are more motivated than ever. Once again, we thank you for your generous support and we look forward to updating you on this next step of our journey. 

From all of us at Goodwill,

Thank you!

Empowering women in local communities
Empowering women in local communities

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