It’s been a while since our last update. We are extremely eager to share with you how your support has enabled Goodwill to continue thriving upon its mission to empower disadvantaged women and young girls in Thailand.
Over 200 grade-nine students in two public high schools—Senangkhanikhom School in Amnat Charoen province and Namyuenwittaya School in Ubon province—learned how to prevent various kinds of dangers from the use of social media, human trafficking, rape and domestic violence through "Prevention of Danger" workshops. They were also given tools to protect themselves against such dangers through "Basic Self-defense" workshops. Rural villagers in eight local communities in Ubon, and those in neighbouring communities that often face natural disasters, were very enthusiastic to participate in our "First-aid and CPR" workshops. Through close collaboration with the Subdistrict Administrative Organization, we were also able to establish relationships with leaders of local communities who have volunteered to help spread the words about Goodwill’s mission.
As our initiatives grow, we aim to broaden our family and deepen our network with local organizations and public institutions. Our Goodwill team in Ubon actively seeks new channels to reach communities located in rural areas, to go where the need is. Over the past three months, we have established partnerships with six new local communities in the Ubon and Sisaket province.
We are even more proud to tell you that we have successfully trinaed over 3,000 students so far in 2014 through a series of our core programs. Additional, Goodwill Group was nominated to be one of 11 finalistst for Thailand's "NGO award 2014" by the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation. It's an incredible honour for us just to make the short list of 11 organizations given the large number of established NGOs in Thailand. But, all this would not have been possible without your continued support.
Thank you and we look forward to updating you more in our next Project Report. Happy Holidays!
From all of us at Goodwill
After a long summer break, we were eager to resume our training workshops in the local schools. In June we conducted our "Preparing for Success" and "Prevention of Danger" workshops for a new batch of students and trained 130 young girls. We also conducted the "Preparing for Success" workshop with great success to 83 young women from the Women and Youth Leadership Community group. We look forward to conducting more of our workshops with this community group!
Our staff members also spent some time networking at an event co-sponsored by the Alliance Anti Traffic Organization (AAT) and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. It is our goal to build future partnerships with these organizations in order to expand our services in the Ubon province. Networking and building partnerships are an important step to growing and strengthening our presence in Ubon.
As always, we are so grateful for your continued support and we look forward to updating you more in our next Project Report!
From all of us at Goodwill, Thank You!
Schools in Thailand celebrate their summer break during the months of March and April, and as a result, our office took the last couple of months to focus on networking and building relationships within the community. With the type of outreach work Goodwill does in the Ubon Ratchathani province, it is essential that we regularly meet with schools, local leaders, and community members. Meeting with the community always encourages us to continue doing what we do, but also inspires us to look forward as we expand our programs and help bring more sustainable impact to the women in Ubon.
In hopes of strengthening our relationship with the local government we also met with local leaders to demonstrate the type of workshops we do for women in their community. This opportunity allowed us to gauge interest in our trainings, but also helped to build up their trust in us as an organization.
School is back in session so we look forward to sharing more with you in our next Project Report. As always, we are so grateful for your continued support!
From all of us at Goodwill,
It's hard to believe that we are already in our 3rd month of the new year! Since our last report we have continued our ongoing "Preparing for Success" workshop, started a new training workshop, and attended various community events.
In the last 3 months we conducted 6 "Preparing for Success" workshops and trained approximately 260 young girls. Our newest workshop trains young girls on the potential safety risks that surround them on a daily basis and how they can avoid finding themselves in dangerous situations. So far, we conducted 7 of these workshops and trained over 600 girls.
In January we celebrated Thailand's national "Children's Day" with the Ubon Ratchathani municipality. At this event we set up an information booth where the children played games and the women had a chance to learn more about who we are and what we do. It was a tremendous success! In February, we participated in the Open House event at one of the local technical colleges. During this event we were able to meet many young women who we hope to further train in Ubon to find safe and stable jobs in their future.
As always, we are so grateful for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing more with you in our next Project Report.
On behalf of all the staff and students at Goodwill Group Foundation (both Ubon and Bangkok branches), we would like to thank you for your support and wish you Happy Holidays & Happy New Year. Over the last two years our Ubon office has worked hard to develop relationships and trust with our community and has seen tremendous results from our workshops. We expect the new year to be just as successful as this past year.
Since our last update we have continued our life path and career workshops in the village schools. Recently, we spent some time discussing changes to the workshop's name, in order to fully encompass the workshop's objectives and content. We decided to change the workshop's name from "Surviving in the Big City" to "Preparing for Success". As a reminder to you, these workshops train young girls on how they can effectively and successfully prepare for their lives after graduating from secondary school. Goodwill believes this workshop fills a critical gap in the teaching system within the village schools because many of the schools do not provide such educational instruction. Without such training, young girls are left with inadequate understanding on how to prepare for life after secondary school. Additionally, the young girls are severely limited by their poor family financial situations leading many to feel even more desperate about their future. Because many students desire to move to the big city in order to pursue these post-secondary opportunities, the workshop also covers necessary information required to transition safely from rural to urban areas.
In the last three months we conducted 18 "Preparing for Success" workshops training over 800 students. According to our most recent Impact Assessment on this program, we found that girls in Grade 9 (ages 14-15) increased their knowledge by 25% after attending our workshop and girls in Grade 12 (ages 17-18) increased their knowledge by 17%. The demand for Goodwill’s training workshops continues to increase as more schools and villages hear positive feedback from one another.
We would like to thank YOU for your generous contributions. We look forward to conducting more activities and achieving even more success in the upcoming year, and that success is not possible without your help!
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