Train 7,000 disadvantaged women in Thailand

May 28, 2014

May 2014 Report


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,

Thank you!

School is back in session!
School is back in session!
Mar 1, 2014

March 2014 Report

Technical College Open House
Technical College Open House

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.

From all of us at Goodwill,

Thank You!

Info booth
Info booth
Training workshop
Training workshop
Dec 2, 2013

Happy Holidays: December 2013 Update

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!

From all of us at Goodwill,

Thank You!

Sep 2, 2013

Celebrating our 2nd year anniversary!

School is back in session and our Goodwill Ubon office has been busy at work conducting workshops at various village schools.  Since our last update in June we have already conducted over 30 workshops reaching out to over 2,500 girls on how to safely migrate from rural to urban areas, one of our most popular workshops in the Ubon province.  This workshop provides information on how to find a good and safe job, advice on how to deal with potential hazards of living and working in Bangkok, and contact information for government ministries, public services and NGOs that they can reach out to for assistance in Bangkok. Also, the workshop provides information on how to attend an open university, which allows students to study and work at the same time. 

In other amazing news, Goodwill Ubon just celebrated our two year anniversary at the end of August.  Since our inception in August 2011, we conducted more than 100 workshops and trained almost 6,000 girls in village schools. We have also found that out of the girls who participated in the workshop who failed the pre-test questionnaire, more than 90% passed the post-test questionnaire after completing the workshop.  This is amazing impact we are proud of, and we are certain that we have much more to look forward to in this upcoming 3rd year.  Furthermore, the demand for our services continues to grow and we are always in need of your support! 

We would like to thank YOU and all our supporters for your generous contributions and for walking alongside us for the last 2 years. We look forward to conducting more activities and achieving even more success, and that success is not possible without your help!

From all of us at Goodwill, Thank You!

Jun 10, 2013

June 2013 Update Report

To our Awesome Supporters,

We are very pleased to update you of our activities from the past 3 months, particularly, our ongoing workshop in Ubon Ratchathani: "Life Path and Leadership Workshop."

This workshop covers information regarding university, vocational, and other education options after high school, including concrete ways to pursue and succeed in higher education. It presents all relevant information about pursuing further education after high school and what kind of career paths one can embark on after graduating.

Also, the workshop provides information to students who are unable to attend university after high school (due to various socioeconomic and personal reasons). It covers career path options, ways to pursue safe and stable employment, relevant labour laws and other information relevant to developing careers.

After the three training workshops, six students were selected from each of the 5 schools (30 students total) to participate in the intensive training workshop, which teaches the students the skills to share information with fellow students on issues relevant to education and career paths. The students were also trained to serve as mentors to younger students and links between Goodwill and the schools.

Student leaders were selected based on the following criteria: successful completion of all three workshops; stated interest to be leaders (along with stated motivations); high performance during workshop activities; self-discipline, confidence, and knowledge (gauged during workshop activities as well as from teacher recommendations). In addition, we consulted with teachers and school staff during the selection process to find out each candidate’s academic performance and attendance records, as well as any other information that was relevant to their success as student leaders.

As always, we are so grateful for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing more with you in our next Update Report.

From all of us at Goodwill, Thank You!

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Project Leader

Dinah Chung

Bangkok, Bangkok Thailand

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