Train 7,000 Disadvantaged Girls in Rural Thailand

by Pratthanadee Foundation
Campaign Award Received by Nang
Campaign Award Received by Nang

Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, we continue our vital work in Ubon Ratchathani, reaching high school girls in rural areas across the province. We train these girls in two vital topics, often not included in routine education by village schools:

  1. Career Planning

Our “Preparing for Success” workshop gives girls the guidance they need on planning for a successful future – covering vocational training opportunities, further education and employment options. We often find that, before the workshop, many of these girls only know a few careers – nurse, teacher, doctor – and they do not know about the training or experience required to secure these positions. Our workshops help to broaden their horizons and to ensure they know how to build a realistic path towards their end career goal.

  1. Protecting Yourself

Our “Prevention of Danger” workshop meets an important need for rural girls – learning how to move safely from agricultural life to the big city. This information is desperately required in the Northeast, where the rates of internal migration are the highest in the country among young women. Our workshop ensures that they plan and save sufficiently for their arrival in Bangkok, that they realise the importance of sorting their employment and accommodation as much as they can, and that they are prepared for some of the potentially harmful situations they may encounter in the city.

We have also recently launched a new project, spanning Ubon and Bangkok, funded by the Embassy of Canada to Thailand. This project, called “Claim your Rights”, will design, deliver and evaluate a replicable training toolkit to help women and girls in both regions to protect themselves from violence, exploitation, and forced marriage resulting from pregnancy. Read more here: http://www.goodwillthailand.org/canadafund2015

Alongside these workshops, we have also been reaching out to new schools and communities, building relationships to help deliver our services even further across the province and surrounding areas. As part of this, we have been involved in local government initiatives, such as the “Stop Violence Against Girls, Women, and Inside the Family” campaign in early December, hosted by Ministry of Social Development and Human Security in Ubon. The event included over 35 organizations (including government offices, businesses and other NGOs) and more than 500 people participated. Our staff in Ubon, Nang and Miaw, and four volunteers represented the organization. During the event many people showed interested in our work, helping to raise awareness of our services. Nang was also delighted to receive a certificate from the provincial governor in recognition of our participation in the campaign.

Students in Bangkok have been cooking up a storm in our holiday project – sharing their favourite recipes and talking about their lives. Please take a look at the microsite and watch the first video (https://goodwillgroupfoundation.wordpress.com/) to learn more. Four more videos will be released between now and the New Year.

Thank you so much for all your support of the Goodwill Group Foundation.

Wishing you happy and healthy holidays from all of us here in Thailand.

Stop Violence Campaign Day
Stop Violence Campaign Day
Stop Violence Campaign Day
Stop Violence Campaign Day
Ubon High School
Ubon High School
Cooking in Bangkok (by Aytac Turkay)
Cooking in Bangkok (by Aytac Turkay)

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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.

Please watch our short video using the link below. If you like what we are doing, feel free to share with your friends!

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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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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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
Goodwill Group in the finalists for NGO awards
Goodwill Group in the finalists for NGO awards

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

Local villagers enjoyed learning first-aid and CPR
Local villagers enjoyed learning first-aid and CPR
Grade-nine school girls learning self-defense
Grade-nine school girls learning self-defense
 

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Pratthanadee Foundation

Location: Bangkok, Bangkok Metropolitan - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​www.pratthanadee.org/​
Project Leader:
Tamsin Haigh
Bangkok, Bangkok Thailand
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