Train 7,000 Disadvantaged Girls in Rural Thailand

by Goodwill Group Foundation

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!

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!

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!

We had a busy start of the year in Ubon Ratchathani.  For one, we are happy to have implemented a series of workshops in village high schools aimed at providing young women and girls with the knowledge, information, and confidence needed to pursue life and career paths that are safe and economically promising.   As many high school girls in the provinces don’t know enough about paths to higher education and future life plans, teaching them concrete steps to pursue university studies and subsequent careers has been a main focus of our activities.  Recognizing that many girls are unable to attend university due to the costs and necessity to contribute to family finances, we have also trained girls on how to pursue safe and dignified career paths immediately after high school, different career options that are available, and relevant labor laws. 

To expand the reach and impact of our workshops, we selected students to serve as leaders in their schools.  These student leaders participated in an intensive 2-day workshop that equipped them with the skills to pass on knowledge and information to fellow students and to serve as a link between our organization and the schools for future activities.  By the end of February, over 500 students had been trained in the program, with 18 trained as student leaders.

In addition to these core activities, we brough some workshops regularly held in our Bangkok office to Ubon.  Health and Rights workshops aimed to inform participants about relevant laws and means of recourse when faced with problems in the workplace and elsewhere.  A Life Inspiration workshop was also held, during which participants learned about starting their own small enterprise.

We are excited to continue these new training activities and are always grateful for your continued support.

From all of us at Goodwill, Thank You!

On behalf of all staff and students at Goodwill Group Foundation (both Ubon and Bangkok branches), we would like to thank you all for your support and wish you seasons greetings and a happy new year.  With over one year in operation, the office in Ubon has been very active and has a lot to look forward to in the coming year.

After our first successful year in Ubon Ratchathani, we have continued with the life and career path workshops for young women in migration.  Since September, we have held sixteen different training workshops in village schools.  The workshops included students from 8th-12th grade, focusing on the essential skills and knowledge needed to safely and successfully transition to work and life in a big city.  An average of 50 students attended each workshop.

We are also set to begin a new project, in cooperation with village schools and student leaders, aimed at equipping high school age girls with knowledge and information on pursuing educational and career goals after high school.

With the exciting growth of our activities also comes more demands, and support is now needed more than ever to benefit the many women and girls seeking empowerment and opportunity.  We have the capacity to help them, but we could do so much more with your help.  If you're feeling generous this holiday season, please donate to our organization and help spread the word to friends:

Thank you,

Goodwill Group Team


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Goodwill Group Foundation

Location: Bangkok, NA - Thailand
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Project Leader:
Tamsin Haigh
Bangkok, Bangkok Thailand
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