A Thailand Registered Charity Established in 2000

With local staff and an international board, we use our global networks to serve women and girls in Thailand.

Empowerment, Not Dependence

Training that sparks an internal and positive change in each woman and girl, empowering them to go out and change their lives.

Branches in Bangkok and the Northeast of Thailand

Providing services for rural and urban women in central Bangkok and the economically disadvantaged region of Ubon Ratchathani.

A Small and Supportive Staff Team

With just five full-time staff, our students get to know our team personally – making Pratthanadee feel like a home, a community and a training center in one.

Volunteer Based Model

Through a dedicated team passionate volunteers, we work collaboratively to provide life-changing training for women and girls.

Ambitious and Results Focused

Constantly innovating and finding ways to measure and improve the success of our programs, we put results at the heart of our work.

Women and girls reached each year

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Increased Self Confidence

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Life-Changing Experience

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The Problem

Women and girls from poor backgrounds face a difficult life in Thailand.

Outside of Bangkok, the country has areas of great poverty, with few opportunities for work outside of agriculture. Young, undereducated women become their family’s ticket to success – whether they like it or not – and face pressure to move to Bangkok and find work. Often they need to support their entire extended family on one salary.

Whether they end up in sex work, manual labor or domestic houses, their situation is the same. They hold the burden of keeping their entire family fed when they have no real skills to compete on the Bangkok job market.

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The Solution

We provide free life-changing training and mentoring in Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast of Thailand.

Our students hope to make something of their lives – despite having previously been denied any real opportunity to do so. Some of our students work in the sex industry, and many more grapple with the decision of whether or not to do so themselves. Many of them see marriage to a foreign man as the only means of securing their future. For them it is not a matter of choice, but of survival for themselves and their families.

We provide an alternative – a place for self-assessment and learning, and the first step to a brighter future.

Article: “The Road to a Better Me” for Expat Life in Thailand

Weena (Nang) our Ubon Manager spoke to Expat Life in Thailand about her personal transformation. You can read the article below or, for a better quality image, using Expat Life in Thailand magazine’s online reader here. We are on page…
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Article: “Empowering Girls in Thailand to Picture a Better Future” by News Deeply

Ruth Carr is a writer and filmmaker based in Southeast Asia. She wrote a wonderful article for News Deeply about our work with girls in Northeast Thailand. You can see an excerpt below and click the link to read the full article: Baan Khan Rai School sits at the...
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Enrique Cuan, Founder of Pratthanadee, Interviewed on Channel NewsAsia

Watch an interview with the Pratthanadee Foundation’s Founder, Enrique Cuan, on Channel NewsAsia’s ‘Coffee with the Boss’ as he talks about setting up our Foundation below: Please note: There is one advert from Channel NewsAsia that will...
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Better Me Student Case Study: P’On

Above: P’On (second from the right) with her Better Me class group.  Student Background P’On grew up in a farming family in the province of Yasothorn in Thailand. She has two teenage children, and her daughter lives with her here in Bangkok. She is divorced...
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Training for 1,800 Girls Funded by the Australian Government

The Australian Government through the Australian Embassy Direct Aid Program generously supported ‘Claim Your Rights’ training for 1,866 teenage girls in rural Ubon Ratchathani, providing them with the information and skills they need to recognize and report...
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Foundation Receives Canadian Embassy Funding

Pratthanadee Foundation Receives Canadian Embassy Funding to Train and Empower Nearly 1,300 Disadvantaged Girls and Women The Canadian Embassy in Thailand provides 750,000 THB to fund personal and career development workshops for disadvantaged girls and women in...
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Changing Attitudes

‘Claim Your Rights’ is one of the key training workshops we offer in schools. It aims to teach village girls how to protect themselves and how to prepare for the potential move to Bangkok, with all the new risks and dangers that it presents. We run pre...
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On The Road Again

The team is on the road again this month. We have been taking our new Mobile Knowledge Booth all around schools in the Northeast of Thailand, using games and activities to teach girls about protecting themselves and making healthy life choices – all in the...
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Is Thailand dangerous for girls?

Is Thailand dangerous for girls? According to a group 15 year olds at Bann Nongkhainok School in Ubon Ratchathani – No! Not at all. We recently ran a focus group with a group of fourteen teenage girls to find out about their perceptions of the dangers around them,...
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