Awards

Chosen by the Rockefeller Foundation as the top midsized NGO in Thailand

Rockefeller Foundation
Resource Alliance Social Impact Awards 2017
Guidestar Gold Seal
Guidestar Gold Seal

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.

Q&A With Volunteer Teacher, Fiona Hamilton

How did you first find out about Pratthanadee and what attracted you to support them all these years? I’ve been volunteering since June 2017, so it’s been almost 2 1/2 years. I’ve been teaching some of the women the whole time so we know each other well by now! What...

Back At Work, Finally!

It was a difficult few months for Praew (Pongsa Phimmasone) when Bangkok was under partial lockdown. The 27-year old massage therapist, like several of her classmates at Pratthanadee, found herself temporarily out of work as her workplace had to close. Money was tight...

Q&A With Volunteer Teacher, Kate Usvathongkul

How long have you been volunteering at Pratthanadee Foundation? I've been with the foundation for almost two years. What is the best thing about it? The best thing about volunteering here is that I was able to use my skills to help others to improve themselves. As I...

Life, interrupted.

Nong first came to Bangkok in 2008. She tried her hand at many things until she landed a job as a massage therapist at a hotel in the tourist district of Sukhumvit. This was the best paying job she could secure to send money home as well as pay off a mountain of debt...

HelloBody, Danke Sehr!

We first heard from HelloBody early this year. Isabella, its project manager, wrote to us on the possibility of a partnership for International Women’s Day. We didn’t give much thought to it thereafter as it was just exploratory and besides, the cosmetic company was...

Life In The Pandemic

For two decades we have trained underprivileged girls and women in the kingdom almost uninterrupted through political upheavals, floods and the like. Never have we experienced anything close to this current pandemic and its accompanying lockdown measures. For many of...

It’s Not Ok To Be Locked Up!

We kicked off the new year with much love and support from the folks at Estēe Lauder Companies. Not only did they fund us to run two workshops in northeast Thailand, they hit the road with us to see for themselves how we reached out to underprivileged high school...

Meaw and her life under lockdown

Like most residents in Bangkok, Sopacha Ratanaanan (Meaw) has been homebound for several weeks now because of the government’s advisory for everyone to stay home to stem the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Reflecting on life under lockdown, she says the biggest wake-up...

Better Me for Girls: Raising and Realizing of Girls in Northeast Thailand

From 13th to 14th January 2020, with the financial support of Estēe Lauder Companies, we conducted the project ‘Better Me for Girls: Raising and realizing of Girls in Northeast Thailand’ through two key activities: Claim Your Rights Training – Teaches life-saving...

Happy Songkran!

สุขสันต์วันสงกรานต์ สวัสดีปีใหม่ไทย ขอส่งความปรารถนาดีและความห่วงใยที่แสนอบอุ่นไปถึงทุกคนนะคะ ขอให้สุขภาพกายใจสมบูรณ์ แข็งแรง ขอให้มีแต่ความสุขเนื่องในวันสงกรานต์นี้ไปจวบจนตลอดปี ตลอดไปค่ะ ✨♥️ Allow me to congratulate you on the arrival of the Traditional Thai New...

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