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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Increased Salary

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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.

LIFE LESSONS FROM THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS

I graduated in March 2020 and I was so looking forward to entering the workforce, like the rest of my university mates. Then life served up a giant curve ball and knocked me off my feet. The Covid-19 pandemic hit, a partial lockdown followed, making it difficult for...

Graduated Finally!

Last year, we kickstarted a project sponsored by the folks at JD Sports. They were drawn to our mission of empowering underprivileged girls and women as this dovetailed with the causes they were passionate about. The international sports fashion retailer, which opened...

FON AND JOY

Oranuch Wonggo or Fon is originally from Nakhon Pathom, a city some 60 kilometres from Bangkok. She became a caregiver at a young age, looking after her ailing father when she was just 16. Fon continued her studies while taking care of him and graduated with a...

Q&A with Watinee Khutrakul (Poom)

Q: How was your experience teaching during the lockdown? A: We had classes via video calls as classes were suspended. The students had a lot of free time in their rented rooms and so I thought this was a great opportunity to review what we had learnt. In addition, I...

Q&A with Suppapong Sooksangchaya (Lek)

Q: How does it feel to be back in class? A: It’s great! Being able to resume a face-to-face class with my students makes me feel much more in control. I feel that I can handle the class more effectively. I can move around the room, approach each student who may need...

Q&A with Ed Tauscher

Q: How does it feel to be back in class? A: It feels wonderful to back in class! In-person teaching benefits all students and teachers. Classroom participation helps students learn English and there is no substitute for it! Q: What are some of the challenges you face...

Q&A with Panida Ottesen

Q: How does it feel to be back in class? A: It is really wonderful to be back in class and see everyone at the foundation again, both the staff and the students. In class, we can see each other's faces and I can better assist the students when they start to show...

Q&A with Claudia Vratilova

Q: How does it feel to be back in class? A: Good! During the lockdown I taught via LINE – making teaching videos and having Q&A sessions with some of the students. This was a useful fill-in in the absence of classes but not as effective as face-to-face...

HOLDING ON AND LIVING WELL

Arun Naulnom, or just Arun to her classmates and teachers at Pratthanadee, is originally from Phetchabun, a province close to the north of Thailand. A single mother of two, she’s been cleaning homes for over 20 years. The freelance domestic helper earns about 35,000...

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...

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