Better Me Program

Trains disadvantaged women in Bangkok through programmes that empower them to take positive steps towards becoming healthy and independent individuals.

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Pratthanadee Foundation

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Inspirasia Foundation

Inspiration Foundation is a private Indonesian based grant-making foundation dedicated to funding and supporting exceptional projects in health and education.

Market of Implementation

  • Thailand

Problem

Women and girls from poor backgrounds face a difficult life in Thailand. Outside of Bangkok, the country has areas of severe poverty, with few opportunities for work outside of agriculture. Young, uneducated women become their family’s ticket to success, and face serious 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 family fed when they have no real skills to compete on the Bangkok job market. This can cause serious and lasting damage to their health, confidence, and self-worth.

Solution

The Better Me Program is a new core training program for women offered by the Pratthanadeee Foundation. 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. We provide an alternative – a place for self-assessment and learning, and the first step to a brighter future. Our program provides 30 hours of personal and career development, 25 English lessons, and regular sessions with a professional female mentor. We build real empowerment, not dependence: an internal and lasting change in each woman, so that she feels strong enough to overcome barriers, stand up for herself, find well-paid and meaningful work, and begin to change her own life. Better Me guides women from feeling trapped, dependent, and hopeless about the future to becoming motivated individuals, ready to explore new opportunities. It is built on 16 years of trial and error, and there is nothing else quite like it in Bangkok. By the end of the program, disadvantaged and under-educated women leave the Foundation self-assured, confident, able to secure safe and meaningful work, and ready to set out a plan and achieve their goals.

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