Transforming Lives

Wannakanok Poh-itaeda-oh, Founder and President, Luukrieng

Thailand’s youth face a variety of challenges—crime, safety, difficulty completing their education, and support for those orphaned by insurgency-related violence. But efforts are underway to address the issues that significantly impact their lives.

Pateemah Poh-itaeda-oh, Founder and President of WePeace, works with women in Thailand.

Women living in the Deep South of Thailand struggle for acceptance as community leaders and many still need to fight for basic rights. Under the leadership of its founder and president, Pateemah Poh-itaeda-oh, the Women for Peace Association (WePeace) is working to ensure that women’s issues–such as access to education and freedom of expression–are recognized and addressed. Using support from the USAID Sapan Program, WePeace trains local women on how to improve their communities through “community scorecards,” which keep track of the activities that promote open government, and government-funded literacy training.

First Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management Opens in Thailand

Ask random Thai students about their dream jobs. Probably not even one out of 10 would think about working for civil society organizations (CSOs) or the non-profit sector. But that could change.   Khon Kaen University in northeast Thailand is now offering students new career perspectives by launching the country’s first Center for Civil Society and Non-Profit Management.

Jason Mraz takes the stage in Rangoon with the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda as a backdrop.

More than 70,000 young people packed in to hear the first major open air concert in Burma in over a half a century on December 16, 2012. Front and center were messages about human trafficking and exploitation and how to avoid both.

Mobile Volunteer Malaria Workers Drive Down Cases in Rural Burma

People in the remote village of War Taw in southern Burma often do battle with malaria. Here, villagers earn their living working in and around forests that harbor malaria-carrying mosquitoes, but health services are scarce and far away.

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Last updated: October 09, 2014

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