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FRIENDS OF THAI DAUGHTERS INC

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PO Box 370 % Jane McBride Trevett ME 04571 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great organization. Girls, many from impoverished tribal families living along the northern border of Thailand, are prime targets for being sold into the sex trade. For a lucky few, FTD has provided a place to live, a chance to grow up with an education. We met some of these pre-teen age girls when they were first rescued by FTD. Now 10 years later we were honored to see them again as college graduates. These girls have not only been saved from being trafficked but are now leading productive lives. Also, they have not lost contact with their families or communal roots and they are doing much to help the girls that are coming along in the program behind them. FTD is great organization. The model and philosophy they have put together should be emulated by many more groups.

 
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I first learned about Friends of Thai Daughters through its co-founders Patty Zinkowski and Jane McBride. Patty was volunteering for the land trust I directed.

I've worked for many NGOs over the years including the Girl Scouts, Special Olympics and a women's center in the Peace Corps. When it was time to move on from the land trust, I didn't know if I wanted to work with another non-profit/NGO unless it was the real deal - free of politics and really making a difference.

I found that in Friends of Thai Daughters.

You are one degree of separation from the lives you are transforming. FTD is changing lives, one at a time. Its heartwarming, its real and its making an unbelievable difference in the lives of these girls.

 
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An enthusiastic supporter of FTD since 2006 when I went to Thailand and met Mee, Pui and Khai, the first three "daughters." The organization does a superb job of providing a safe, supportive and loving environment for at-risk girls, allowing them to achieve their once seemingly impossible education and life goals. Many of the program graduates now serve as mentors/models to their younger "sisters" and have developed deep bonds that will last a lifetime.

 
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I have worked with and donated to Friends of Thai Daughters for many years. Their mission is truly inspiring and their success has been notable. A wonderful organization!

 
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I have been involved with FTD since it first started. I have watched the first daughters grow from shy teenagers to confident, college graduates. These young women are wonderful role models to the newest generation of young daughters just now joining FTD. It is a testimony of the education, love and support that the FTD family has provided that continues to spread happiness and safety to so many in need.

 
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FTD is a non-profit with integrity and a mission to help some of the poorest kids on the planet. From inception to today the volunteers, Board, and staff both in country and globally have worked as a team to promote long-term, comprehensive and intensive support of Girls in Thailand. Great organization doing tremendous work for its size!

 
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FTD is a unique nonprofit in the service it provides for impoverished and endangered young girls in Thailand. It not only is a rescue and protective shelter but offers a loving and nourishing family environment with education, emotional support and opportunities for achievement beyond high school. Having met and hosted several of FTD success stories and knowing the founders and management, I feel very confident in providing support for this unique and extremely effective charity that empowers mostly tribal young girls. A lot of bang for the buck.

 
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Great organization with dedicated founders, directors and volunteers who spend all monies raised on educating these young women. Very impressed as the original girls have now graduated from university and have jobs.

 
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Have followed and supported this organization from its inception. So pleased with the work they have done and to see how wisely our donations have been used to improve the lives of these "Thai Daughters".

 
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Friends of Thai Daughters was created in 2002 and received non-profit status in 2005. Founders have successfully created a model of educating poor, hill tribe, girls from the Mekong sub region of South East Asia. Through the creation of Baan Tantawan (Sunflower House), located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, they offer safe housing, life skills and a fully paid education from elementary through university level. They assist with identification and nationality status issues.

In 2011, a second Sunflower House was built on the Thai/Myannmar border to offer safe housing to orphaned refugee children. A small classroom is scheduled for construction in early 2012 and sceduled for completion March 2012.

Friends of Thai Daughters is a U.S. based 501(c) 3 non-profit. There are no paid staff, only volunteers. Money raised through letter writing campaigns, friends, family and foundations goes directly to the project.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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In 2015, Friends of Thai Daughters (FTD) received a grant from the Otto and Fran Walter Foundation to acquire property in Chiang Rai to establish a Sunflower House. The campus is now home to 15 at-risk girls, ages 8 - 18. In 2016, FTD expanded to the Lao border town of Chiang Khong to establish another Sunflower House in partnership with Child Rights Protection Centre and provides shelter, education and support to 12 at-risk girls. Future plans involve establishing a Sunflower House in the Thai-Myanmar border town of Mae Sai.

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