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Friends of Thai Daughters Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: Empowers at-risk girls and young women to acquire the education, self-confidence and leadership skills necessary to become leaders in the fight against exploitation.

Target demographics: girls and young women at risk of being trafficked

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 60 girls.

Geographic areas served: Northern Thailand

Programs: shelter, education and support. We operate residential shelters called Sunflower Houses.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For this organisation i have only wordings, that "God Loves Those Who Love With The peoples" And if God loves with you means God is with you then necessities are nothing all within reach either we are individual or an organisation. Because God is with you













6

Donor

Rating: 5

I attended this organization's fundraiser in the Boston area in June at the urging of a friend, and was very impressed by everything I saw. Not only was the enthusiasm of all the volunteers infectious, but it was clear they are doing a lot more than simply cheerleading for the organization. They are actually doing work that directly impacts the lives of girls in danger of being sold into slavery. I am confident that the donation I made is being spent as I intended, and making a difference in the lives of girls who deserve a chance.

2 Ellenish81

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization making an enormous impact on the lives of girls born into abject poverty in Northern Thailand, part of the "Golden Triangle," of human trafficking. I have had the humbling opportunity of meeting many of the remarkable young women Friends of Thai Daughters has helped.
L. lived with her drug addled mother, and was forced to beg food from other villagers to eke out meals for herself and her siblings. She had no identification papers, and so would never be able to go to school. Through a lucky twist of fate she was introduced to FTD, which not only provided her with her first pair of shoes at age 12, but gave her a safe roof over her head, three healthy meals, education, and most importantly, love and security. Today she is a college graduate and an accomplished artists whose work has appeared in galleries from Bangkok to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
M. is a college graduate who now runs the FTD Sunflower House, passing the lessons she learned to the next generation of girls.
K. has started her own translating business in Chiang Mai, A. leads a book group for young FTD girls, and P. is an au pair working for a family in Washington D.C..
The list goes on. Young girls who had no hope of an education, no hope of escaping a life of prostitution, no hope at all - whose lives have been transformed. They have been provided with the gift of stability and love. They have been allowed to study, to expand their horizons and see a world outside the dirt floors and endless poverty of their villages. They have been given a future.
FTD does not have a big payroll, an oversized fundraising operation, or professional marketing. What they have is a committed group of volunteers willing to help raise any amount of money they can, because they know that even $20 can make a difference.
Get to know FTD. Become a part of an organization not just talking about changing lives, but actually doing it.

4 Guillaume

Donor

Rating: 5

I met the founders in 1989. I was 15. They took such a good care of me every time i came to visit, with simplicity and love. they are faithful and reliable people. I've met some of the daughters too. They send adorable letters ( hand writting ) to keep in touch and keep us updated with FTD. Merci Ladies for the good work...for giving them back their legendary smile. G. Frog

5 Lawrence2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work done here is amazing. The atmosphere is more like a family than a project. Every single girl loves being there and gets the love and attention they deserve in life. Keep up the good work!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a great honor to be involved in Friends of Thai Daughters. This organization provides shelter, education, food, safety, hope and love to young girls who would otherwise be taken advantage of and/or possibly lost forever due to poverty, lack of family, lack of documentation to sex trafficking. FTD is a beacon of hope that, hopefully, will inspire others to get involved.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4 Julie265

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

5 Charles75

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Dolly P.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2 Jan Amb

Donor

Rating: 5

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".

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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JaneFTD 07/03/2016

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.

Review from Guidestar