My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Friends of Thai Daughters Inc, Trevett, ME, USA
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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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.