Anjali House, Siem Reap, Cambodia
http://www.anjali-house.com This auxiliary school serves approximately 100 impoverished children from the local villages five days each week. Arriving in the morning, the children are first served a nourishing breakfast. Then one-half leave to attend government school while the other half stays behind to study at Anjali House. The arts based education they receive at Anjali is a nice complement to what they learn in government schools. Then, lunch is served to all 100 kids and the educational process is reversed with the first group now remaining at Anjali while the second group goes to government school
Baan Saan Rak, Mae Lao, Chiang Rai, Thailand
http://baansaanrak.org This small orphanage located in a rural village in Northern Thailand provides safe housing, nourishing food, counseling, and education for approximately 20 orphaned, abandoned, or at-risk boys and girls thereby giving them an opportunity to break out of their current cycle of poverty. TWCCTW provides operating funding. Unfortunately, Baan Saan Rak suffered extreme damage during the recent 6.0 earthquake that was centered in their small village of Mae Lao. TWCCTW is seeking funding assistance to rebuild at least two of the seriously damaged buildings.
Batang Pinangga Foundation
http://www.batangpinangga.org/ This phenomenal organization is raising the level of community responsibility for the staggering number of children in extreme poverty. They rescue these beloved children (the meaning of the organization’s name) from living on the streets and affords them a chance at a better future through education and enrichment.
http://www.childrenshour.org.ph/ “We are a fund raising, fund giving, and friends raising organization that supports projects on education, health & nutrition, and child welfare & development. We do this by asking individuals, companies, and organizations to donate at least ONE HOUR of their annual salary or earnings once a year.”
Edunet, Yangon, Myanmar
http://partnersasia.org/edunet-works-children-cleaning-trash-school/ This small, community based program in Yangon provides educational opportunities for the poorest of the local village children, encouraging early literacy in Burmese and English.
Fountain of Life Children’s Center, Pattaya, Thailand
http://www.fountainoflifepattaya.com This “sister facility” to the Women’s Center is a pre-school for nearly 200 local, impoverished children ages three to six focused on preparing them to successfully enter government schools at the age of seven.
Fountain of Life Women’s Center, Pattaya, Thailand
http://asiachildrensfoundation.org/our-projects/fountain-of-life-womens.html At any one time in this facility run by the Good Shepherd Sisters, approximately 400 marginalized, at-risk women are receiving counseling, nourishing food, loving care and attention, and job skills training in Thai, English, German, Russian, computers, reflexology, massage, hair dressing, and related skills thereby providing them with the ability to move on to a self-sustaining life in their local communities.
Future for Khmer Children (FKC), Siem Reap, Cambodia. http://khmerchild.co This privately operated school provides approximately 235 impoverished children from the surrounding local villages with education to augment what which they receive in the local government schools. FKC focuses on language skills, math, computer technology, music, and employable job skills including sewing. TWCCTW has funded the newly constructed Art Berg Technology Center and is currently building a second the state-of-the-art technology available at FKC and funding an advanced computer instructor.
Good Shepherd Sisters, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.goodshepherdbangkok.com/wp/ This is a large center in the heart of Bangkok. Here the Sisters operate a pre-school for 100 children from the local slums. In addition, there is a pre- and post-natal care center housing approximately 12-15 marginalized, pregnant women and their babies. Next door to that is a home for nearly 70 marginalized, trafficked, and otherwise at-risk young women providing them with safe living conditions, nourishing food, counseling, education, job training, and whatever else they may need to get back on their feet and return to their communities. The training facilities here are extensive, offering courses in Thai, English, sewing, hairdressing, make-up, cooking, baking, computers, reflexology, massage, and other employable skills. In addition to all this, approximately 140 women are employed here in the large Regina Sewing Center where a wide variety of high quality goods are manufactured and distributed to customers located in several regions of the world.
Good Shepherd Sisters Girls Home and School, Phan, Chiang Rai, Thailand
http://asiachildrensfoundation.org/our-projects/good-shepherd-sisters–.html This high-quality boarding school provides 60 at-risk hill tribe girls (Akha, Hmong, Lisu, & Lahu) with safe housing, nourishing food, counseling, and junior and senior high school education (grades 7 through 12). TWCCTW funds $1,000 annual scholarships so high-achieving girls can continue their education at a local university.
Good Shepherd Sisters, Nong Khai, Thailand
http://www.gsvolunteers.org/volunteerinfo/placements/international/thailand.php Located in the northeast portion of Thailand known as Isaan, this is an ambitious undertaking by the Good Shepherd Sisters. In a unique, community based program, nearly 600 children as sponsored so they can continue their education. In addition, the Fatima Sewing Center employs approximately 65 women from the local villages. The community outreach group provides local farmers with technical know-how for raising crops and livestock. Another program employs about 20 people preserving traditional Isaan weaving and pottery making skills.
Good Shepherd Sisters Philippines
http://www.goodshepherdsisters.org.ph/ “Our service traditionally and currently is particularly with women and children who have been wounded by life’s circumstances and live on the edge of society. We accompany those who are in need and also network with other groups to change unjust structures in society. In religious language, our service is generally referred to as “ministry” or “apostolate”.”
Hands of Hope Association, Nong Khai, Thailand
http://handsofhopenongkhai.com This facility, also operated by the Good Shepherd Sisters, is an impressive program focused on HIV and AIDS infected women by providing counseling, housing, community, medical care, training, and gainful employment.
Life & Hope Association, Siem Reap, Cambodia
http://www.lifeandhopeangkor.org Here, in this training center run by the monks of Wat Damnak monastery, about 40 women receive training in various sewing skills thereby providing them with a life sustaining job skill. Upon completion of their studies each graduate leaves with her own sewing machine.
Mee Eain Shin Development Foundation (MDF), Rangsit Market Area, Bangkok, Thailand
http://meeeainshin.org This woman led organization serves the needs of a marginalized population of migrant workers from Myanmar by providing meals and education for nearly 50 of their children, along with various counseling, health care, and education services for the adults as well. Remarkably, the MDF director has managed to achieve Myanmar accreditation for the courses taught at her MDF School thereby providing the children with the educational credentials they will need when/if their families return to Myanmar.
http://www.operationcompassion.org/ Operation Compassion is an international and domestic humanitarian organization. Our strategic relief work delivers critical aid assisting 25 million people every year. Each pound of product delivered represents: a meal, for the hungry; a surgical pack, giving medical aid; a textbook, educating the future; a pair of shoes, for bare feet; clothes, for those in need. Since our beginning, we have helped start hundreds of nonprofit charities and trained tens of thousands of volunteers for humanitarian work and involved them in serving the poor.
http://pandoofoundation.org/ Their programs improve financial inclusion, education, health and sanitation, and provide disaster relief to communities in great need. This brilliant and creative social enterprise funds their programs through online games kids pay to play internationally. Everyone wins at this game. Check out their site and let the games begin!
SOS Children’s Villages
http://www.sosphilippines.org/ “In an SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, each child finds a family, growing together with BROTHERS AND SISTERS in the same HOUSE, under the love and care of a MOTHER who raises him as her own. With friends who help us provide for their needs, we aim to provide A LOVING HOME FOR EVERY CHILD.”
Village Focus International
http://villagefocus.org/ Village Focus International leads the fight against human trafficking in Laos, and supports 4 local organizations in Cambodia to do the same. The program started in 2004 and is called ‘Protection & Empowerment of Women and Children’ or PEWC.
Village Well Program, Siem Reap, Cambodia. http://twcctw.org/donate/donate-a-well/ In conjunction with field staff organized by FKC, we fund wells to provide local villagers with an ample supply of clean water. It’s hard to imagine that so many villages and village families have never had a year-round source of water. We can provide that for the surprisingly low cost of $400 per well including a filter and an iron supplement.
Wildflower Home, Chiang Mai, Thailand
http://www.wildflowerhome.net This home provides secure housing, counseling, pre- and post-natal medical care, job skills training, and day care for at-risk pregnant women and their babies. Currently, TWCCTW is helping to fund their Master Development Plan that, in addition to bringing their 2-1/2 acre facility up to a serviceable standard, will also enable them to materially increase the number of women they are able to serve.
Women for the World, Yangon, Myanmar. This innovative women’s organization, beginning with a “savings group”, is revolutionizing local village home financing, ecological practices, and social behavior. Their impressive results include more homes being built in circumstances otherwise thought impractical, meaningful improvements in village sanitation and hygiene, and marked reductions in smoking, drinking, gambling, and perhaps most important of all, domestic violence.