Here's a little update on the work in Bangkok! We are STILL the only non-profit in Bangkok focused on helping young guys and transgendered walk away from prostitution. Sadly, there are about 10,000 transgendered working in sex work just in BKK and we are still collecting numbers on the young guys also working in the city. The young guys are a mixture of Thai, but also many are from Laos, Burma, Cambodia and other surrounding areas. It's crazy but incredibly worth the effort of helping these guys and transgendered have chances of a better life. The harsh reality that 1 in 3 have HIV is a huge drive for us to do more and attempt to connect with them BEFORE they've spent years being exploited. We are currently short in funding due to the growing program but also unexpected cut backs in grants and donations earlier this year. You can help us change that. You can help us change lives. You can be part of their healing process in such a tangible way!
We help them walk away by offering a safe space where their lives can be rebuilt holistically through education, healthcare, therapy and job training. We need to raise about $20,000 USD quickly to help us finish this year well. This helps us keep the recovery & job training program running, while providing us time to apply for those tedious grants too! :) We are definitely searching for more monthly partners too, so here's a basic break-down of the program:
1. DtonNaam Team (7 paid; others volunteer or raise own funds)- 170,000 (TBH) 5,312.50 (USD)
2. Rent and utilities for the 5-floor building where recovery, job training, office space and classes happen daily. 52,000 (TBH) 1,563 (USD)
3. "Student" support for up to 15-20 students at a time. This includes monthly stipends, medical needs, travel reimbursements and education. The boys & transgendered that enter our program are called "students."- 192,000 (TBH) 6,000 (USD) *** Currently, we have less than 10 students, so this is our ideal goal as funding & grants increase.
4. Our Admin & Outreach Fees: This includes legal fees, taxes, accounting, visas. It also includes OUTREACH in the red light districts, where we consistently build relationships with the sex workers and offer help.
16,000 (TBH) about 500 (USD)
As you can see, we are a small group and even a dollar makes a huge impact. We really want to help as many as these young ones as possible! Would you like to be part of their recovery and new chances? Help us raise $20,000 by August 17th! It's worth it. They are worth it! AND- thank you so much already! We are excited!
Find out more at http://www.dtonnaam.org/donate/