These Skills Prepared One Woman for a Better Future

Shining Light on a Great Example of Community Development in Thailand
For the past seven years, Matika Wongngam has lived in a little house along an inlet springing from one of the 1,682 canals, or khlongs, that wind through Bangkok like veins from the pulsating Chao Phraya River. She’s one

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A Coffee Shop of Her Own

By the time Sunday comes around, Nattapon is exhausted.
Sunday is the last day of the week, and most weeks for Nattapon, or Guitar, as her nickname goes, are filled – with work, school, and taking care of her three-year-old son Nava. (Sometimes she even finds time to sleep, too.)

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Co-creating a safe and ethical factory environment

It was not easy for Phan Thai Van to convince the factory manager of Unigen Vietnam to halt production for 90 minutes so that workers and managers could learn about international labor standards. After all, productivity is measured in output, and in short, time is money.
“This is the first

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Volunteer Steps Up to Help the Vulnerable and Abandoned

Improving Community Health for Healthy Aging
“Will they be lonely? Will they be left alone? What will they have for breakfast, lunch and dinner?”
Wassana Tadthong worries about her elderly neighbors who have no spouse, children, or siblings remaining. With no loved ones to turn to and a social safety

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Health Official Learns Simple Steps to Active Aging

Building Health Literacy for an Aging Population in Thailand
Just as someone who saves small amounts of money consistently from an early age can accumulate tremendous wealth for their retirement, one needs to build good health habits years and even decades in advance to maintain an active lifestyle in their

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Leader Uncovers New Ideas to Care for People with Disabilities

Before entering the 10th grade, healthcare worker Dr. Hoang Manh Hoai faced the most difficult decision of his young life. A horrible spell of weather had just wiped out all the crops on his family’s farm. Worsening matters, Hoai’s father had fallen dangerously ill. With the family’s sources of income

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Why Women Workers are Struggling to Seize their Rights

Vietnam has made great strides to increase women’s participation in the economy over the past 30 years. Today, 72% of women are in the workforce, giving Vietnam one of the highest female employment rates in the world, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). That fact, to be sure, is

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What can one dedicated doctor do to change a community?

Dr. Ratana Monprajak has moved her office outside on a cool, refreshing morning in Bangkok. It’s Constitution Day, and schools and many businesses are closed. A mobile health clinic has been set up at the end of a tucked away soi. The area is buzzing. Kids laugh and ride bicycles

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3 Ethical Tourism Spots in Thailand You Won’t Want to Miss

Ethical Tourism in Thailand
Tourism is big business in Thailand. The Kingdom attracts more than 35 million people annually and consistently ranks among the top 10 tourist destinations in the world. While there’s no question that the sector has brought an economic windfall to the country, tourism doesn’t come without

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Tourism Leader Stays Ahead of the Curve

Thailand began appearing on the radar of international travelers in the 1960s when a few hundred thousand people started coming each year to take in the gilded temples of Bangkok, lush valleys of Chiang Mai, and picturesque beaches of Phuket. Since that time, the Thai tourism industry has skyrocketed,

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