Friends of Thai Daughters provides education, safe shelter and emotional support to girls at risk of being trafficked in Northern Thailand. Our program is intensive, comprehensive and produces amazing outcomes.
What began as a grass roots initiative to help a group of girls in need has turned out to be the most rewarding work we could have ever imagined. We started with a simple and clear vision to invest in each of our Daughters, to amplify her voice, improve her ability to succeed, give her the education and support she needs to escape exploitation and to be able to help her family and community. For more than 15 years, our Daughters have demonstrated grit, determination and gratitude. Our success is reflected by our Graduate Daughters who are now running the program.
– Patty Zinkowski & Jane McBride
The FTD Model
Prevention through Education
Education is the foundation of FTD’s mission. Our Daughters receive educational funding through university to enable them to be self-supporting adults upon graduation. Many of our Daughters attend or have graduated from Thailand’s top universities. Graduates have gone on to become nurses, teachers, artists and entrepreneurs.
Protection through Safe Shelter
FTD operates residential shelters known as “Sunflower Houses”. Each is home to 15 girls, ages 10 – 18, who live in a family setting under the care and guidance of loving houseparents. Daughters help with household chores, cooking and gardening. They enjoy music, dancing, hiking and field trips to different parts of Thailand. Volunteers teach English, arts and crafts, reading and sports.
Support through Loving Kindness
FTD is not just a program, it’s a family where older sisters help younger ones with homework and life skills, Housemothers provide a shoulder to cry on and the entire family celebrates each Daughter’s success. After Daughters graduate from college, they remain family members receiving emotional and professional support as they forge their careers and build their lives as strong, self-confident and independent young women.
Daughter Leadership Team