2016 Pong Beneficiary: Dton Naam
(Funding Recipient since 2013)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organisation Description: Dton Naam is a small NGO with a big heart, supporting young men, women and transgender (ladyboys) in Bangkok who desire to leave sex-work behind. Dton Naam runs a coffee shop/bakery/retail business that provides job training and work experience for their clients. In addition, Dton Naam provides a range of support services, counselling and educational classes that equips and encourages a population who are often harassed, discriminated against and misunderstood.
Project Focus: Prevention, Aftercare, Vocational Training
Project Description: The Pong are partnering with Dton Naam to fund the salary and ongoing training/staff care for two full-time staff members: a social worker and a counselor throughout 2017. These staff will have a direct impact on the lives of at-risk teens and transgender young people through the development of quality rehabilitation and aftercare services.
Comment from Ping Pong-A-Thon Director: ‘I love the diversity of organisations we are able to support through The Pong. Dton Naam are one of the very few organisations supporting transgendered young people in Asia. They’re creating a model for other non-profits to follow in the future’.