2016 Pong Beneficiary: Home of New Beginnings
(Funding Recipient since 2013)
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Organisation Description: The Home of New Beginnings is a holistic relational organisation that seeks to address the spiritual, emotional, physical and educational needs of women and children who desire to leave the sex trade. It is a place of safety and hope. Beginnings focus on supporting young women in furthering education.
Project Focus: Education
Project Description: Since 2013, The Pong have partnered with Home of New Beginnings to fund the educational costs of teenage girls in the Beginnings program who have left the sex industry and are now working hard to achieve their high school certificate. Many of the girls/women at Beginnings have been forced by the poverty of their families to move to the cities at a young age to find work in order to support the family back in rural areas. Often the only work available for those with low education is sex-work. Achieving their high school certificate within the supportive Beginnings environment, (that also provides accommodation, a sense of family, counselling and vocational training), is helping to create a new future for these precious young women (many of whom continue their education at university while at Beginnings).
Comment from Ping Pong-A-Thon Director: ‘You walk through the door at The Home of New Beginnings and you immediately feel like you’re home. There is a beautiful, gentle, encouraging and creative environment here that enables young women (some really, just still girls), to rest, heal, be loved, equipped and educated. As Beginnings launches a second centre (in Pattaya, Thailand) in late 2016, The Pong look forward to supporting the education of many more girls at Beginnings’.