Khlong Toey Music ProgramBangkok, Thailand
After seeing PFC's "Stand By Me" video on YouTube in 2008, musicians Aom Amm and Gigi Nemrod were deeply inspired. Little did they know that simply viewing a video would soon change their lives in a profound way. Upon further investigation they read about the efforts of the foundation and from that moment on decided to model the same principles and initiate a music program for disadvantaged Thai children. The Khlong Toey Music program was founded in August 2012.
This is not just a music program, but a vital mission that helps build self-esteem and hope in young people, providing a sense of family and belonging for kids who might otherwise be roaming in gangs, sniffing glue and taking drugs. Aom, Gigi and five teachers volunteer their time for the benefit of the Thai students. Most of the program's music instruments were contributed by generous supporters.
Thanks to the efforts of program founders, Gigi and Aom, the Khlong Toey Music Program has a home. A rented building in the Khlong Toey slum has been transformed into a vibrant music school by teachers, volunteers and students who painted the walls and contributed their own art to make it their own. The students now have a safe place to learn music, dance and enjoy being children.
OTHER WAYS TO GIVE
Repairs two instruments
Repairs two instruments
Purchase 1 Acoustic Guitar
MEET WITH A STUDENT
Aygo is a talented and spirited ukelele student at the Khlong Toey music program. She is a brave young lady who recently told her story for an upcoming Thai PBS documentary on PFCF's efforts in Thailand.
Thailand Meets Madagascarby Thea Karki
On March 21st, the Khlong Toey Music Program in Bangkok welcomed some special guests. The extraordinary all-female Brazilian percussion group, “Bloco Malagasy”, came from the underprivileged area of Toliara, Madagascar. “Bloco Malagasy” joined PFCF students from the Khlong Toey for a musical cross-cultural exchange. Throughout the day, members of the percussion group and students at Khlong Toey had the opportunity to collaborate on art projects, play music and dance together. The visit provided a space for individual expression and collective inspiration.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
This notorious area in south Bangkok is home to about 100,000 people. People at Khlong Toey face many problems typical of a slum area. The vicious cycle of poverty also makes it hard to break from engaging in criminal activity as well as drug and alcohol dependence. With such social and financial problems, the children are often prevented from receiving a proper education.