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.
For now the program is run in back alleyways and loaned temporary shelters provided by the locals every Saturday from 12-5pm and every Wednesday afternoon from 4-7pm. Guitar, ukelele, keyboard, drums and dance are passionately taught to approximately 20 eager students. Aom and Gig are actively seeking financial support for room rental expenses so the kids can have a secure environment for learning.
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.
The PFCF Team Visits Khlong Toeyby William Aura
The PFCF team visited the infamous Khlong Toey slum area yesterday and was welcomed into the homes of some of the students. As some of you may know, the Khlong Toey slum is basically a squatters town of 100,000 residents. Drug abuse and heavy-handed violence is an everyday occurrence and unfortunately witnessed all too often by the children.
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.