Khlong Toey Music Program

Bangkok, 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.

Click here for more photos from the Khong Toey program on flickr!

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NEWS

Apr 09, 2014

Thailand Meets Madagascar

by 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.

 

  • Géraldine "Gigi" Nemrod, Co-Founder

    After volunteering in Thailand for 6 months, French teacher and musician Gigi started her own project, Lullabies for Thailand, which combined her love for music with her desire to help others. When she heard about PFC, it all became clear: she wanted to create opportunities for underprivileged children to learn music in Bangkok.

  • Aom Amm, Co-Founder

    A native of Thailand, Aom met Gigi while organizing a PFC Day event in September 2011. The two women decided to combine efforts and began collecting donated instruments and recruiting volunteer music teachers to provide music instruction and a safe environment for the many vulnerable children in the Khlong Toey slum.