After seeing PFC's "Stand By Me" video on YouTube in 2008, musicians Gigi Nemrod and her friends 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 decided to model the same principles and initiate a music program for disadvantaged Thai children. In 2012 Gigi and her team founded a local NGO that has now become the Paintbrush Foundation.
Our arts program in the Khlong Toey slum provides a safe and uplifting space where self-esteem can strengthen and creativity flourish through free music and art lessons, rehearsals and English classes. The program instills a sense of hope, self-worth and cross-cultural awareness in children who come from challenging circumstances. Instructors currently teach small group lessons in guitar, ukulele, bass, keys, drums and vocals. The program is open 4 days a week. Traditional Thai music instruments are also part of the curriculum.
LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY
With over 100,000 inhabitants spread over a densely populated swathe of Southern Bangkok, Khlong Toey is the largest slum community in Thailand. The area was initially developed in the early 20th century around an enormous slaughterhouse, and is now home to Bangkok’s primary shipping port along the Chao Phraya River.