On a recent trip to Thailand, I happened across some greeting cards in my hotel lobby that were illustrated by chldren and produced by the Duang Prateep Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand. I had heard about this organization from previous experiences in Thailand. I knew about their excellent work in the slums of Bangkok.
I proceeded to contact them about bringing their cards to the USA, and including them as part of our product line. They agreed, and so we have introduced them in our Fall Supplemental catalog (wholesale only). We hope that they will begin to be available in stores near you (and online). We will have them up on our website in the coming weeks.
Here is a little history of the Duang Prateep Foundation, and some of the worthy projects that they are actively engaged in.
The founder, Prateep Ungsongtham, grew up in the Klong Toey slum of Bangkok. She worked very hard to save money to put herself through school. She became a teacher, but eventually found she was spending more time dealing with life in the slums, than teaching. She also began doing more advocacy work for the slum dwellers that didn't have a voice.
Eventually the Duang Prateep Foundation was established in 1978, with 5 staff members. It has now grown to over 100 staff (most of whom are from the slum) and 20 volunteers. The core program of the DPF is to establish kindergartens, and provide educational sponsorships. They have also expanded into other areas including micro-credit, HIV/AIDS programs, drug rehabilitation programs, and more.
We are starting with 3 styles of the greeting cards, and hope to add more products from this organization (and other community organizations that make high quality products) in the future. When you purchase these cards, you will not only be supporting the DPF, but we will be putting $0.15 from every card sale into a fund to support children's programs around the world. Want to do more? You can also make donations directly to this organization. Want to do more? Perhaps you have a blog, you can write about them and the many things they are doing to give children a chance through education.