My name is Puii. I am divorced and have 5 daughters in my care. When my eldest daughters were in preschool, they attended preschool at the local Community Centre. This is where I had an opportunity to meet workers from Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH). After several talks, I became interested in their handicraft classes and decided to join the card-making program. Later, I enrolled in some sewing classes with another local foundation. Not long after I finished my courses, I returned to UNOH to start the “Fair Wear” line of nightwear, this enabled me to work from home so that I could care for my children. Today, I help manage and sew for the Upcycled Wares project with several other women making crafts and accessories from used clothing.
I see the UNOH workers as friends who give kindly and unconditionally. Having grown up in a dysfunctional family, I feel that the love I got from them was a kind that I had never received from anyone before, even from my own family. Now I feel loved regardless of who I am or what social status I have. These people came into my life like a family. They helped me get through so many tough times. I believe that the most important thing is true love. If we have that genuine love, we will be truly happy from within which leads us to spread that love to others.
GMP partners with Urban Neighbours of Hope (UNOH) by supporting microenterprise initiatives in the Klong Toey Slum, Thailand. Klong Toey is made up of more than 80,000 people from various backgrounds – some migrating from poor rural villages seeking better wages in the city, others second or third generation of living in the slum.
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