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A Chance for Change

BANGKOK, 14 January 2013 – UNICEF Thailand will launch a five-episode reality video series, ‘A Chance for Change’ about the two poor girls who took part in a five-month training aimed at improving the future prospects by teaching them skills in the hospitality industry. ‘A Chance for Change’ will be aired on UNICEF Thailand’s YouTube Channel.

The series captures the experiences of Daojai Saetor, 20, a poor Mon-ethnic youth from Tabberk Village in Petchabun Province, who wants to further her education, and Urairat Srisara, 18, from the northeastern province of Nongkhai, whose father died when she was just seven months old. The series shows the challenges they face and how they strive to overcome them after coming to Bangkok to take part in the training at five-star hotels.

The Youth Career Development Programme (YCDP) was initiated by UNICEF Thailand and the Pan Pacific Hotel in 1995 to reduce the risks of young girls and boys of being trafficked or exploited. The programme, in addition to providing hands-on training in the work and skills they need to secure jobs in the hospitality industry, also teaches life skills and builds the overall confidence they will need to succeed in life.

The programme “started with Pan Pacific taking on young boys and girls into their training programme and eventually giving them employment,” said Andrew Morris, the UNICEF Deputy Representative. “The scheme is innovative and very life-changing.”

Over the past decade, the YCDP programme has expanded to many other five-star hotels, providing opportunities for more than a thousand disadvantaged young people.  Last year, 18 leading hotels in Bangkok and other provinces, including the JW Marriott, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel and the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, took part in the scheme. Under the programme, students are trained in various areas of hospitality service, such as food and beverages, housekeeping, flower arranging, laundry and English skills.

Starting 21 January 2013, find out how the five-month hotel training course changed the lives of these two girls. Visit

For more information, please contact
Nattha Keenapan, UNICEF Thailand, 02 356 9478, 086 616 7555 or



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