WHY WE DO THIS WORK
There are areas of Thailand where children will leave their homes
to work as prostitutes in order to provide for their families.
Shared Space For All provides an alternative future.
THE WORK WE DO
Shared Space For All operates on the prevention side of sex work by mentoring and educating the most at-risk children in Thailand.
We provide education and opportunity that would not otherwise be available in Isaan. We invest in children by providing a safe space for learning, and qualified adults to teach and mentor.
HOW WE WORK TOGETHER
Our Thai and American boards work together to shape the work of Shared Space for All. We believe that serving the people of Isaan must be culturally responsive and holistic. Our Thai team of local professionals largely guides the work we do in Isaan, for the greatest benefit to the community.
LOCATION MEANS SOMETHING:
Thailand is a thriving, developing country, but the wealth of Bangkok and other tourist areas is not distributed to all. Isaan is the poorest region of Thailand, making its people particularly vulnerable. Many of its young people migrate to city centers for lucrative work, often leaving children behind to be raised by grandparents. Young women are particularly at-risk in this scenario, as the pressure on them to make enough money to provide financially for their extended families makes prostitution a viable choice. Workers from Isaan often end up in high-risk or hard labor employment. They are the servants of Thailand and its tourists. There seems to be systemic consequences to the southern migration of Isaan's workforce, including an elevated rates of school dropout, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, and alcoholism in men. Village children are at-risk to follow in their parents’ footsteps.
Shared Space For All provides an alternative
future for children from Isaan.
EDUCATION IS THE KEY
For the children of Isaan, education is a way out of the cycle of poverty and the limitations of ethnic class. It greatly reduces multiple risk factors including teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, and prostitution. Families who can afford it send their children to larger towns and cities to be educated, but many children are left in the village schools that offer little in terms of educational opportunity. Our focus on teaching children English as a second language, along with mentoring and tutoring, significantly increases the chance of post-secondary education and gainful, low-risk employment. Our teachers-as-mentors model of education provides children positive role models.
Shared Space For All provides children
an alternative future through education.
GOALS FOR 2019
Offer free education and mentoring to at-risk children in Isaan
Purchase land and begin construction of our education center in the village of Sam Prao, Isaan
Employ Thai teachers and staff members
Support SSFA-graduating high school students with college scholarships
Provide on-site volunteer opportunities for American donors
Shared Space For All accomplishes
its goals with donor support.
Danielle Slaughter Neufeld - Board Member / Executive Director (Seattle)
Garth Neufeld - Board Member / President (Seattle)
Randy Harlow - Board Member / Secretary and Treasurer (Seattle)
Katie Carpenter - Board Member (Seattle)
Adam Gilbert - Board Member (Seattle)
Jason Harwood - Board Member (Seattle)
Alyssa Huff - Board Member (Seattle)
Jill Lamb - Board Member (Santa Clara)
Laurie Reddy - Board Member (Seattle)
Julie Slaughter - Board Member (Fresno)
Cale Livingston - Graphic Designer (Fresno)
Jonathan Stephens, Esq - Legal Counsel (Seattle)
Supunnee Pargul is Thai and hails from Sam Prao, Isaan. After she earned a B.A. in English from Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, she taught second grade english for three years at Wattana Wittayalai Academy. After earning her M.A. in International Community Development from Northwest University in Seattle, "Nee" returned to her village to begin this work.
Danielle and Supunnee met in Seattle in 2014 after earning the same Master’s degree in International Community Development, a year apart. Independently and unbeknownst to one another, they had each focused their graduate theses on the region of Isaan, Thailand, Danielle on cultural contextualization and Supunnee on child education. Soon after, Danielle headed to Isaan to see Nee's village. In 2015, Supunnee returned to Isaan to offer quality education to children in her village. At any given time, she hosted classes of 20-80 children in her mother’s house. After another visit to Isaan, this time with her husband, Danielle and Garth started Shared Space for All to help support the work that Supunnee had begun.
DANIELLE SLAUGHTER NEUFELD
Executive Director, Founder
Danielle Neufeld holds an M.A. in International Community Development and a B.A in International Relations. Her Master’s thesis was the inspiration for Shared Space for All. In this paper, she outlines the economic and cultural systems that sustain prostitution in Thailand. Danielle speaks Thai conversationally and is an experienced cultural broker with a knack for understanding and navigating Thai collectivist culture. Danielle has been working with women and children in Northeast Thailand since 2014.
Garth Neufeld is an educator who is passionate about work that serves vulnerable populations. He first traveled to Thailand in 2008 and has returned, nearly annually since then. He and his wife, Danielle, started Shared Space For All in 2016. Garth manages much of the American side of the operations of the organization.