SAN FRANCISCO, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- KODAKIT, a Kodak company that connects businesses to photography services globally, today announced a partnership with Friends of Thai Daughters (FTD), a Massachusetts-registered nonprofit helping to protect girls and young women in Northern Thailand from child trafficking by providing safe shelter, education and support. KODAKIT will provide monetary and advisory support to FTD as the nonprofit continues to grow its efforts to help more young women across more regions in Thailand. In addition, KODAKIT CEO Eric Yves Mahe has joined FTD's Board of Directors. Mahe has also served on the board of the Mekong Club, an anti-trafficking organization in Hong Kong, since 2010.
Mahe said, "From my time working in Asia over several decades, I saw how prominent an issue child trafficking was and I wanted to be involved in combatting it. I was also inspired by FTD's vision, which isn't just to protect young women from trafficking, but to provide them with educational funding through university to enable them to be self-supporting adults when they graduate. FTD's program has produced amazing outcomes, and we're thrilled to help them extend their reach and impact."
FTD's mission is to provide intensive, comprehensive, long-term support to young Thai girls at risk of falling into human trafficking. Northern Thailand is particularly at risk for human trafficking as traffickers target hill tribe villages, home to undocumented ethnic minorities as well as Burmese and Lao migrant workers. Traffickers assure families that their daughters will be given jobs as waitresses or maids but they're instead sold into brothels. Founded in 2005, FTD protects these girls by providing shelter and education in a stable, supportive environment. Many are attending or have graduated from Thailand's top universities, and graduates have gone on to become nurses, teachers, artists and entrepreneurs.
Jane McBride, FTD's co-founder, said, "Eric's been a strong supporter of FTD's mission and we're grateful to now have the support of KODAKIT as well. We look forward to working with them to develop programs to connect photographers to the issue of child trafficking and we're excited about creating opportunities for our daughters to learn and develop skills in photography. The support of companies that do business in Thailand is vital to our ability to help more young women stay safe and reach their full potential."
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