We help students who are at risk of:

  1. poverty
  2. malnutrition
  3. poor education
  4. exploitation

Our programs aim to:

  1. provide both broad and specialized skills for future employment opportunities
  2. encourage more nutritious eating and cooking methods for our students and their families
  3. support students with supplementary education in the areas of language, math, art, and culinary arts 
  4. offer a safe space where children can learn to be leaders, gain self esteem, and have fun


We currently work with at risk students and their families located in various areas around Bangkok, Thailand.

The Origin of Courageous Kitchen and our Fun Philosophy

Courageous Kitchen began in 2009 as a small Bangkok based initiative called In Search of Sanuk which aimed to provide emergency food and housing for children and families most in need. The word ‘sanuk’ is the Thai word meaning fun/enjoyment. We chose that name because we believe every child, regardless of their situation, has the right to have a happy and healthy childhood. We believe fun and learning should come first and that all children should be free from worry and the burdens of poverty and suffering.

The documentary “Urban Refugee: Bangkok” was filmed and produced by Tara Milutis.

Later, in 2014, Dwight and Christy began to cook regularly with a small group of students who had especially poor nutrition and self-esteem. The response to the kitchen project was overwhelmingly positive. Soon after In Search of Sanuk came to be better known for our activities in the kitchen, and in late 2015, the project was registered in the US as tax exempt 501(c)3 under the name Courageous Kitchen Inc.

We still believe fun and learning come first and use the kitchen as a space to create a fun environment where children can learn the life skills needed to be leaders in their communities.