At Courageous Kitchen we work with extremely vulnerable children in Bangkok, Thailand. These children are at risk of extreme poverty, malnutrition, a lack of access to education, and a lack of safe shelter. As a result, they are at risk of being exploited.
We currently provide these services at no cost to participants:
- Informal Pre-School for 3-6 year olds
- Cooking, English, and Other Supplementary Education Classes for 11-17 Year Olds
- Distribution of Food and Hygiene Products
- Support for Housing and Medical Emergencies
With this in mind, Courageous Kitchen works to combat these risks and their consequences through its core program. Through our work in the kitchen we fight poverty by providing both broad and specialized skills for future employment opportunities. Children learn hard skills that can be used in kitchens across the world, but also learn how to work with others, use their creativity, and delegate tasks. We encourage a multilingual environment where children learn Thai and English. We also work with parents in the communities with job placement and livelihoods assistance when appropriate.
To combat the risk of malnutrition we teach and encourage our students to prepare nutritious foods and teach the best cooking methods. With every class our students experience new foods, new flavors, and learn about cuisine and cooking techniques from around the world. We want to make sure that our children learn to enjoy nutritious foods and never go to bed hungry.
The children we work with tend to face discrimination and exclusion from education opportunities. We also provide supplementary education in the areas of language, math, art, and culinary instruction. We also support students without the financial means to be enrolled in local public schools with support for tuition, uniforms, and activity fees.
We offer a safe space where children can learn to be leaders, gain self esteem, and have fun. Research shows that children with high self esteem who are part of a close community are less likely to face exploitation. We work to ensure that our children have a safe space to play and learn. In addition to our free education programs, we offer emergency shelter support and emergency medical support to families in need. We want to make sure children are not out on the streets and have a safe place to sleep and access to medical care.