18 February 2013
A Chance for Change episode 5: Graduation
Video by Jingjai N.
Two months away from graduation, Daojai is discouraged and wants to quit the programme. But in the end, she decides to stay and keep on trying. Urairat realizes she wants to become a chef. Find out what the future holds for these two girls at the end of their training.
‘A Chance for Change’ is a five-part reality TV series for YouTube.
The series captures the experiences of two girls who took part in a unique programme aimed at providing underprivileged young people with opportunities to improve their lives. Daojai Saetor, 20, is a poor Mon-ethnic youth from Tabberk Village in Petchabun Province who wants to continue her education. Urairat Srisara, 18, is from the northeastern province of Nongkhai. Urairat’s father died when she was just seven months old. She was raised by her grandfather and relatives who had no money for her to further her studies.
The series shows the many challenges the girls faced when they came to Bangkok last year to learn the hotel trade and how they overcame them. The Youth Career Development Programme (YCDP), initiated by UNICEF and the Pan Pacific Hotel in 1995, provides a five-month hotel training course for disadvantaged young people. It teaches them work and life skills, and provides them with employment opportunities and security while reducing their risk of being trafficked or exploited.