The Well is a Christian ministry that serves women who have either already been victimized by the Thai sex industry or are at risk.
The factors underlying and surrounding the huge Thai sex industry are many and complex (see infographic below). The Well brings a holistic, multi-pronged approach to this immense need. Our efforts include broad-based education, trauma and addiction recovery, family and community health, and job creation. And because the need is so vast, our ultimate mission goes beyond reaching individual women but to equipping Thai people to address the problem.
The Well exists to help transform Thailand through reaching sex industry workers and others at risk, training them as leaders, and sending them to reach others.
The Well is named for the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4 that resulted in her introducing him to her village. The Well reaches out to women in in red-light districts or other places of brokenness, and offers opportunity not only for healing and restoration, but for training as change agents following the model of Jesus.
Intake and Assessment
A woman joins The Well either as a result of direct outreach to red-light areas or through word-of-mouth referral.
In her first few days she is thoroughly assessed for physical, emotional and social health, and after an orientation period, is placed either in the full-time recovery program or in work-study. If she is coming in with a nursing baby, she will care for her baby while participating in daily activities, until daycare is arranged.
If she is unable to work and manage her life due to trauma disorder, she will spend time in the recovery unit, a safe, healing environment that provides therapeutic activities and counseling. Activities include art, music, movement (e.g. yoga, zumba), support groups, and classes on basic life skills. She will do light, low-stress but interesting work such as greeting card and jewelry assembly and baking.
If she doesn’t need dedicated recovery, she will begin focusing on career development, either planning her own business or developing employable skills. She will then focus on vocation approximately 3/4 time, and take classes the other 1/4. Her work will provide 50-90% of her income. The Well then provides a stipend to make up the rest of her need, based on the number and ages of her children.
If she develops a solid track record in work and study, she is offered a position leading others. This may be as a work supervisor or other manager, teaching classes, mentoring others, outreach or other outside ministry.
If she completes high school equivalency, she may be offered financial assistance to attend vocational school, college or university.
The Well Program