Our mission at The Well is 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.
The factors underlying and surrounding the huge Thai sex industry are many and complex (see infographic). The Well brings a holistic, multi-pronged approach to this immense need. Our efforts include broad-based education, trauma and addiction recovery, community connections, parenting classes, and job creation. Our ultimate mission goes beyond reaching individual women and into equipping Thai people to address the problem.
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 the work-study program.
If she shows signs of a 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 life skills classes.
If she doesn’t need dedicated recovery, she will begin focusing on career development, either planning her own business or developing employable skills. Her work will provide 50-90% of her income, and The Well provides a stipend to make up the rest, providing her and her children with extra stability.
Leadership & Education
If she develops a solid track record, 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.
Systemic View of the Thai Sex Industry