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Social Community Development Programs
Lon's story has already led to NGO projects by The Sainam Foundation, located in Surin, Thailand. The mission of this project is to establish villages that will provide each with accommodations; vocational training; a medical dispensary; and a school dedicated to caring for at-risk girls and those seeking refuge from the sex-tourist industry.

SAINAM Foundation is an N.G.O. fully recognised by the Thai Government, founded in January 2007 and began operations in February 2007

SAINAM is a non-religious, non-partisan organisation, which does not engage in discrimination on the basis of race, religion, political belief, gender or cultural background

SAINAM is active in North Eastern Thailand (Isaan), the poorest region of the country where farming is the main activity.

SAINAM mostly helps children who have been orphaned/abandoned by their parents or are extremely poor.

SAINAM provides educational scholarships, developmental assistance, and medical care, for the neediest people living in the areas where the N.G.O. is active..

Sainam Foundation
20 Moo 7, Ban Naudom, T. Phai, Rattana Buri, Surin 32130 Thailand
Contacts: claudio@sainam.net / claudio.sainam@gmail.com
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Documentary in Progress

Folke Ryden
Reporter, director, producer



Lon was born into a deprived family in a rural Thai village. At the age of 13, when her father died, she was sent away from home to work in Bangkok. In less than a year, her virginity was sold to a tourist for 30,000 Baht (900 USD). Despite being lonely and ashamed of herself, Lon felt she was obliged to become a sex worker to support her family back home. Her family never asked where the money came from. They only asked for more.

Today, 16 years later, Lon is held at a low security hospital in the U.K. She was incarcerated after chasing a police officer with a knife when her newborn baby was taken away from her. Her mental health was questioned.

Now she is about to be released and deported. This is when our story begins.
The film follows Lon back to Thailand, back to her native village and family, back to the red-light district in Bangkok where it all started.

Behind the smile paints a  picture of Thailand, far beyond stereotyped news coverage.

Duration: 52 and 58 min.
Scheduled delivery: 2012
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Film in Pre-Production

A film based on Lon’s life is currently in its preliminary planning stages by an independent film company.