Nightlight began in Bangkok, Thailand in 2005. It began from seeing the conditions that many many Thai women were forced to endure in the sex and trafficking industry and the desire to do something about it to bring about change.
Founded by Annie Dieselberg and her husband Jeff, who realized that it is one thing to take the women out of bars, or massage parlours, but then what? They often have children and elderly parents to support. They are often very damaged, emotionally, physically and spiritually. There needed to be a practical means of restoration and healing that provided a job with dignity, a job with purpose, while also providing counselling, medical treatment if required, support for their children, if possible emergency housing or shelter.
They began the work knowing it was a long term commitment, that there was no easy fix, no easy solution. They have been serving in the Nana District in Bangkok since. They have poured out themselves in bringing healing and hope and restoration to those who wish to be free. Their offices, their workplace, their lives are all in that area, seeing and reaching out on a daily basis to the women around them who live such desperate lives.
We are proud to sell their jewellery. It is not cheap, because they pay the women a good wage. But it is high quality, it is made with love and grace. Each piece sold, the money goes to keep the women in work, We buy directly from Nightlight, we have spent time in their offices, coffee shop, talking and getting to know some of the women and their stories. If you do purchase a piece of jewellery, thank you, your purchase has truly made a difference in someone’s life.
Below we have copied some information that Nightlight have on their website that tells you more about what they do. You can read it here.https://www.nightlightinternational.com/bangkok-programs/
The NightLight outreach team maintains a presence in the red-light district of Nana Sukhumvit, building relationships with women and children, and offering them a way out of their situation. In Bangkok, the NightLight outreach team meets hundreds of women and children every year through bar visits, street-level interactions, beauty shop outreach, and medical clinics. These women and children come not only from various parts of Thailand, but also from many countries across South America, Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Women receive paid vocational training and employment through NightLight Foundation and NightLight Design. Women can work in a variety of areas, including jewelry, apparel, screen-printing, baking, our coffee shop, and our childcare center. As women develop their skills, they are given the opportunity to branch out into additional areas such as technology, accounting, purchasing, management, marketing, networking, and public relations. Salaries are above minimum wage, and raises are given annually based on performance evaluations. NightLight also provides medical insurance and a savings plan, and scholarships are given to those who choose to continue their education. NightLight also has a small child care center for the children of the women employed at NightLight.
In addition to vocational training and employment, NightLight offers emergency shelter and crisis intervention (as needed), childcare, life skills training classes, educational scholarships, and spiritual development opportunities. Each week, women employed by NightLight are involved in small group sessions for personal healing and development. As part of our restoration program the women come together in the Thai and International program centers to participate in many of these activities as a community.
A growing number of internationally trafficked women are arriving on the streets in Bangkok. NightLight provides rescue and emergency relief for women and children at risk in the Nana/Sukhumvit area and engages in local and international advocacy on behalf of women and children working in the sex industry. NightLight partners with both governmental and non-governmental organizations for safe and successful repatriation of each woman.