Prateep Ungsongtham Hata received The World's Children's Prize in 2004 for her 40-year-long struggle for the rights of Thailand’s most vulnerable children.
Since she was 16, Prateep has spent all her time fighting to give tens of thousands of poor children in slums and rural areas a better life and the chance to go to school.
Prateep’s organisation offers children financial support; runs fifteen pre-schools, a school for children with hearing impairments, and homes for vulnerable children; builds school libraries; lends money via “The Bank of the Poor”, and runs “The Poor People’s Radio Station”, where children can make their voices heard.
Prateep’s life is threatened by criminal gangs in Bangkok’s slums. They don’t like her giving poor children an education and a chance to say ’no’ to dangerous work, drugs, prostitution and criminality.
Learn more about Prateep in the Globe Magazine from 2009:
Text: Andreas Lönn, Photos: Paul Blomgren
The facts and figures on this page were accurate at the time of writing, in 2004
Text: Andreas Lönn