Fellow Since 2000
House Full of Love
This profile was prepared when Suwannee Juboonsong was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
To help young Thais with chemical dependency, Suwanee has developed a therapeutic alternative to large, impersonal juvenile detention centers financed and managed by the state. She has won the support of the juvenile court in her province for her community-based residential treatment center. In carrying out her initial project, Suwanee has been careful to avoid outside interference in the center's day-to-day management, even going so far as to reject an offer of financial assistance from the local government. Using a strategy she hopes to apply to the development of future centers, Suwanee has raised the necessary funds for the center's operation from the local community and from a national network of prominent Thais working with the court systems.