Our Journey

Through regular music and arts classes, we are striving to make a positive difference in the lives of the children of the Khlong Toey slum community



The Paintbrush Foundation (previously Khlong Toey Music Program) is a non-profit organization established in October 2012 with the aim of creating positive social change through music and arts.

Inspired by the Playing for Change (PFC) movement and related Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF), the Paintbrush team began by arranging free music lessons once a week for underprivileged kids in the Khlong Toey slum community.

Soon after, PFCF offered its support, and in June 2013, Paintbrush became the 9th music program to be officially endorsed by the Playing For Change Foundation.

Fast forward nine years later, the Paintbrush foundation is open 5 days a week, and teach western music, Thai classical music, visual arts and English to about 70 children.



With over 100,000 inhabitants spread over a densely populated swathe of Southern Bangkok, the Khlong Toey slum is the largest of its community in Thailand. The area was initially developed in the early 20th century around an enormous slaughterhouse, and is now home to Bangkok’s primary shipping port along the Chao Phraya River.

Many of the children who grow up here face daily challenges relating to poverty, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, drug addiction and alcoholism, just to name a few. Though loving families support and encourage some, a large percentage of children from the Khlong Toey slum encounter obstacles that a child should never have to face.

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What drives us

Our Mission

We strive to empower the underprivileged children of the Khlong Toey communities by creating tangible opportunities for education and fostering personal growth through artistic activities.


Board members

President Paintbrush



Mind is a music and art lover. He is also a counseling psychologist and a lecturer. He deeply appreciates the Paintbrush Foundation team, for devoting themselves to cultivating a safe and empathetic space where children can grow and flourish in their own unique way.

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Bo is a teaches English and Thai as a foreign language. She has been working in the education field for more than 10 years and believes that teaching knowledge and skills to children at their youngest age is essential as once they grow up, they will be able to help themselves and be an asset to their own country with these very same skills. She knows that children who have few opportunities in life really need the support of kind-hearted adults. Bo has worked at Paintbrush for 5 years as an executive coordinator, with the hope that music and arts would foster the children’s self development in terms of mood, mind and abilities. She has now moved on to a new chapter of her life but remains a trusted board member of the foundation.

Board member


Board member

Aum started learning music when he was 12 years old. He graduated from Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University in Bangkok with a major in Music, with a focus on Jazz Guitar. He says that “Music is a religion, it’s like a place where the mind can find peace.” Aum is our former guitar teacher. He has taught with us since our school first opened in October 2012, until December 2019. Since then, Aum remains a trusted board member of our foundation.