We believe in empowering women and girls at a community level to end exploitation.
Co-Founder + Program Director
Alexa Pham is a professional photographer. He passion for humanitarian work has propelled her on adventure throughout the world for the past decade working with nonprofits from Germany to Nepal. She spearheads developing RISE Workshops and runs our training and educational programs at the ChaiLaiOrchid.com.
Co-Founder + Director of Artisan Outreach and Product Development
Hannah Herr is an artist and designer who received a BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2009 and is set to receive her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook in 2016. She has exhibited her work in New York, London, Seattle, Mexico City, Berlin and Ulaanbaatar, and recently completed a Fulbright research grant to Mongolia to study Kazakh traditional craft. She leads the artisans outreach project to develop products with indigenous craftswomen
Kayla Gill holds a BA in community development and a passion for immigrant and refugee rights. She’s worked in migrant worker’s rights education, financial education and foreclosure prevention for low-income minority homeowners, and as a teacher in Thailand.
Teacher + Community Mentor
Wah studied English and Karen History at Mae La refugee camp. She hopes one day the Karen people will have a free state so she can pass on her knowledge and help preserve Karen culture. Currently Wah teaches Karen literacy and history workshops.
Fran studied English Lit at college and believes that the written word is a really powerful tool. Having lived in Thailand for a year she soon developed a desire for social justice for ethnic minority people. Now Fran leads media advocacy projects and supports Daughters Rising in person when she’s not teaching Shakespeare and grammar to teenagers in the UK.