In this interview, I speak with Annie Dieselberg, founder of Nightlight International in Bangkok, about her work to build an organization that has helped more than 150 women leave Bangkok’s sex trade through job training, counseling, and empowerment programs.
Through this discussion, we speak a lot about complexity of the challenges that she must address as part of this process, how that shapes her organization, and the importance of having a strong leadership team that can help deliver on the vision.
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Through this series, we speak with Asia based entrepreneurs whose mission it is to bring solutions to the environmental, social, and economic challenges that are faced within the region to learn more about their vision, the opportunities they see, and challenges that they have had to overcome.
It is a series that we hope will not only engage and inspire you, but catalyze you and your organizations into action. To identify a challenge that is tangible, and build a business model (profit or non) that brings a solution to the market
Annie Dieselberg is the CEO and co-founder of NightLight International. Annie has a passion to see women and children freed from the sexual exploitation of prostitution and trafficking, and to see the global church and community working together to free, heal, and restore all who have been broken and wounded through the sex trade. Spending her formative years growing up in Congo, Belgium, Thailand, and India, Annie developed a heart for the marginalized and a passion against injustice.
Annie and her husband Jeff, were sent by International Ministries to Bangkok in 1994 where Annie assisted the director of a local Compassion International project doing visitations in slum communities and volunteered at Rahab Ministry doing bar outreach among women in prostitution.
NightLight was founded in 2005 with the purpose of providing holistic alternative employment to women at risk or escaping sexual exploitation. NightLight Design, the jewelry business has employed over 160 Thai women since 2005. NightLight Foundation works to prevent, intervene, rescue, and rehabilitate women and children from sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Annie is a love revolutionary determined to see the dark places where sexual exploitation takes women and children captive, transformed into places of hope, freedom, and opportunity.
NightLight Foundation: https://www.nightlightinternational.com
Personal Website: https://anniedieselberg.com
Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 15 years in Asia working to engage, inspire, and equip those around him to take their first step. Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, Brubaker works with government, corporate, academic and non-profit stakeholders to bring together knowledge, teams, and tools that develop and execute their business case for sustainability.