Thailand Hill Tribe Education Project
AKHA HILL STUDENT PROJECT EDUCATION OF VILLAGE CHILDREN
Hill tribe people
Northern Thailand is home to several Hill Tribes. Farming has been the mainstay occupation of Ahka and other Hill Tribe people for the past 20 years. Previously, these nomadic Hill tribes operated in a slash/burn fashion, requiring them to move on or destroy more jungle in order to continue planting rice fields. Hence, a village could only occupy a piece of land for a maximum of 3 to 4 years before the land became exhausted ? forcing the villagers to relocate.
Nowadays things are different. The Thai government controls the land, and has stopped the burning and destruction of the jungle. Rice fields must now be planted on the same field every year. This has made life hard for the Hill Tribe people; without the use of new fields there is not enough rice growing to feed them all year. Age old customs of the Hill Tribe people have faded. With no work in the fields, schooling has become increasingly important.
Most schools are far away and very expensive. Parents are struggling to finance their children?s future and education. Children fortunate enough to have an education are then unable to work in their own villages, due to lack of opportunity. Thus, forcing Hill Tribe people to move to larger cities, away from home.
The children of the Hill Tribe Villages go to primary and middle school (age: 5 ? 16) in the local Thai village. To finish school and/or get a diploma, students must go to Chiang Rai. Some children have gone to weekend school to complete some high school grades, and found the quality of education to be inferior to that in regular schools. In the past, the Akha Hill Student Project has sent children to study at the high school in Chiang Rai. However, the cost of food, school needs, uniforms, textbooks and accommodation are very difficult to cover. Ten percent of Akha Hill House profit is donated to the Student Project, however, this is insufficient to fully fund higher education. The Akha Hill Student Project is able to help children from local villages go to primary and middle high school.
Village resident , Apae, has developed four sources of funding to help support the village children?s
education for primary and middle high school.
1. Individual / Group sponsors (2,000 Baht per student per year in primary school)
2. Individual / Group sponsors (3,000 Baht per student per year in middle high school)
3. Tourist donations
4. 10% of Akha Hill House profits
The money raised goes towards helping put the local children through school, and improving the facilities of the school in the village of Pong Nam Rhon. The children hope to continue their education. However, this is not possible without your support!!! We require individual and group sponsors to help us to assist these students. Your participation- big or small - in the Akha Hill student project is greatly appreciated!
THANK YOU! - GUILAH HUI MA!
Can be sent from your home to : Akha Hill Student Project
Chiang Rai Branch
Account number: 262-4-628174
The people heading this project are: Apae Amor, Kasem Yesaw and Asui Rakchad
The local school relies on volunteers to teach basic English to the Akha, Thai, Lisu and Chinese village children (age: 6? 15) as there is no regular English Teacher. We need English speaking volunteers for two weeks and / or preferably longer to teach English. Food and Lodging are provided at the Akha Hill House. This is a truly wonderful experience for those who choose to volunteer, as it is a unique opportunity to experience and be part of life in a hilltribe village.