The Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai provinces of northern Thailand are home to marginalized ethnic minorities, including many who have left Myanmar. Originally refugee communities who were displaced by civil strife, many hilltribe members have been in Thailand for generations but are not considered citizens by the government of Thailand. This leaves them extremely vulnerable. Without citizenship, they have few legal rights, like access to education, medical care, or land. Without land, these communities, who depend on farming for survival, grow even more vulnerable.
The hilltribe farmers have limited access to permanent, rain-fed fields, leaving them with barren, degraded hillsides to provide for their families. Because the problems of deforestation, poverty, and human rights are interconnected, Plant With Purpose has been working alongside hilltribe communities to help them learn sustainable farming techniques while simultaneously helping them advocate for legal status in Thailand.
2006 Year Established
Upland Holistic Development Project Local Partner
Bunsak Thongdi Country Director
823,083 Trees Planted
17 Savings Groups
$42,618 Total Savings Group Member Equity
38 Church Partnerships
909 Participating Families
38 Participating Communities