This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Thailand, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!

Overview

See Thailand Events.

Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Eugene Wee, Grant Pereira, Ricky Tan

SG Organisations

Radion International Foundation (started by 2 Singaporeans) is the only NGO serving the Hmong community in the village of Khek Noi, the largest Hmong community in Thailand. It serves about 17,000 people Hmong-Thai villagers and Hmong-Lao refugees. Its programmes include:

1) StreetKIDS! Shelter - rehabilitation shelter for children rescued from abuse, high risk backgrounds (substance abuse) or critically needy background.

2) Village Outreach - food distribution & medical support work amongst destitute and needy families

3) Humanitarian Relief - providing disaster relief and humanitarian aid (Medical & practical aid) during crisis.

4) SHOPHOUSE! - community empowerment project that administers work-skill training and job creation for victims of domestic violence and needy villagers, including an internet café & laundry service.

5) Phetchabun Integrated Farm - serves as a training platform and a prototype test bed for new technologies, such as anaerobic digestors. Wild boar, fish and ducks are reared here, and rice, corn and mushroom is grown here.


Key Projects


Hilltribe Organic Tea is a Green Volunteers group project to help poor hilltribe villlagers in Northern Thailand grow cash crops, and more importantly, to slow down global warming.

The Akha Way eco-tourism project in Chiang Rai.

Project Aegis aims to build a Learning Center for Development of Local Wisdom in Chaina Pattana School in the Sena District of Ayutthaya, Thailand. It will be used by the local community to provide education for those who lack opportunity in the formal education system and those who want to resume their studies. Project M.A.I.A is a student-run initiative aimed at targeting Maternal And Infant Mortality in Southeast Asian countries. It has the two-pronged aim of conducting summer school programs and distributing maternal packs in villages; along with drafting a directive to encourage the promotion of childbearing rights and the protection of young children.

Potential Host Partners


These are organisations Singaporeans have done projects with:

Radion International Foundationis a relief and development agency dedicated to serving the most vulnerable communities by empowering them to overcome poverty through practical actions and credible development projects. RADION aims to be the catalyst for change within these communities so they can in turn touch others. RADION has worked with NUS Medical Society, *SCAPE, CRU Singapore, etc

Care Corner Orphanage Foundation is a children's home in Chiangmai for orphaned and underprivilegded Thai children. The work is expanding fast among the children who came from family devastated by drug addiction or AIDS. The orphanage also provides shelter for girls who would otherwise be lured into prostitution.

Child’s Dream is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering marginalised children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region, which includes Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. We achieve this by working in partnership with communities to improve the educational and health situation for their children and youth.

Development & Education Program for Daughters and Communities Centre

Dragonfly's Volunteer Thailand Project offers volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in helping local communities in the most rural and traditional areas of Thailand - regions which need support the most.

Ebannok is a social enterprise that provides an e-commerce platform for hill tribes in northern Thailand to sell the handicrafts that they produce in between harvest seasons.

Elephant Nature Park is a project set in Northern Thailand to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants.

International Care & Relief Foundation

Mirror Art Group is a non-profit NGO working in the Mae Yao sub-district of Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. They employ a number of projects to help the peoples of our area make a better life for themselves while still retaining their cultural identities. They believe that with a strong, active community the hilltribes can make the transition to a beneficial coexistence with lowland Thai society and combat such issues as drug abuse, erosion of culture and trafficking of women and children.

Population and Community Development Association operates a wide variety of programs designed to serve and assist the rural poor of Thailand. These programs cover such diverse activities as free vasectomies, income generation programs at village level, forest replanting schemes, vegetable banks, industry relocation into rural areas, mobile health clinics, environmental education programs, and a democracy project.

The YMCA for Northern Development Foundation is a non-profit organization working to promote a people-centered development,committed to the social,political and economic welfare of all people while protecting the precious naturalresources in Thailand.

Youth Innovation Years was initiated by a group of young people in 2003, with Thai RuralNet, Civicnet Institute and National Council for Youth Development (NCYD) as the main advisors and funded by UNICEF, FAO, Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand (KNIT) and Thai Health Promotion Fund (THPF). Its goal is to promote youth participation and support young people to become young social entrepreneurs, through campaigning and providing a support system.

Voluntourists Without Borders is a non-profit initiative which sends volunteers to rural Thai villages, where they participate in sustainable agricultural and agroforestry programmes attempting to save existing forest cover, augment degraded forest areas and retain biodiversity. Local communities must agree on projects plans, and must have potential for replication by other communities.

Volunthai: Volunteers for Thailandis a grass-roots organisation with projects in the most remoteprovince of Thailand, Volunthai places volunteers in teaching positions in rural, underprivileged communities. Volunteers live with local families and teach for about three hours per day. Placements are in a close network of schools well-known to the organisation.

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