The Karen Hilltribes Trust

The Karen Hilltribes Trust

Charity information

The Karen Hilltribes Trust

The Karen Hilltribes Trust is an international charity working in northern Thailand to help the Karen people to build a better future for themselves, through improved health, education and agriculture

Founded 1999

  • Mission statement

    The Karen Hilltribes Trust has three key aims:

    • Improve health by installing clean water systems and latrines.
    • Improve education by providing school buses, dormitories and teaching.
    • Improving opportunities for generating income by building irrigation systems and regenerating land.

    Through these aims the Trust supports the Karen in projects that lead to self-help whilst still retaining their identity and culture.

    The Karen are the largest ethnic minority in Thailand and have lived for centuries as subsistence farmers in small mountain communities. The difficult terrain has restricted development and kept the region largely inaccessible, making it the poorest part of Thailand. Farmers such as the Karen are the lowest income group, with 22% living below the poverty line. The Karen are facing problems such as the exhaustion of land fertility and increased pollution of water resources. 40% of the population lack access to clean drinking water, causing high levels of disease. Secondary schools are limited to the larger towns and many Karen children live too far away to continue in education. As a result only 25% finish school.

    We have Installed more than 120 water systems providing clean water to around 50,000 Karen people, maintained a free daily bus service transporting 400 children to school every year, and regenerated over 500 acres of flooded farmland

    The Trust's long term vision is to see the Karen people empowered to help themselves in a sustainable way.

  • Aims

    The Karen Hilltribes Trust aims to:

    • Improve health by installing clean water systems and latrines.
    • Improve education by providing school buses, dormitories and teaching.
    • Improving opportunities for generating income by building irrigation systems and regenerating land.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1999

    Registered Charity Number: 1093548

    Board members: 11

    Full time staff: 7

    Part time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 20

    Phone number: 01904 612829

    Address: 88a Main Street Fulford York YO10 4PS

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  • Building a Better Future

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