Toys for Thailand 2014 Board Meeting

Toys for Thailand board members and officers.

Left to right:
Paul Marshall, John Bilar and Jerome Roberts, Denise Plante, Sasha Bilar, Maria Miller and Lynda Halttunen. Eddy Taengkaew was not present.

Small World Festival 2013

Small World Maehongson Festival – December 24, 2013

Looking for a unique and special way to spend the holidays? We invite you to travel to the Northern tip of Thailand (Maehongson) and join our international group of volunteers at the Small World Festival. Small World is a celebration of Tribal culture where hundreds of school children (representing 12 different Hill Tribes) come together on the lake front in downtown Maehongson for an afternoon/evening of sharing their indigenous music, dance, handicrafts and food. It’s a spectacular event, free to the public.

Contact Maria Miller for more information on how to get involved at

Toys for Thailand partners with US Navy

Toys for Thailand is collecting new and gently used stuffed toys during February. The toys will be packed up and transported by ship to Thailand via the U.S. Navy’s Project Handclasp. On December 24, 2013 Toys for Thailand will host the 4th annual Small World Festival in Maehongson, the poorest province in Thailand. The donated toys will be distributed at the festival to the Tribal children that participate: Shan, Karen, Pao, Lawa, Lahu, Lisu, Hmong and Long Neck.

Tribal children with their toy at Small World Festival – December 2012.


Toys for Thailand, Inc. Open House

The new Toys for Thailand, Inc ( T4T) team is hosting an Open House. An exclusive event for our donors that will feature Thai tea and snacks, hill tribe handicrafts and jewelry, as well as, updates about our projects with the tribal schools. Date: November 4, 2012. Our T4T newsletter will provide time and location details.

If you didn’t receive the invitation, please contact Maria Miller.

Join us at the third annual Small World Festival

You are invited to join us at the third annual Small World Festival, a one of a kind event held on December 24, 2012 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand.The free festival brings together hundreds of hill tribe children (Aka, Lahu, Hmong, Mien, Lisu, Shan, Pa-O, and Karen, and their teachers from remote schools in Mae Hong Son (link to map) to showcase their cultural traditions to the world.Small World is an evening jubilee of colorful sweet children sharing their music, dance, specialty foods and crafts with the world. Don’t miss it!

For more information about the Small World Mae Hong Son festival contact, Maria Miller: or call (760) 529-3739.

Airline/Hotel Information

Nok Airlines
Fern Resort

Toys for Thailand in the News

San Diego Business Women’s Journal Om Magazine (link to pdf) -2010
Taste of Thailand Fundraiser

You Tubes

Toys for Thailand – 2011
Toys for Thailand – 2008

Small World Festival – December 24, 2012

Amount needed: $4,000

Hill Tribe culture and traditions are under threat of extinction.Help us promote a greater awareness of the rich cultural traditions of the hill tribe children by supporting the third annual Small World – Mae Hong Son Festival.This unique festival brings together hundreds of hill tribe children and their teachers from remote schools in Mae Hong Son (link to map) to share their gifts, showcase their talents and affirm their dreams to the world.

This free public event will be held on December 24th in downtown Mae Hong Son. The festival is promoted as a holiday tourist attraction, an evening of tribal dance, music, food and cultural exchange. Each school has a booth where the children can sell their arts and crafts and special ethnic foods.

The festival gives the hill tribe children a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their culture and talents with Thais, tourists and other members of hill tribes, as well as, meet fellow students from far-flung schools throughout Northern Thailand.
Your donations will help us provide:

  • transportation for the hill tribe children and their teachers to travel from their remote villages to Mae Hong Son.
  • food for the children and their teachers.
  • materials for the school to create craft items to sell at the festival.
  • holiday gifts for the children.
  • decorations and signage for the event.


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