Toys for Thailand provides support to 52 remote hill tribe village schools located near the Burmese border in Mae Hong Son. Working with school directors and teachers, we identify the most pressing needs and fund projects based on our current budget.
Our ultimate goal is to improve the living conditions and learning environments for the Tribal children housed at these schools. Working in partnership with teachers and the Maehongson Education Development Association, T4T volunteers directly purchase and distribute goods and services to the schools.
T4T has provided approximately $300,000 in resources to tribal schools in Northern Thailand. Resources include rice husking and soy milk machines, agricultural supplies, water systems, solar panels, vocational and instructional tools.
T4T Projects Funded 2007-18
Rice Huskers – a source of income for the school and a way to feed the children.
Stud Pigs – used for breeding and fertilizer, a source of income for schools.
Soymilk making machines – provides a protein rich drink for children.
Solar Panels – supply schools with electrical power.
Agricultural resources – seeds, gardening tools, stud pigs, chicken, fish and mushroom farms.
Language development- books with cartoons and pictures, language DVD’s, flashcards, posters and dictionaries.
Preschool resources – toys, sand box, art materials and teaching media for language skills.
Vocational tools– sewing machines, weaving looms, shoe repair and black smith tools, clay-cement brick making shop, gardening equipment and musical instruments.
Barber and haircutting stations – teach students a vocational skill and give them a source of income.
Computer workstations – an instructional resource to teachers who earn about $200 a month.
Basic Needs – blankets, bedding, mosquito netting, shoes, jackets, clothes, medical supplies and food.
Each year, on December 24th in downtown Mae Hong Son, Toys for Thailand co sponsors a festival that brings together hundreds of hill tribe children and their teachers from remote schools in Meung, Pai, Khun Yuam and Maelanoi districts. At the festival students showcase their cultural traditions and sell their handicraft and agricultural products.
T4T scholarship awards allow children to continue in school. Each 1000 baht ($31) scholarship award is used by students throughout the year to purchase necessities such as shoes, clothing, personal items and school supplies. Because the average annual income per family is around 10,000 baht or just over $300 US, most children have little or no money for even the most basic necessities.
Schools in T4T Network
- Huay Khan
- Hauysuathao (Old Tiger)
- Anuran Maehongson
- Ban Maisapae
- Ban Pongkan
- Ban Kaen Phah
- Ban Huay Tong
- Romklaopangtong (King)
- Special Education Center
- Ban Sobsoi
- Long Khiow (Green)
- Rak Thai
- Nam Plamuang
- Area District of Pai
- Ban Payang
- Pang Pag
- San Wan Wit
- Ban Wanaluang
- Pangmapha Center
- Ban Yapanae
- Huay Hia
- Zo Bae
- Ban Phamon
- Ban Maelana
- Ban Kudsamsib
Khun Yuam District
- Mae U-Ko
- Huay Maesurin
- Area Schools of KhunYuam (Dara Boss)
- Buddhapraset (Bhudda)
- Mae U-Ko Luang
- Maesape Tai
- Wahno (Wano)
- Tor PaeWittiya
- Tai Jong
- Mae Sa Riang
Project Handclasp and Childline Foundation
Over the years, Toys for Thailand has forged powerful partnerships to stretch resources and build a support network for the children and schools we serve. US Navy Project Handclasp and The Childline Foundation are two important partnerships that help us take goods from the US and put them in the hands of hill tribe children.