WHAT WE DO 

Reaching the villages of northern Thailand

Since 1990, the Integrated Tribal Development Foundation has been reaching the poor hill tribe communities in northern Thailand. Our holistic approach focuses on improving communities in many aspects of life, including clean water, sanitation, agriculture, education, health, and cash crops. We believe this approach to be the most effective kind of development, because it allows us to work with communities beyond a single project. ITDF also partners with international and local work teams from many countries.

Water Sanitation

Education

Coffee Production

Agricultural Marketing

Women's Co-Operative

Water Sanitation

Education

Coffee Production

Agricultural Marketing

Women's Co-Operative

Water Resource and Sanitation (WRSDP)

The goal of the water resource and sanitation project is to improve the general health of the hill tribe people by assisting in the prevention of water and soil borne diseases. ITDF supports the construction of clean drinking water systems and bathrooms/latrines. The availability of water resources also provides communities an opportunity to increase agricultural yields, as well as set up fishponds where space is available. Gardens are also established for each family.

Water Resource and Sanitation (WRSDP)

The goal of the water resource and sanitation project is to improve the general health of the hill tribe people by assisting in the prevention of water and soil borne diseases. ITDF supports the construction of clean drinking water systems and bathrooms/latrines. The availability of water resources also provides communities an opportunity to increase agricultural yields, as well as set up fishponds where space is available. Gardens are also established for each family.

Construct village water supply system
$6,000
Construct latrines for the whole village (each family)
$4,000
Gardens for each family and/or fishponds
$1,000
Training: hygiene, sanitation, watershed management, and gardens
$1,000
Approximate total cost: $12,000

Education and Social Development (ESDP)

Many villages are in remote areas and most of the children do not have access to schools. ITDF assists in constructing schools, hiring teachers, and purchasing equipment and supplies. Education provides the children/students an opportunity to gain citizenship so they can further their potential and be better accepted into Thai society. All education work is done in coordination with the local government. This project also helps construct community health clinics, provides training in disease prevention and proper nutrition, and assists in the hiring, training and management for the clinic. To help fund the social and educational development of the villagers, ITDF has created a community sponsorship program.

Construct School w/Materials & Supplies (3 villages)
$50,000 (one time cost)
Construct Medical Clinic w/Materials & Supplies (3 villages)
$40,000
Child Sponsorships
$40/month or $480/year

Thai Tribal Arabica Coffee Production and Marketing Cooperative (TTACPMC)

ITDF created the first fair trade co-op in Thailand. The project provides proper training, tree-seedlings and equipment to resource-poor farmers in order to have standards that can reach international markets. The coffee is sold and roasted through our Chiang Mai-based outlet Lanna Café and its USA branch Lanna Coffee. In addition, our co-op sells green beans to local and international markets, such as Starbucks. To understand more about ITDF’s work with Thai Highland Arabica coffee, visit Lanna in Thailand >>or in the United States >>

Thai Tribal Arabica Coffee Production and Marketing Cooperative (TTACPMC)

ITDF created the first fair trade co-op in Thailand. The project provides proper training, tree-seedlings and equipment to resource-poor farmers in order to have standards that can reach international markets. The coffee is sold and roasted through our Chiang Mai-based outlet Lanna Café and its USA branch Lanna Coffee. In addition, our co-op sells green beans to local and international markets, such as Starbucks. To understand more about ITDF’s work with Thai Highland Arabica coffee, visit Lanna in Thailand >> or in the United States >>

Coffee seedlings
$1,000/Acre/Family
Coffee pulper
$1,200
Coffee pulper with building
$3,000
Coffee hulling machine
$4,000
Approximate total cost for a Coffee Station in one village – all equipment – not counting seedlings: $10,000

Agricultural Extension and Marketing (AEMDP)

Through agricultural and micro-enterprise, hill tribe families are provided funds and taught practical skills, enabling them to be self-reliant. The villagers have continued to apply what they have learned, greatly improving their own quality of life. ITDF has implemented projects that assist villagers in the areas of livestock, fisheries, cash crops, handicrafts and village store co-ops.

Establish micro-enterprise (approx. one village)
$18,000
Motorcycles to reach village
$2,000
Approximate total cost: $20,000

WOMEN’S COOPERATIVE: HANDS TO HEART

The Hands to Heart Hill Tribe Women’s Cooperative was created through Lanna Foundation to support the mission of the Hill Tribe Women’s Cooperative to inspire each other to be role models to their children, be creative entrepreneurs, and play an active role in the economics of their families who struggle with oppression and poverty. Through the support of the Hands to Heart Hill Tribe Women’s Cooperative and Lanna Foundation, you will be partnering with cooperative members to improve the livelihood of these women’s families. Donations from Hands to Heart go towards micro-loans to begin their entrepreneurship, training and development, and travel to other villages for inspiration and shared learning experiences.

WOMEN’S COOPERATIVE: HANDS TO HEART

The Hands to Heart Hill Tribe Women’s Cooperative was created through Lanna Foundation to support the mission of the Hill Tribe Women’s Cooperative to inspire each other to be role models to their children, be creative entrepreneurs, and play an active role in the economics of their families who struggle with oppression and poverty. Through the support of the Hands to Heart Hill Tribe Women’s Cooperative and Lanna Foundation, you will be partnering with cooperative members to improve the livelihood of these women’s families. Donations from Hands to Heart go towards micro-loans to begin their entrepreneurship, training and development, and travel to other villages for inspiration and shared learning experiences.

Treadel Sewing Machines
$200 each
Solar Lanterns for working at night and studying
$300 each

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Location

69/2 Moo 4, T. San Pesua,
Muang Chiang Mai, 50300