International Ministries

Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) making a difference for hill tribe people in Thailand

March 2, 2010 Article

Becky Mann

$

70.6% of monthly support is committed more info

Featured

More from the Author

Join-the-network.sm Tweet
Organization Summary:

For the past 20 years the Integrated Tribal Development Program (ITDP) has assisted hill tribe people to cope with the many changes that have taken place in their livelihoods. The term hill tribe designates ethnic minorities most of whom live in very remote areas with many not having Thai citizenship.  They are not part of any one organization or network of organizations.  This makes it extremely difficult for hill tribe people to voice various issues that affect them as minorities living in Thailand.  As a result they lack proper access to government services for example, education, medical care, upper government leadership, land ownership, and loans.  Moreover, being tribal and living in an isolated culture, these people have not developed much of a national identity. ITDP’s rural development projects work with villagers through holistic approaches to empower villagers and community so they are better able to enter Thai society.  All assistance is coordinated with various Thai government agencies, NGO’s, and the private sector to ensure sustainability.   Assistance is provided through the following projects:

Water Resource and Sanitation Development Project (WRSDP)

 

Goals

Improve the general health of villagers by introducing proper diets, assisting in the prevention of water and soil borne diseases due to poor sanitation and hygiene.  To increase family’s income through awareness building, increase community participation, and obtaining better agricultural yields.  And, to develop environment sound practices with all initiated activities.

 

·      Construction of village drinking water and irrigation systems.

·      Training in hygiene and sanitation.

·      Construction of check dams

·      Construction of small-scale hydro-electricity facilities.

·      Training in environmental issues for example watershed management, village cleanliness, and trash disposal.

Agricultural Extension and Marketing Development Project (AEMDP)

 

Goals

Families have enough food for balance diets and are above the United Nations poverty line.

Higher living standards for resource-poor villagers.

 

Family gardens

·      Delivery and management of vegetable seeds, tree crops for subsistence farming and income generation.

·      Livestock and its management.

·      Fish farming

Thai Tribal Arabica Coffee Production and Marketing Project / Cooperative (TTACPMP) – Fair-trade certified.

 

Goals

Families living above the United Nations poverty line.

Higher living standards for resource-poor villagers.

Improve environment through soil conservation and growing coffee organically.

 

·      Forming village self-help groups.

·      Training in production, management and quality control.

·      Assist with the harvesting, processing, transportation, and marketing (domestically and internationally – including Starbucks Muan Jai)

Education and Social Development Project (ESDP)

 

Goals

 

Education:

Primary children enter and do well in government schools.

Children are able to communicate their language, culture, and traditions to other villagers and the next generation.

Parents have an increased involvement in their children’s education physically, emotionally and financially.

 

Capacity Building And Empowerment:

To improve the literacy rate among Adults.

Children and adults have the same human rights as other Thais, better accepted into Thai society, and receive better assistance from government agencies.

Villagers have access to resources (medical, food, clothing, information) that will assist them to have sustainable livelihoods.

Empower villagers to help themselves in their own development in a appropriate and sustainable way.

 

Community Health

To improve the physical health, learning capability and well being of hill tribes.

 

·      Bring awareness to government agencies on village / community needs.

·      Develop Memorandum of Understandings (MOU’s) with all government agencies that have a stake in the project to meet those needs.

·      Construct schools / clinics and manage them for 3-5 years before turning over to the Thai government as indicated in the MOU’s.

Child Focus Community Development Project (CFCDP) – Lahu Villages


 Goals

 

Education:

Primary Children enter and do well in project Day Care Centres (DCCs).

Children understand Thai and Lahu culture / traditions, in addition to communicating in both languages.

Parents have an increased involvement in their children’s education physically, emotionally and financially.

Strengthen existing pre-schools in project areas.

 

Community Health:

To improve the physical health, learning capability and well being of the children and adults.

·         Up to date more than 300 villages from 6 tribal groups representing over 50,000 people have benefited from ITDP interventions.