A Bleak Existence…

The high mountainous regions in Northern and Western Thailand are home to nearly a million people, members of the seven major hill tribes inhabiting the area. But although they live on the land, most are not granted Thai citizenship the only path to receiving social services, education and health care. In a country where a university education is generally required to enter the workforce, access to these services is vital to provide a path to stability. Without it, hill tribe peoples depend on subsistence farming using unsustainable methods to continue to survive, and frequently fall prey to those who would exploit them in prostitution or the drug trade. The seven major hill tribes living in Northern and Western Thailand are the Akah, Lahu, Karen, Hmong/Miao, Mien/Yao, Lisu and Palaung. Each tribe has its own language and culture. Some of the tribes have been able to adopt practices that allow them an easier route to integrating with the dominant Thai society. Others follow more closely to the traditions of their past. Hope for Tribes seeks to create common ground between participants, allowing them to grow skills and knowledge they can take back to their home communities to share. In this way, students can be bridges between their communities and Thai society, bringing them closer together.

WHO WE ARE…

Hope for Tribes is a ministry equipping university students with the “tools” needed to go and make disciples among their own tribe and to share that love with the world. Coming along side hill tribe students as they become Kingdom builders. We seek to partner with students giving them opportunity to advance by receiving a college degree.