Meet the Hilltribes
Who are the hilltribes? They're groups of people living in the hills of Northern Thailand... but they aren't Thai. They are Lahu, Shan, Karen, and a number of ethnicities that do not have a country to call home.
Many of them are refugees who had to escape Burma or other places due to ethnic persecution. Living in Thailand can also be difficult, due to a lack of citizenship rights and protection. Every step of the way, however, they've been committed to making things better for future generations through sustainability and community management.
Visit coordination and translation // BUNSAK THONGDI
In November 2017, I had the opportunity to visit the communities of Huay Lu Luang and Jah Su Pah outside the city of Chiang Rai. The community members of Huay Lu Luang had been a part of Plant With Purpose's program for close to a decade. As I met with people from the village, they expressed how their lives had gradually gotten better as they learned to manage their forest as a community.
I was able to capture several stories of Plant With Purpose's impact.
NA KUH: CHANGE STARTS IN THE BACKYARD
Meet Na Kuh, a refugee, a farmer, and a grandmother. Years ago, she partnered with Plant With Purpose in order to pursue her big dream: for her community to work together within the village with no need to leave.
THE GIFT OF SUSTAINABILITY
A PDF guide featuring the story of Ah Jee, a community member of Huay Lu Luang whose entire demeanor radiated joy. He introduced us to his wife and their grandson and spoke about the hopes they had for the next generation and their village.
“Sustainability is important,” he told us. “You are together as a community and the togetherness should be carried on by the next generation.”