Borderless Friendship WA Inc (BFWA) collaborates with Borderless Friendship Foundation (BFF) in Thailand, to enhance the lives of hill tribe children. We support more than 450 ‘at risk’ children (1/3 of these children are orphans).
The hill tribe people live in remote areas of Northern Thailand with little or no access to education. This lack of education makes hill tribe children vulnerable to poverty and exploitation within Thailand’s ubiquitous sex and drug trades. Girls are particularly vulnerable. Those who get an education, grow up able to take much better care of themselves and their families.
We work hard at fundraising in Australia, for example, by selling handicrafts (made by hill tribe people) at markets.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
We have volunteers who travel to Thailand and work with our hill tribe friends and see firsthand how the funds are being used. Funds are transferred to our coordinator in Thailand, who oversees all activities. Every cent is valuable and is carefully put to the best use. Over 97% of ALL fundraising goes directly to the hill tribe people for projects such as providing food, safe accommodation, training opportunities and access to school for hundreds of these children. These funds have also helped children gain training in sustainable agriculture, purchased livestock for the hostels, dug fish ponds for aquaculture, built safe accommodation closer to schools, placed resources in schools and built water tanks to irrigate crops.
KEY AREAS OF EXPENDITURE
Training the children and their carers about sustainable agriculture