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Akha Hill, Akha hill tribe products is a community non profit business set up by Mrs. A-Noe Yu-Po, Sie to her friends.

Akha Hill’s directive is to help lift the Akha people of the Hua-Fai Community and Chiang Mai out of poverty.

Akha Hill's Mission in conjunction with the local Christian church is buying land around Chiang Mai, building houses for the poor with no interest rent to buy plans. Giving them land paper for there land.
At the moment they live on no mans land with no land paper.

To give them meaningful work with a good return for that work. Akha.hill and 1st Baan of Silver selling world wide for them.
To get them off the streets and the young out of the bars and "karaoke" red light places.
To have them living and working together as a family in a extended family village environment.

With such abject poverty you see many young girls walking the Bars selling flowers at 2am, by young I mean as soon as they are old enough to walk and say "only 10 Bart Mr". young Mothers of 15 or 16 with a baby on her back selling Hill Tribe Products late at night. Grandmothers with a young child walking the Night Bazaar selling to support her and the child because the Child's parents have died from Aides or some other disease or accident.
To get the children into schools.
Most Akha people have no education at all and can not read or write Thai or English.

The first resettlement will be out at Sansai next to the CM Akha Church.

With no land paper they have no why of ever getting out of the poverty that they live in. The Banks wont loan against there houses, The mortality rate from sickness, disease, depression, drug abuse, alcohol etc is horrendous. While building this site for Sie I have attended 4 funerals at the local Chiang Mai Presbyterian Akha Church of Akha people that I had met.
Sorry to have to update this but we are attending another funeral now. The "old" (52) lady died three days before Christmas
and will be buried the day after on boxing day

One old lady in her late 40s died of ? old age
A young man in his twenties died of a drug overdose after his wife ran off with a rich Farang (European)
One Mother of 3 died in the August floods.
The old ladies husband died three or for weeks after her, with no one to look after him he just gave up.
The lady that died 3 days before Christmas is a sister of the wife who died before her husband. That family has lost four in the last year.

While building this site I have been living with the Akha people. The lady that died in the August floods lived next to me for one month. After that I used to see her every night sitting on the footpath on the side of the road over the canal with her youngest boy begging. they found her 3 days after the flood further down the canal.

Anya

The young man holding the cross has a nice girlfriend but when his Old ex pat Farang boyfriend
phones he is gone, now that's sad. Incidentally the Farang "Man" friend paid for the
funeral hence the fine casket.

Most of the houses are built next to the canal on no mans land with no land paper.

By Kings Decree the poor can build over water and the authorities can not move them on.

 In the wet season the canal floods on a regular base, flooding many homes with filth from the open storm water drain, canal, call it what you will.

When it rains hard in the north the Thai water board irrigation Authorities open the gates of the large earth dam on the Mai Ping (river) fearing that the dam will burst and wash Chiang Mai away.

Saving Chiang Mai they only wash a few poor away and periodically flood Chiang Mai.

Answer: build a concrete dam.

Thailand is an immensely rich country with massive infrastructure changes and building going on so I suppose it is next on there list of no 1 priority jobs ha.

With 15,000,000+ tourists coming to Thailand each year, bringing in a massive amount of tourist dollars (the no 1 foreign exchange earners) easily surpassing the rice crop. Export of cars is also soaring to one of the highest in South East Asia. (Utilities and 4 wheel drive).

One would hope it is at the top of the list.

In the mean time we will with your help relocate as many families as possible to dry land at a new community at Sansai 3ks
from the City centre of Chiang Mai.

You can help the flood relief victims directly by making a
donation
to the Hua-Fai Community flood relief fund by using pay Pal a safe and secure was to donate on the web.

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Or indirectly by buying Akha Hill products.

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Floods early August 2006 Flood August 2006

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Cleaning up the mess
 

31st August 06 Once more the water rages around and threw their little homes.

Cleaning up the mess
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  Old Akha lady's selling at the Night Bazaar
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