EVENT DATE: Jul 15, 2013
My sister and I will be traveling to Thailand on a humanitarian trip this summer. We look forward to helping a small Moken community, and partnership with the Mercy Center Home and Koh Lao Moken village in Thailand. As sea nomads, the Moken people were particularly devastated after the 2004 tsunami when they lost their boats—and thus, their way of life. Moken villagers do not own land, have citizenship, or rights to travel or work. They have lived for generations without fresh water, electricity, toilets, or schools for their children. We will be raising funds for the following projects:
The biggest need in the community is clean water. We plan on installing rain catchment and water filtration systems.
Another great need in the area is sanitation. Because the community is without a trash management system, the village has piles of trash, which contaminate the village’s food source, and cause illness. We hope to build a trash burning pit, as well as building structures using a mixture of recycled trash and cement.
There is also a possibility of building walls around an abandoned cement slab that will allow for a community school or center.
Because the Moken do not have prior knowledge of gardening or surviving on land, we will teach them about growing food. We hope to build raised garden beds, purchase seeds, as well as other gardening tools.
The Moken community could greatly benefit from a microenterprise livestock exchange program to improve the local economy. We hope to raise money for chickens and pigs that will be delivered to families.
To learn more about and preserve the history of this unique community, we will be conducting home visits and collecting oral histories.
We will also plan a number of cultural exchange activities, as well as develop lessons to teach the Moken community about sanitation, health care, waste management, and business.
Please help us help the Moken people of Thailand!