"This Land is Our Happiness"

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January 25, 2016

The chief and I have signed the contract! The village now owns the land and will continue to make payments! See More

THE STORY:

Help a refugee community buy its land back!

I was always told that money can't buy happiness. Recently, the chief and villagers of Huay Pu Keng, a refugee village on the Thailand Burma border, challenged this notion when the land they live on was put up for sale.

In the words of Khun Nuong, the village chief;

"The land, inclusive of our school, playground and sports field is privately owned by an older couple. The husband recently passed away from sickness and the wife is in need of money. She has put the land up for sale. This land is for our children. It is our only hope for the future. It is where they are educated, it is where they play and engage. This land is our happiness. This land is what keeps our children off of drugs. Because of this land we are able to escape our daily lives and play soccer. Once a year we hold a soccer tournament with the local Thai community. This is our only connection to the outside world. Now you see how this land is our happiness? Our only hope is to buy this land. Can you help us?"

Huay Pu Keng is a small refugee village, made up of 45 families.

Khun Nuong went on to explain that if the land is sold to a third party, it will be for farming. Pesticides are heavily used in Thailand in the form of an extremely harmful spray. Many of the villagers homes are a mere 1 yard from the land up for sale, and would no doubt be negatively impacted by exposure to the spray. Furthermore, the villagers at Huay Pu Keng proudly practice organic farming techniques.

The land is for sale for 200,000 Thai Baht ($6000.00). Any donations above and beyond the goal will go towards the expansion of the school, which currently only includes up to grade 4.

Ways of Change is an ethical fashion brand working with refugee artisans on the Thailand Burma border. 

$4,250

 

71% Raised of$6,000 Goal

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    $25

  • Amy

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $15

  • April

     

  • michelle & rob

    $100

  • Nancy

    $25

  • Kato

    $25

  • avo

    $30

  • jo

    $50

  • Ryan & Chrissy

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bekah

    $40

  • cathie

    $100

  • Lemon Tree Marketing

    $50

  • Randy & Tracy

    $100

  • Marian

    $25

  • Brian Earp

    $25

  • corinne

    $25

  • Christina Jordan

    $200

  • April

    $50

  • Sally Ann

    $50

  • Jane and Conor

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Jill Hutchinson

    $50

  • Steve Ingber

    $75

  • Ways of Change

    $167

  • April

    $50

  • Ways of Change

    $140

  • Ways of Change

    $61

  • An Evening of Ethical Fashion - Melbourne Fundraising Event

    $692

  • Barbara Baird

    $250

  • MuMu

    $50

  • Adriane Palka

    $10

  • Huay Pu Keng Village

    $1,084

  • brian earp corinne boccieri

    $106

  • Melissa McLeary

    $250

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Melissa McLeary

Melissa McLeary

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

brian earp corinne boccieri

brian earp corinne boccieri

DONATION: $106

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Huay Pu Keng Village

Huay Pu Keng Village

DONATION: $1,084

3 years ago

Adriane Palka

Adriane Palka

DONATION: $10

3 years ago

MuMu

MuMu

DONATION: $50

To my motherland. 3 years ago

Barbara Baird

Barbara Baird

DONATION: $250

You two continue to amaze me with your commitment to this cause, the people who's lives you are impacting and improving. 3 years ago

An Evening of Ethical Fashion - Melbourne Fundraising Event

An Evening of Ethical Fashion - Melbourne Fundraising Event

DONATION: $692

3 years ago

Ways of Change

Ways of Change

DONATION: $61

3 years ago

Ways of Change

Ways of Change

DONATION: $140

Additional amounts from each sale on our website go towards this fundraiser. 3 years ago

April

April

DONATION: $50

Shared on Facebook, I see you are getting towards your goal. xx 3 years ago

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