There is currently a lot of strain on the Hilltribe Children Scholarship Fund project, with many of our scholarship students facing an uncertain future. There are simply not enough funds to continue supporting the students’ educational expenses. Many hilltribe girls fall into the sex trafficking industry to earn money to support their families, and many hilltribe boys get drawn into exploitative child labour work as well. Around 6,000 baht (about $200) could send a girl to school for a year, and change her future.
The scholarship programme aims to create opportunities for women in less fortunate environments, which in turn helps the community as a whole. At vocational school, a girl can learn about accounting, cooking, sewing and the tourism industry. Education empowers women, enabling them to pursue a more constructive career and lifestyle. Without this opportunity to study it is likely that these students will have no motivation for the future, and are at increased risk of resorting to drugs or alcohol (a problem within many hilltribe communities). Children without an education, or who had to leave before school was completed, are likely to be working long hours in manual labour jobs, for as little as 50 Baht per day (approximately $1.50). The project relies on your support to create life changing opportunities, that are otherwise unattainable to these girls and boys.