For many poor and disenfranchised people living in Thailand, leaving one's village to work in a risk-filled environment is not so much a calculated risk as financial necessity. Unfortunately, due to the poor communication infrastructure of rural Thailand, once the initial separation from the village is made, it is all to easy to completely lose contact.
Backtohome.org is a data center for information about missing persons in Thailand and the first step in creating a network of concerned organizations and individuals sharing information about missing persons.
There are success stories. The girl in this picture was taken by Social Welfare Services from her Akha village high in the mountains to study in Chiang Rai city. Her village did not hear from her for six years. By working with Social Welfare Services, we were able to track her down and reconnect her with her village.
Backtohome.org project is funded by the Asia Foundation.