One of the best ways to support a community, is to present the opportunity to earn an income. Rather than give handouts, donations or charity, The Mirror Foundation has set up projects which utilise the skills and talents of local hilltribe people, as well as training local youth and our scholarship students.
Our Ecotours project runs trekking and homestay programmes, visiting local hilltribe communities. The guides we employ are all local hilltribe members, who live in the villages we work with. This not only gives them regular work, and the communities an income from accommodation and food, it also benefits the local economy directly. Besides the investment into the local economy, guests can be assured that the information on culture and lifestyle is accurate. Each of our guides is TAT accredited, and fully licensed.
If you are interested in booking tour with us, please visit our dedicated website via the following link: Thailand Ecotour!
Our Outdoor Volunteer Programme employs members of the Akha, Lahu, and Karen tribes, all of whom have an intimate knowledge of the local environment and cultures. The construction and renovation projects we run, as well as agricultural work and maintenance jobs around the foundation, are all run by these staff.
If you wish to find out more about our volunteer programmes, please follow this link: Thailand Volunteer!
The eBannok Handicrafts project has been running for over a decade, employing local Akha women to make whistles in the design of local birds. The chance of employment gives the women an independent income, in a safe and local environment. The ladies mould the birds from clay, fire them in a kiln, and then paint and package them - as necklaces, earrings, and mobile phone accessories. All this is done by hand, and the resultant products are sold all over the world.
We also have a sewing workshop, making clothes, bags, and other accessories onsite at the foundation, as well as buying products from local women who work from home.
If you would like to view these products, then please visit our dedicated website via the following link: eBannok.com