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    Orphanage Chiang Rai

    Carol Sasaki, Founder of IHF, has been helping to protect children from sex and slavery since 1985 through SAVE. In 2000, IHF was established to become a preventive arm of SAVE. After more than 25 years of direct experience in human trafficking and the abused poor around the world, Carol firmly believes in IHF's mission "to educate the poor, and to educate the world about the poor".

    Specifically, we would like to focus on the activities of one orphanage - why and how we care for the vulnerable children in IHF Chiang Rai Orphanage, Thailand. The objective here is to provide our children, both Christians and Buddhists, from the hill tribes of Lahu and Akha with skills, attitudes, confidence and character, all needed for them to integrate and to earn a measure of success in the modern Thai society.

    WHY? Chiang Rai Orphanage's children come from Akha and Lahu tribes, whose origins are from Yunnan and Tibet. The Akha came to Thailand in the early 20th century, mainly due to their persecution in Burma. Akha is also the most down-trodden and often most impoverished of the hill tribes. Lahu tribes are found mostly around the Burmese border. The following gives a brief story of the struggles of these people and children, their heart wrenching experience, and why Carol Sasaki, and many like-minded volunteers feel compel to act and to inform/educate the world


    While many countries have resolved their long-standing border disputes and countries around the world have applauded these efforts that create peace, many small ethnic populations and nomadic tribes, without any understanding of land ownership and without a unified voice, became state-less. This is a complicated history that has affected tribes worldwide, including the Hill Tribes of Thailand. For some of these populations, having no identity means not being allowed to leave their villages, having bank accounts or even a driver's license. In short, making survival precarious.

    During the Vietnam War, the Hill Tribes were able to survive a drought period by meeting the soldiers' desires for drugs/women. It was during this period, when our work with the Hill Tribes in rescuing/setting up SAVE homes for sex slaves began.

    Without any legal protection, the war on drugs initiated by the government in 2003, left more than 3,000 people dead, leaving many babies and young children behind. Many of them were Akhas. Under such conditions, and unable to overcome the effects of rapid economic development in the region, many Akhas hope to find jobs in town. However, without citizenship, many end up as illegal workers, often badly exploited by their employers. Often they worked for 12 hours a day for as little as 100 baht (US$1.00), well below the minimum wage. Some hope to educate their younger generation in the towns but do not have the means to do so. Some families, due to abject poverty, have no alternative but enter into transactions to place their children in a job that often ends up being "debt bondage". Sometimes with disastrous results, as in human trafficking and worse ...

    How? IHF provides a safe home which is situated on the outskirts of Chiang Rai town. We enjoy the quietness of being at the end of the road, while still being close to town. The home backs up to a forest where the children like to play. Our friendly neighbors, who own a candy store, is where our children often visit. We have both a boy and a girl dorm, joined by a common area, where we eat our meals, and where the children do their homework.

    IHF offers dual education programs: For local children/orphans, classes range from kindergarten to 12th grade. The children are encouraged to practice language skills in Thai and in English, and they help each other in learning. Mathematics, computer, sports and social skills are also being taught. For overseas volunteers or students, they have the option to participate as "interns"; to learn and to experience first-hand cultures other than their own. They will educate and share such positive experiences with their respective communities upon returning home

    Our staff is mostly volunteers, who are much needed and always welcome! We have numerous volunteers, who are self-funded, staying for periods of 1-3 months each stay. The volunteers drive the children to school, help with home work, do some administrative work and make sure the operation runs smoothly. Interacting through playing with the children, practicing English with them and to bring joy into their lives are very important aspects of this work. Every center is a family. As a mother, Carol is protective about this concept. It's not a mere institution, but rather operates like a family unit. Our staff included two women from the Hill Tribe that have been with our family for many years. Recently, we have invited volunteers from around the world. And in late 2008, for the first time in over 20 years, the founder has allowed westerners to become part of our volunteer staff. Local staff & volunteers create traditional weaving products that can be brought through IHF.

    We fervently hope that our passion has struck a chord with your compassion and you will act in support of our programs. We are at a juncture where public awareness and support are urgently needed

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    When has the 1US$ ever equaled 100b ?

    Nice job though.

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    So let me get this right.... Protecting children.

    Do I take it that all the 'Volunteers' are subjected to the self same thorough background and police record checks that people working with orphans are subhjected to in the west?

    And can you explain how volunteers get on the program - Are you charging volunteers to take part (put another way - are you charging people for access to these vulnerable children).

    What about work permits?

    This strikes me as yet another example of the growing number of 'Voluntour' businesses being set up in Thailand selling access to the most vulnerable people in society.

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    charity volunteer

    As to the skeptical here, volunteers do just that, volunteer, nobody pays, we are not the run of the mill charity, we are a foundation where all money goes direct to the children's education, we are one of the few who does this and many more are following long gone is the day where charities take 90% of donated money, and pass on little, some still do.

    So please check the facts before comments are made, the only people who suffer are the children from bad minded people,

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    please check any legal website, there is plenty of information about legitimate WP's for volunteers there

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihf charity
    please check any legal website
    please quote one

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    work permits

    try Thai visa, or look on immigration website!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihf charity
    So please check the facts before comments are made, the only people who suffer are the children from bad minded people,
    You may want to answer the questions asked rather than respond to non-existent statements or 'comments.'

    Any responsible adult with a desire to help would be wise to ask these very questions. If your group is genuine I would think you should be more than happy to respond to the questions, rather then reply in some flippant manner. You've taken the time to plaste some sort of mission statement on a public forum; in hopes of generating interest in your cause? Then you basically tell interested parties they can go pound sand.

    Quote Originally Posted by ihf charity
    please check any legal website, there is plenty of information about legitimate WP's for volunteers there
    If you are genuine charity, with genuine volunteers you should have ready access to this information and provide a more germane answer to this question. At least a few links to pertinent information, perhaps what people can do to help?

    Coming on here and pasting up a few hundred words about your organization wth out contact information, or responding to questions accomplishes what, exactly? The "I'm a do-gooder, therfore above your questions" attitude ain't gonna cut it.

    Since you started this thread why don't you take the time to address some very real concerns with quality and accurate information, perhaps even contact info.

    You are not helpng your cause by alienating folks or ignoring the fact that many of these NGOs are just a hustle, tell us how you are not.
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    Well said FF.

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    I and the missus are distrustful of these orphanages managed by unknown foreigner so called organisation.

    There is one thai orphanage not so far from home and we have decided to occasionally give them a concrete help. What we do is ordering meals for all the children and bring it to them. Some good food, fruits and a few delicacies to give them a change from their usual diet.

    It's not much but if you can see the smiles on the children's faces. It's worth a couple of thousands bahts.

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    Please note that you do not need to select a task team if you are opting to pay the US$ 800 volunteering fee.
    The cost of room and board to our full-time volunteers is US$ 50 per week (this money will cover your costs such as food, water, electricity, internet, housing). As a full-time volunteer abroad you will be expected to dedicate half your time to local tasks (teaching and child-care) and half your time to international tasks (admin and finance). We charge this $ 50 a week so we do not take away from the tight budget donated only for the children.

    If you would prefer to only be a guest at our center abroad, and not a volunteer, then your room and board will be US$25.00 a day or US$ 750 a month (this money will go to general donations and cover the cost of medical needs of the children, famine feed program, and any admin costs). This option is only available in centers with orphanages, Jakarta, Aceh, Nakuru and Chiang Rai.
    and a past employer you feel comfortable with our contacting by sending them the reference email attached.
    Please list TWO references. One who have known you for at least two years and the other reference a professional such as former employer or teacher as your referance. (Relatives cannot be used as references).
    No criminal record check?
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    Thanks FF, but at the moment I am not allowed to post links to our site. where all information can be obtained.
    FF i understand peoples concerns about charities I was one of them for many years.
    I was looking for something meaningful to do in Thailand, and disagreed with policy's of paying to help. as wallawai says" can just go and give yourself if you want" most of our volunteers work online, donating from 2 or more hrs a week.
    our foundation has taken many years to grow, with now having orphanages in Thailand, Indonesia and Africa. The founder Carol has worked for the White house and United Nations. received many awards. and all the orphanages paid for herself.
    we are not a central foundation, people chose what children or centres to sponsor. then the money goes direct to pay for there education.
    you can search on the internet or youtube, there are many videos there of the children and our work done. just search for IHf international humanity foundation.
    I am more than willing to answer anyones questions, anytime, I am not asking for money or donations, just your time to read about us, and maybe shead some light on how charity work should be done.
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    Many people have good hearts and good intentions to help the poor or unfortunate, especially kids.

    Very few actually do something about it and even fewer actually decide to do it themselves and run something like this.

    So for the good intentions and if your organization is legit, then good on you.

    But as stated above, plenty of sickos about and you do need to prove that you are not one of these sickos and that you do protect the kids. Allowing any willy nilly volunteers in is kinda dangerous when kids involved.

    I wonder if Mr Swirly ever sent you an application ??
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    maybe not. but its a sad world, when we have to screen for pedophiles, spammers, and other charities who want to steal our sponsors and email list. if there is any doubt about anyone we kindly refuse. we always check all references and backgrounds as much as possible.
    I feel sorry and angry for some of the agency's who just take peoples money and let anyone go to stay in the orphanages. the child's safety should come first not the money.

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    Welcome to the International Humanity Foundation!

    Half of IHF's mission is to educate the poor and the other half is to educate the world about the poor. Our vision is to strive for a world of leaders and citizens who have interacted with, and are truly knowledgeable about the world's poor. We believe in a "pass it on" philosophy where education is free and available for all who seek it. Those of us who have received a free education pass it on by helping others less fortunate by teaching, interacting and learning. With just a few hours a week, our volunteers, children and sponsors are changing the world we live in.

    IHF is a non-religious, non-political, non-profit organization that strongly believes in an equal opportunity for all and in preserving the cultures, traditions and beliefs of the marginalized communities it works in.

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    Neither the OP nor the IHF website answer the question I asked above: I'll repeat it just incase the OP missed it,.

    Do I take it that all the 'Volunteers' are subjected to the self same thorough background and police record checks that people working with orphans are subhjected to in the west?

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    This a very good question. May I add another?

    What percentage of your revenue stream actually goes directly into kids welfare. What percentage goes on "Admin"?

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    shhh..

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    In the UK a registered charity must (should) make these figures public.

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    I worked at an international school in thailand for a number of years, part of the IB programme that the students attend requires them to participate in a certain amount of community and service. (and time, it is supposed to be more than just throwing money at a charity and forgetting about it).

    One time I was in contact with an orphanage in pattaya, they refused our students entry to their orphanage, they were quite happy to have us send money, but no visits.

    Kinda made us wonder what they were hiding....

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    A few years back an investigation found that the percentage of donations received was split 85% admin. 15% productive work for a number of well known charities. Don't ask for links as it was back in the 80s and I know it was true.

    The amount of money wasted in, for example Sudan in the 80s by high profile charities was nothing short of criminal.

    I'm very cynical of charities that aren't 100% transparent with their books.

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    One time I was in contact with an orphanage in pattaya, they refused our students entry to their orphanage, they were quite happy to have us send money, but no visits.

    Kinda made us wonder what they were hiding....
    Why should they be hiding anything - They are almost certainly behaving responsibility in providing controlled access to the vulnerable children in their care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchy
    Why should they be hiding anything - They are almost certainly behaving responsibility in providing controlled access to the vulnerable children in their care.
    you havnt heard of volunteers visiting orphanages to provide some love and care to the children? happens in plenty of others.

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    ^ That is precisely my point. Denying access is a means of protecting the children against abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchy
    Denying access is a means of protecting the children against abuse.
    or hiding something.

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