Hill Tribe Hope

Kiwis bringing hope to villages in Northern Thailand

It Started With A Coffee

When researching the idea of setting up a local cafe for charitable purposes in Hamilton, members of City Bible Church (CBC) discovered one particular coffee came with an amazing story from Thailand.

La Mai coffee was by now being imported by Bright Hope World and distributed around NZ to churches and individuals; providing both a better income for poor hill tribe villages in Northern Thailand and funding to a prostitution rehabilitation ministry called Rahab Ministries in Bangkok.  The people at CBC loved the idea of empowering the village to prevent child trafficking while also supporting Rahab, rescuing women from prostitution and restoring life.

So when Cafe Agora was opened in Hamilton's Frankton Village, La Mai coffee was the obvious bean of choice.

After an initial research trip to Thailand to see the work of ITDP and other Bright Hope World partners, it was clear that buying coffee was not enough, and so plans formed for the first CBC project trip.

Turning on the Tap in Huay Sai

CBC was joined by St Andrew's (a church in Waikpukurau, NZ) in February 2012 as twelve Kiwis installed a clean water and sanitation system in Huay Sai village, 3 hours north of Chiang Mai.

This was not the village originally chosen but ITDP changed location and prioritised this project. One week after the team returned to New Zealand, a wildfire swept through Huay Sai, burning 14 homes to the ground. CBC and St Andrew's were quick to respond to this crisis for their new friends and provided the funds needed for emergency relief and for the rebuild of the villages. The changed location was not by accident as God placed His people in the right place at the right time.

Long-term partnership begins with water, sanitation, and pre-schools constructed by teams from CBC, St Andrew's, Mt Albert Baptist, and BotanyLife Community Church.

June 2012 - Hill Tribe Hope's first visit and project with our partners in the village of Kraw lor Blur resulted in clean water and several household bathrooms.

February 2013 - A second visit provided Krae maw Kee, a neighbouring village to Kraw lor Blur, with  clean water and 7 household bathrooms.

February 2014 - A large Kiwi team divides between the 2 villages:

     ITDP had begun construction of a preschool at Krae maw Kee.  The preschool building was then completed by the team as walls were plastered, doors and windows installed, interior lined, and painted and a water supply installed for the school toilets.  

     Construction of a preschool building for Kraw lor Blur got underway and was completed by IDTP in early 2015.

June 2014 - A Kiwi research team visited the villages and sat in class at the newly opened Krae maw Kee preschool.  The school's first teacher, Apaporn, demonstrated that staff here do much more than teach. She also provides lunch-time meals and basic healthcare for the children and community support to their families.

February 2016 - Another large Kiwi team splits to complete projects across the two villages.

Following the completion of the preschool at Kraw lor Blur Preschool in late 2015, a Kiwi team returned to clear land, build fences and construct a school kitchen.  The team witnessed the first ever flag-raising ceremony in the village of Kraw lor Blur; a very special day for a couple of proud students thanks to a couple of Kiwi flag-pole-making craftsman. 

In Krae maw Kee, much needed concrete footpaths were prepared and poured around the school building, and an additional water tank dedicated to the school was also constructed.