Producing Children’s Smiles


This Akha hill tribe child has found refuge, education, and opportunity through the Akha Training Centre in Mae Suai, Thailand. In 2005, the center housed 300 children from 27 Akha villages. It is located in northern Thailand’s “Golden Triangle,” where drug trafficking and civil unrest along the Laos-Myanmar border have caused many hill tribes to flee into Thailand. They speak their own languages, and almost half lack citizenship and are unable to own land, vote, or seek legal employment. The Akha Training Centre teaches Akha children English and Thai, which allows them to be educated at Thai schools, making them less vulnerable in Thai society. Rotarians from Australia, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States have volunteered and provided donations.