Australia-Thailand Intstitute

ATI Funded Grant Projects

Community Programs

Justice Empowerment Mission, Mao Yao Hill Tribes Craft and Textiles Development Program

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $16,597.82

This project focussed on training women from ethnic minorities within the Mae Yao subdistrict, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. The women were taught sewing, textile creation, design and western garment production. This project was conducted in partnership with the Mirror Foundation, a Thai based non-government organisation. The project has been an outstanding success with a vibrant and functional textiles work room operating from Monday to Friday that provides on-going, dignified employment and higher than award-level wages for six women from Thai ethnic minority groups.

Justice Empowerment Mission, Mao Yao Hill Tribes Craft and Textiles Development Program

Canberra Grammar School, Tha Ma Khaeng School IT Room Project

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $6,600

In July 2011 students from Canberra Grammar School travelled to a poor, rural, hill tribe school in Northern Thailand to assist in the construction of a two storey block that now houses an IT room on the top floor, and a general purpose meeting room on the ground floor. This fostered links between Australian and Thai school students, and saw the construction of some much needed additional infrastructure to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding Tha Ma Khaeng School.

View a blog describing the students' experiences

Canberra Grammar School, Tha Ma Khaeng School IT Room Project

Free the Bears Fund Inc, Bears for Thought – Developing Environmental Knowledge and Youth Wildlife Advocacy in Rural Thailand

ATI SUPPORT PROVIDED: $21,236.60

This is a 12 month rural youth education project to be implemented by the Mobile Education Unit of Thailand-based non-profit FREELAND Foundation, with support from Australia's Free the Bears Fund. In the provinces surrounding the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai forest complex in Central Thailand, a series of mobile education program visits will be made to schools in villages known to be involved in unsustainable and environmentally destructive wildlife poaching. Two youth camps will also be organised to expose children to the natural wonders of Kaho Yai and Thap Lan National Parks and give them an appreciation of the complexity and delicate ecological balance of these nature reserves. A workshop will also be organised to equip local teachers so they can integrate this education into their school curriculum. This project is due for completion in June 2012 with a full completion report to be submitted to the ATI by the end of July 2012.