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812 Lives Transformed: Rotary Grant's Impact in 6 Northern Thai Villages

In the picturesque landscapes of Northern Thailand, nestled in the hill-tribe mountain villages of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Mae Hong Son provinces, a transformative initiative is underway. The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC) and Fig Garden Rotary Club (Fresno) joined forces to secure a Rotary International Water and Sanitation Global Grant, which has already made a significant impact in the region. Awarded in spring 2022, the grant helps provide clean water and sanitation facilities to 21 hill-tribe villages over three years.

Local Partnership with a Purpose

The implementation of this ambitious project is made possible through a strong partnership with the Integrated Tribal Development Foundation, a locally experienced organization. This collaboration ensures that the design and installation of the water systems are tailored to the unique needs of the communities they serve. The Integrated Tribal Development Foundation's expertise is vital in navigating the challenges posed by the remote and rugged terrain of the hilltribe villages.

Milestone Achieved: Six Villages Transformed

As a testament to the effectiveness of this collaboration, the project has achieved a significant milestone within its first year. Clean water systems have been successfully installed in six hill-tribe mountain villages, comprising two Lahu and four Karen villages. The impact of this endeavor extends beyond the provision of clean water, as toilet and bathing facilities are now available for the first time in these remote communities.

Positive Impact on 812 Lives

The lives of 812 villagers in these previously underserved communities have been greatly improved. Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, and the installation of sanitation facilities contributes to overall health and well-being. Beyond the immediate health benefits, these improvements have a ripple effect on education, livelihoods, and community development.

A Three-Year Vision

With the successful completion of the initial phase, the project is on track to fulfill its overarching goal. Over the next 2.5 years, CMIRC - Fig Garden RC aims to extend the benefits of clean water and sanitation facilities to an additional 15 hilltribe villages. This commitment aligns with Rotary International's global mission to advance peace and promote the well-being of communities through projects that address critical needs.

The CMIRC - Fig Garden RC Rotary International Water and Sanitation Global Grant is a shining example of how collaboration between local and international partners can bring positive change in remote and marginalized communities. As the project continues, it promises to provide essential infrastructure, empower communities and pave the way for a brighter and healthier future for the hill-tribe villagers of Northern Thailand.


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