Living with Lahu people
has been supporting Karen people and Thai People for thirty
years and it started activities to support Lahu people and
solve their problems in 2004. JLMM send missionaries to
DISAC to cooperate the activities.
Educational support in Pongpa village
village, a Lahu village, is to the north of Chiang Mai.
Food and educational materials were subsidized to the children
who could not go to school during the rain season. The project
was supported by Yokosuka Mikasa Church of Yokohama Diocese.
Children can hardly get education after primary school,
so we work to provide the access to higher education to
village is located in the forest, but there is no tree in
the village. In rainy season, the rainwater does not soak
through the ground and stays all over the place. As the
village becomes unsanitary we started the plantation. We
plant fruit trees like lemon and jackfruits because some
of the people cannot afford to buy fruits. When JLMM organized
the study tour from Japan in August 2006, we planted fruit
trees in each house together with the tour participants.
village people leave rubbish all over. They practice cleanup
activities to create the sanitary environment by themselves.
There are also chronic diseases and injuries in the village,
so we are planning health education.
Lahu in Thai society
people mainly speak Lahu language. We organize recreation
activities for youth to have more chance to interact with
each other in Thai since they live in Thailand. The activities
aim to strengthen their sense of community and develop their
creativity and sensibility.
Bridge between school and home
children in Pongpa village who wish to get higher education
can go to school in town. As the school is too far from
their home, they stay in dormitory. We play a role of the
bridge between the school and the village to monitor the
the dormitory there are not only Lahu children but also
many children of different tribes. It provides good opportunity
to learn different culture and Thai society.
the other hand it is important to inherit Lahu culture.
We are planning to support children to learn Lahu culture
staying in the school away from home.
youth activity called YPD (Young People for Development)
is now more common in in Asia. DISAC is also very actively
involved in YPD and JLMM supports it and participated YPD
Hanoi (Vietnam) in 2005. The participation in YPD Phnom
Penh is now being planned.