Emergency Food Support for 1.000 Families

Emergency Food Support for 1.000 Families

Project Details

Project:Emergency Food Support for 1.000 Families
Location:Fang, Mae Ai and Chai Prakan Districts,
Sponsorship Started:2021
Duration:July + Aug 2021
Budget: €15.097 ($17.768)
Total Beneficiaries:1000+
 migrant worker families


During Phase 3 of the Covid-19 pandemic the Thai government enforced regulations and measures including lockdowns and the establishment of check points to control the spread of the disease.
A survey by our partner FCHG, revealed the following problems common to many of the people affected:
– Their employers cannot sell their products, or products are sold at a very low price, resulting in unpaid or indefinitely deferred wages.
– Most families of 6-8 people only have 1-2 members that have any kind of employment.
– For many of them, there is only 4-5 days work per month.
– Local outbreaks of Covid-19 and subsequent establishment of checkpoints make it impossible to travel elsewhere to find work.
– They have no support from government agencies, and no other organisation to support them.


The Fortune Community Health Group (FCHG) is a grassroots organisation in Northern Thailand. Its mission is to address the health and human rights needs of the Shan migrants (many undocumented) who live and work in migrant camps on agricultural farms in Fang district.
FCHG strives to improve the quality of life and opportunities for these Shan migrant workers and to help the community help itself. One of FCHG’s greatest assets is that it is created, developed and staffed by members of the migrant community it serves.

During Phase 3 of the Covid-19 pandemic, migrant workers in three districts (Fang, Mae Ai, and Chai Prakan) were unable to provide enough food for their families. PCF and our implementing partner the Fortune Community Health Group (FCHG) have identified 32 areas in these districts that need the most help.

Goals and Results

Between 19 July 2021 to 2 August 2021 the FCHG team distributed food supply packages to migrant worker families in the targeted 32 areas in the 3 districts.

Although FCHG initially requested a budget to support 1.000 families, they actually distributed food packages to 1.020 families. Of the additional 20 families, 15 were either not at home during the survey or had moved into the area after the survey took place. As these additional families were in great need, FCHG divided the food equally amongst all the 1.015 families. These 15 families were in Ban Mueang Rae and Pang Khwai village.

FCHG were able to obtain a discount on the food purchases which was spent on purchasing 5 additional sets of food supplies for 5 people with disabilities.

The FCGH team would like to pass on the “gladness, delight and gratefulness” from the families to our sponsors for all their support.

The food supplies consisted of;
• 1.020 bags of rice (15 kg/bag)
• 4.028 bottles of cooking oil
• 1.020 cans of dried beans


  • British Community Foundation in Thailand for the Needy | 100.800 THB
  • Rob Rijnders & Carla Rijnders-Matti | 1.500 EUR (57.728 THB)
  • Anonymous | 8.206 USD (268.336 THB)
  • Anonymous | 120.000 THB
  • Zeeshan Ahmed | 10.000 THB
  • Kristin (Thida) and Nest Reypens | 24.000 THB

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Philanthropy Connections


Due to recent renewed conflict, many more families have sought refuge at the Loi Sam Sip IDP camp in Burma.

Here these young children are able to get an education thanks to the school in the camp that PCF supports. But as the number of children in the school has doubled, they required additional funds to accommodate them during these uncertain times.

Thanks to our sponsor, Rob Waardenburg - founder and CEO of
Rowaco Asia Travel and member of Rotary Club Chiang Mai Airport - the school has the needed funds to continue operations through 2022!

More Info: philanthropyconnections.org/project/loi-sam-sip-school/

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How wonderful --- providing safety in the present and offering a hopeful future.


Migrant workers and their families in the districts of Fang, Mae Ai, and Chai Prakan in Chiang Mai ​Province ​are currently facing a desperate situation. The latest round of restrictions and reduction in employment has resulted in unpaid or indefinitely deferred wages.

As they cannot provide enough food for their families, ​the emergency food relief initiative was launched to help them get through this situation with enough food to survive.

Thanks so much for the sponsorship of this initiative – Rob Rijnders and Carla Rijnders-Matti, ​the ​B​ritish Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (BCTFN), Zeeshan Ahmed, Kristin​, Earn​ and Ernest Reypens, and ​two anonymous ​sponsor​s​.

Their donation of 15.000 EUR (581.009 THB) has provided the desperately needed 1.000 basic food packages to supplement the diets ​of 5.500 people ​for ​one month.

There are still many other people in this situation and we're doing our best to respond to this kind of need.

#fchg #sponsoring #emergency
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On every corner now, it seems. Funds are desperately low, but we will rally for our displaced friends and find a bit of bhat to add to the outreach.

We will begin to rally immediately for our displaced friends.

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