Here in Chiang Mai the local population is much more dependent on tourist income and casual labour than most other Thai cities. The recent lockdown due to the pandemic has brought many people to the brink of desperation. It is estimated that 100.000 people are now unemployed with no financial safety net and none likely in the near future.
But Chiang Mai people are resilient and caring, and many individuals and businesses, already suffering from the downturn themselves, have spontaneously set up free food stalls to help those in dire need.
When we heard of the first such initiative, we immediately contacted Kenneth Rimdahl, the owner of Monsoon Tea, a social enterprise with a big heart for the local community. They produce ‘forest friendly tea’ and run a restaurant with a tea-themed menu.
Each day Monsoon Tea prepares 200 freshly cooked nutritious meals free to those in need at a cost of 30 THB (0,80 EUR) per meal. 130 meals are distributed at the restaurant and 70 meals are sent to the Srimongkol Community in Chiang Mai.
And since starting this campaign some of our existing projects, helping migrant workers, their families, and refugees, have contacted us with their emergency food needs. So we are now also providing emergency food packages for about 2100 people who are no longer able to work to feed their families or able to leave their camps for work.
Due to the urgent need for funds we have set up an emergency fundraising page for this project.
200 meals a day at 30 baht/ meal for a duration of 3 months
Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp (KRSRC)
Rice rice and cooking oil for 3 months. Click here to find out more about this Partner.
Goals and Results
To provide 200 free freshly cooked nutritious meals to the local population of Chiang Mai that have been severely affected by the economic downturn.
To provide emergency food support for 2100 refugees and migrant workers at 3 of our existing projects.