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Karen Hilltribes Trust

The Karen Hilltribes Trust (KHT) was founded in 2002 by Penelope Worsley to work with the Karen people to help them to develop their own social, educational and economic infrastructure.  The Karen people are the largest ethnic minority group  in Thailand and over 22% live below the poverty line.  KHT has benefited around 200,000 individuals in over 400 villages in the Mae Hong Son province, an area of north west Thailand close to the Burma border,  with projects that improve health through access to clean water and sanitation, improve opportunities for education with transport to schools and university sponsorship, and improve income generation through land regeneration and irrigation.

Organisation Representative

Endorsers that Karen Hilltribes Trust partner with

United States

Myriad USA

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

Myriad USA

Myriad USA provides donors with a simple and efficient platform to support nonprofit initiatives overseas, anywhere across the globe. Myriad USA brings together the expertise and networks of the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS) and Give2Asia, and builds on their shared history, their shared belief that local knowledge counts, and their shared objective of improving the lives of people around the world.

Myriad USA offers several services to U.S. donors and foreign nonprofit organizations, including: Donor advised funds, Legacy funds, Disaster response funds, Corporate Plus Advisory Services, Myriad ART for gifts of artworks, and American friends funds for foreign nonprofits seeking to raise funds in the United States. Myriad USA is also an experienced ‘philanthropy architect’ – we adopt a flexible approach and develop tailor-made solutions when needed.

Myriad USA is a U.S. public charity within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors are eligible for a U.S. income tax deduction for their contributions, to the extent permitted by U.S. tax law.

On-going/Past projects

Transforming Community Health for the Karen Hilltribes

By Karen Hilltribes Trust

Provides clean drinking water and improved sanitation for the marginalised Karen people in Thailand to reduce exposure to diseases.

Water and Sanitation and Hygiene

Food Security for the Karen Hilltribes

By Karen Hilltribes Trust

Creates a year-round water supply for Karen villages in Thailand through the construction of a new dam and irrigation system to better sustain farmers’ livelihoods.

Agriculture, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation