How generous donations have helped to make a difference.
The Akha Project
Activities included helping villagers in the Golden Triangle Region of Burma to develop sustainable income sources through the raising of cattle, building organic fisheries and farms, and ongoing support for an orphanage and its educational programs. The orphanage is now self-sufficient and sustainable by raising funds through organic fish farms and farm.
The Mlabri (Yellow Leaf) Project
“Mla bri” means forest people. These elusive, nomadic hunter-gatherer people are known for building temporary shelters out of bamboo with banana-leaf roofing. They leave these shelters about every seven to ten days, when the green leaves turn yellow, hence giving the Mlabri the popular name The Yellow Leaf.
In the last 25 years, due to the destruction of the forest and with wild animals disappearing, the Mlabri are now forced to live in a village in the mountains near Nan in Northern Thailand. They were barely sustaining survival in a de-forested territory that provided very little in the way of food. The Mlabri learned successfully to raise livestock and farmland that was purchased with the help of Windhorse. This created an upward trend for the Mlabri toward increased self-sustainability and a new way of life.
Textbooks for Laos
Another exciting success was a large shipment of textbooks that Windhorse Foundation sent to Laos. In partnership with Pearson Publishing and Brother’s Brother Foundation, we sent approximately 15,000 donated textbook by 20-foot sea container to Lao American College for distribution at the college and American High School as well as other primary, secondary schools and libraries throughout the Provinces of Laos. These textbook are valued at over $400,000 and is a tremendous contribution to a country where books are in sparse supply.
Individuals in Need
Windhorse Foundation also provides help for individuals in need. A young girl named Moua in the Hmong village along the Mekong River in Northern Laos suffered from polio when she was younger that left her paralyzed. Since then she has had to drag herself through the dirt and mud to get around the village. While visiting the village on a recent trip, we discussed how to help this young girl. Upon our return to the U.S. we purchased an all-terrain wheelchair and had it shipped to Laos and onto Moua. She now can attend school up a hill and not have to spend her life on the ground.