Lahu Students’ Scholarship Program (LSSP)

TLDF has started its “Lahu Students Scholarship Program (LSSP)” in 2013 School Year with scholarship grants provided by Sievert Larsson Scholarship Foundation (SLSF). Since 2013 - 2018 all total who received scholarship is 1,585 grants.

In 2018 school year, SLSF has supported 243 students who are studying in four different education levels (primary, middle/high, vocational college and university), by dividing 2 semesters, one semester at a time.  TLDF Board of Trustees developed and circulated application form at the beginning of each new school year. The program has developed a precise set of questionnaires and criteria for screening and scoring of individual applicants.  After completion of thorough screening and scoring of all individual applications, a shortlist of scoring results is developed and finalized by TLDF staff persons before submitting it to the Board meeting for final selection for granting.

TLDF has classified 3 different target groups of scholarship recipients - Group 1. Buddhist and/or other religion believers.  Group 2. Christian Lahu affiliated to various Christian denominations, Group 3. Christian Lahu affiliated to Thailand Lahu Baptist Convention (TLBC).  Based on total applications being received from each of the recipient groups, a quota for each group of Lahu students for 2018 School Year was set in percentage and selected as showing in the following table.

The following is a summary report of LSSP in 2018 school year, by each of 4 education levels.

Primary Level (P6): LSSP has granted 4 primary scholarship students who are studying in 2 local government and 2 private schools, mostly in the remote areas of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Lampang Provinces of Northern Thailand in 2018 school year. 

Middle/High School Level (M1-M6):  The program has granted 71 scholarship grants in 2018 school year. This group of students are studying in 51 government and 20 private schools in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son Provinces in 2018 school year. 

Vocational College Level:  There are 79 students studying in 9 government and 11 private own vocational colleges in 2018 school year. Most of students are taking major in mechanics, electricity, electronics, agriculture, Philosophy of religion and accounting, aiming to enter into professional careers after graduation of 5 year training (paw-vor-sor) in vocational education. 

University Students Level:  LSSP has granted 89 scholarship grants who are studying in 13 government and 4 private universities.  Most of students in this group are taking major in accounting, Sociology, Animal science, Philosophy of religion, Tourism, Engineering, public health, theology, business administration, English, Chinese and teaching, aiming to enter into professional careers after graduation of 4 year study in university education. 


Table 1: Total applications been received and a list of granted fund to each of studying levels. (2018)





Level of Study



Buddhist or other Religions

Other Christian



































































Note:  In 2018 School Year ,

 - 75 Students studied in Government School/College/University.

 - 37 Students studied in Privated School/College/University.

 - 47 Students studied in Rajabhat Universities of Chiang Mai , Chiang Rai and Buriram (Northeast)

-  Male 81 and Female 162, from 170 villages in 8 Provinces of Thailand. (Chiang mai, Chiang rai, 

   Tak, Lampang, Phayao, Mae Hong Son, Yala (southern border) and Buriram (Northeast) Provinces.

The Story of Change of a Teacher in Mae Hong Son 

Government School Teacher in Mae Hong Son
Teacher Yongyut Rungrodchoklap
(Alumni of Sievert Larsson Scholarship Program)

I was born on January 01, 1990 from a Lahu family in a small Lahu village named Pha Monn village in Mae Hong Son’s Pang Mapha mountainous district. I am a Lahu student who has graduated from Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (with BA degree) in 2015 and was a scholarship student of the “Sievert Larsson Scholarship Founadtion (SLSF)” through the Thailand Lahu Development Foundation (TLDF) in 2013 – 2015 School Years.

I was grateful to be one of my fellow Lahu students who have had received SLSF Grants which is non-conditional grants for disadvantage tribal students like me, to be able to achieve in our highest goal of graduations. Without the scholarship grant, I could not be able to finish my university study as my parents were poor highland farmers who could not be able to support me to study in the university level.

After my graduation at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University in March 2015, I was recruited by the Mae Hong Son Provincial Education Department as a government school teacher at Maw Bhang School located in Maw Bhang village, Pai District of Mae Hong Son Province commencing on October 25, 2016. The village Government School where I am teaching is a Lahu, Lisu and Tai village and I was enjoyed teaching those Lahu , Lisu and Tai students by hoping that some of those students might become a teacher like me or other careers that our country is needed.

With my personal story of change, I would like to encourage my younger fellow Lahu students to become a good citizen with successful carriers of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand. 


Safe Migration Project - SMP

 TLDF has started its “Safe Migration (SMP)” in 2018 is a legal rights related project and was supported by Diakonia Thailand Foundation aiming to support legal knowledge regarding migration for people on the move in Myanmar.

The following report is a summary of SMP project activities and its outcomes in 2018.

  1. The project had organized Information and experience sharing seminar regarding to cross-border migrant workers where total 58 community representatives (9 female and 49 male) from 50 communities have had enthusiastically participated. The participants have an increased knowledge in regards to various forms of risks from labour migration.

  2. One (1) migrant support network was established in which 25 community members (11 female and 14 male) are joining as volunteers. These volunteers are trained and have sufficient knowledge to give necessary advises and assistance to those interested work forces in their own and surrounding communities. 
  1. Total of 150 trained participants (youth and women: 51 female and 88 male) have an increased knowledge and an understanding on rights violations and exploitation from employers 
  1. One handbook on worker’s rights was produced in ethnic language for self-study to protect oneself from risks and rights violations. 
  1. Community learning centers are available in 8 areas to provide knowledge and advices on labour toward community members. 
  1. Migrant support network divided into 8 small teams to conduct mobile legal clinics in 63 communities as a proactive approach. The mobile legal clinics focused on prevention from rights violations and various forms of labour exploitation.


Story of Change : “Passing on knowledge to Neighbours in the Community”

My name is Na G’eu. I am a member of Venbo Kaw community in Kyaing Tong City, Eastern Shan State of Myanmar.  I am Lahu a traditional handicraft producer.

A number of our community members are crossed Myanmar-China border and working in China.  Some are crossed Myanmar Thai border and working inside Thailand.  Most of them are illegal migrant workers who were moved by themselves while some of them were following to middleman who have assisted them to illegally work there. 

Therefore, those illegal migrant workers face may problems such as unfairly paid wages, do not receive medical and health care service from the hospital because they do not have medical insurance under social health care policy.  Moreover, they have being afraid of police arrest due to lack of work permit or official certificates for working in Thailand.

The job that most of those cross-border illegal migrant workers are caretakers of local Thai farmers’ orchards or gardens as insecticide and herbicide sprayers which is risky to health issues.  For the women workers mostly ended up in Karaoke or restaurants where are risky areas to human trafficking and various forms of abuses and exploitations.

When TLDF project staff from Chiang Mai, Thailand had started their project activities to educate community members about cross-border migrant workers, I would like to join the project and passing the knowledge to my fellow members in our community and surrounding areas.  I have confidence to share the knowledge to others because I have some experience as I used to work as radio announcer of Myanmar Government’s Tribal Radio Broadcasting Station based in Pyin Oo Lwin (or May Myo) Resort City in Mandalay Division in Central Myanmar.

In June 2018, I was allow to join in TLDF Cross-border Migrant Support Networking Group as one of 25 volunteers in our community. After I have joined in TLDF project, I was selected to participate in training workshop on “Cross-border Migrant Worker” where I got knowledge on valuable knowledge on Thai government’s labour laws and regulations on cross-border migrant workers as well as self- protection mechanism concerning to human trafficking and various forms of human rights abuses and exploitation. 

After coming home in Myanmar from those two training workshops, I have developed and released a serials of educational program through Youtube and Facebook channels in Lahu language which is now become an interested source of educational program to many Lahu villagers, especially to young people who are in the age of work forces.

My previous training and work experience as radio announcer has helped to my current educational program through social media in joining hands with my fellow networking volunteers and TLDF project staff in Myanmar.

 I am so happy for being able to participate in this project’s networking voluntary, because I was able to learn new things and could be able to travel to other places where I never been before.  More importantly, I was able to learn about Thai government’s law and regulation related to cross-border migrant workers in addition to self-protection mechanism from various forms of human trafficking and exploitation while working abroad. 

I am now realized that my participation in this project should be of benefiting to my fellow Lahu young people who are willing to find jobs in our neighboring countries like Thailand and China, not to be violate the laws and regulations of those countries.  I will try my best to pass on the knowledge regarding to cross-border migrant workers to be seriously consider about to prepare legalized documentations before they are leaving their own communities.  Sharing the knowledge and precautions regarding to the legalized cross-border migrant works through various forms of social medias (such as face book and line) is my duty which to be passing on to the relevant community members that I am loving it.

 I felt happy when I heard many times that some community members were saying that, “I am now not afraid to become a victim of various forms of human rights abuses because I was trained and equipped with knowledge and self-protection theniques by TLDF project staff and voluntary networking teams related to cross-border migrant works in other countries”. Therefore, those quotes are always encouraging me to recommit myself to serve others through this project which was initiated by the Thailand Lahu Development Foundation” based in Chiang Mai.



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 Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP)


Is a legal rights related project and was supported by Diakonia Thailand Foundation aiming to empower and awareness building in Rights-based integrated holistic community development capacity development of Community Rights Networking in Northern Thailand.


The following report is a summary of ICDP project activities and its outcomes in 2016-2018.


1) Thai citizenship: The project had organized empowerment training in 55 target communities where 3,623 participants have participated.  According to the follow-up reviews and analysis survey, it was learned that knowledge on legal rights accessing with the relevant government agencies had increased 61% compared to the previous years. There were 1,882 members (female 808 and 955 males) have had passed screening process while total 706 (436 female and 270 males) were properly granted citizenship from the government.


2) Child/youth and women rights: The project had estimated there are 55% increase in the fields of child and women’s rights on protection from various kinds of abuses and violence’s in the families along with just and fair pays for the wages and gender equity in various levels of leadership roles related to community development, management and governance are also promoted through capacity development and empowerment training workshops and mobilization activities. 


3) Counselling centres: The project established 8 counselling centres where community members can utilize as legal consultations with legal networking volunteers.



4) Land Title Deeds:  Total 2,167 participants from 30 communities have learned government Master Plan on Nation Forestry Management regarding to reclaim back the villagers’ farm lands to national forestry. Total 4 communities have been in development of legal process for getting Land Title Deeds.  At present, total 2 of them were ready to submit legal


Story of Change: Miss Tuli’s (Communities Volunteer of Project)


Miss Tuli’s, age 20 year old and the second daughter in her family of 6. She’s family live in Rajchaboot Lahu village at No. 45, Moo 9, Tambon Ban Pam, Amphur Mae Taen of Chiang Mai Province. 

“ My family live by growing rain-fed high land rice on the hill-side field for home consumption while growing corn for sales and seasonal vegetables for home consumption,  We also raise small animals – pigs and chickens for home consumption and surplus for sales to neighbouring families in the village.


Unfortunately, our family is one of 27 families in the village who were moved into this village from Myanmar not too long ago and did not receive any kind of official documents such as census survey, family registration and or passed any other citizenship screening process. Therefore, I was allowed (with other students in our village) to study only at the primary school in a neighbouring Thai village at approximately 4 kilometre away from our village, We were told that we could not be able to continue further education after we have finished primary education (Grade 6) in that government’s village school due to having no citizenship.


Those disadvantaged 27 families in our village have learned that we are losing legal rights, especially Thai citizenship and related legal services and the local Thai village headmen have offered their assistance to go through citizenship screening approval process if we are willing to pay such amount of money to them to cover relevant expenses that they have to spend in the process.  Innocent villagers had agreed to pay those requested money to those Thai headmen, hoping that they will get Thai citizenship that they are eagerly needed to be obtaining.  Unfortunately, those Thai headmen had gave the fate citizenship and ID cards after getting the money that they wanted. Later, some of the villagers had approached Mae Taeng District Administrative Office for legal purposes, they were told and warned that their ID cards are fate and not to use anymore. Then, those headmen were never shown-up to them again.  The villagers had no-where to go to complain about their loses in this citizenship process”.




·      History

     The Thailand Lahu Development Foundation (TLDF) is a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which was established and legally registered at Chiang Mai Provincial office on March 1, 2012 . TLDF is a privately owned organization which focuses on development work and is not connected with church activities. The foundation’s mandate is in social service, having clearly defined boundaries separating it from religious agenda. Though, TLDF works with 200 communities, it’s outreach focuses on non-church members of Lahu ethnic groups with diverse religious backgrounds who are living in Thailand and Myanmar. 


·      TLDF Vision

o  A dignified livelihood is possible for Lahu people in diverse societies.


·      TLDF Mission

o  To promote community-driven holistic development towards sustainable livelihood of Lahu people.


·      Purpose of the Foundation

o      To develop and empower community capacity for integrated development.

o      To promote and encourage integrated education for children, youth and women.

o      To promote and encourage career development for the community.

o      To promote and encourage respect for human dignity. 

o      To collaborate with other like-minded networks.