Joy Foundation Mission
Poverty alleviation and sustainable agriculture can be partners in development and provide strategies for clean water and healthy food to people regardless of race and religion.
The Christian Foundation reaches out to poor communities in Thailand, S.E. Asia and around the world to increase the quality of life and restore good and healthy living. The key lies in sustainable agriculture and social and community development.
To ensure the protection of people and the environment the Foundation will invest and distribute capital, land and resources for the benefit of society and especially for the poor.
Joy Foundation seeks to be relevant to the local community in providing community support, as well as social and community services and development, wherever appropriate.
Non Somboon Village
Joy Foundation has adopted the village of Noan Somboon, in Ampur Thoeng, Chiang Rai, Thailand. The village has more than 400 people, mainly Isan in origin, living near Mae Loi and Mae Ing whose primary livelihood are agriculture based.
Joy Foundation and Thammasat University successfully launched a community survey and two demonstration projects at Noan Somboon Village in August, and in October 2022.
Community Survey Results:
1. Primary Occupations are farmers (83%) and small businesses
2. Average monthly household income, below 15000 baht 66%; between 15-25,000 baht 24%
3. Debts: 82% of households have more than 50,000 baht or more of debt incurred
4. Reported special needs of the community: Income and occupation related (89%); social services (53%) and education (50%)
Special Community Needs
Key findings from Focus Group Interviews @ NSB
This is a close-knit community with strong cultural heritage
Villagers work hard but has high debt – thus in need different sources of income
Need clean water – develop community resources and water treatment
Need development of agriculture, capacity for drying grains, silos and storage
Development of home industries and other micro-enterprises welcomed: eg. silk worms, mat weaving, honey
Key Projects of Joy Foundation @ NSB
1. Clean Water project
2. Income Generation Programs
3. Children Education
4. Elderly Programs
IImplementation of Potential Projects in Non Somboon, 2022-2025
Launch a Community Service Center
Develop children and elderly programs
Start an organic farming training center and develop other sources of income
Develop sustainable clean water project
Professor Ngoh Tiong Tan, Director, Joy Foundation.
Ajarn Karuna Jaisai, Lecturer of Social Work, Thammassat University, Lampang Campus