Kids Future is a politically and religiously independent, nonprofit association which was founded 2002. Our work aims to improve conditions for poor children and adolescents from vulnerable and marginalized groups in northern Thailand. We are a small association of about 80 members. The Board works on an entirely voluntary basis.
Kids Future was created as a support group for Kids Ark Foundation and we have chosen to also work directly with the Red Lahu ethnic minority group, via DLA.
Our activity, to assist our cooperation partners, is entirely dependent on the various grants, donations, membership fees and sales revenues.
Kids Future request funding from various organizations and companies to finance our activities. We have been supported for several years by Forum Syd /Sida for various projects, and also by several private businesses. We have several projects where donors may earmark their contributions, for example towards teacher salaries, rice banks etc. These donations will then go, in full, to the specified project.
Funds are raise through Kids Futures collection boxes. We have also received donations collected from Collection Plates and from other sources.
We follow the development of our projects with our cooperation partners and thus obtain direct information about how our assistance reaches its destination. Frequent contact is also important to help judge their needs. Since the requests for support come directly from Kids Ark Foundation and DLA a vital precondition for the success of these projects exists. Kids Ark Foundation has started various income generating projects, such as weaving, sewing, bamboo and woodwork. Kids Future supports these activities through the sale of handcraft products. These are sold door-to-door, through the website, in various markets, to businesses that support us and on other occasions.
One important task is to recruit more members to our association, a task which we are actively pursuing. We also strive to become more widely known. Information about our activities is made known by providing information on our website, posting messages on Facebook, distributing our brochure and by telling people about our activities in different contexts. Our members receive a newsletter with information about the most important events of the past year together with the invitation to the annual meeting.
The board members develop and keep abreast of developments by attending various courses, mainly those held by the Forum Syd. We have taken courses in information about HIV/AIDS, on writing and reporting applications for funds among other subjects