Empowering Karen Communities

The Karen Hilltribes Trust (KHT) is a community-led organisation that works with Karen communities in Northern Thailand.


We improve health through the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene education


We increase access to education for Karen children and young adults


We secure sustainable livelihoods through the construction of robust irrigation systems

Our Vision

A secure future for the Karen communities of Northern Thailand

Our Mission

To partner with Karen communities to improve their health, livelihoods and access to education

Since 1986, we have provided…

  • 48787

    People with clean water and sanitation, supporting improvements in health

  • 15000

    Children and young adults with access to education, enhancing future opportunities

  • 14776

    Farmers with reliable irrigation, helping to secure livelihoods


The Karen Hilltribes Trust ensures it will always act responsibly to protect the public, its team and the communities it works with. Our beneficiaries are at the centre of everything we do and their well-being and safety is of the upmost importance to us.

We are currently implementing our programmes safely by following strict social distancing and other safeguarding measures, and will continue supporting Karen communities across Northern Thailand for as long as we are given permission to do so. We are constantly monitoring the situation and following official advice and will always suspend activities if they pose any safety risks.

Success Story

Success Story

Meet Jintra and her family! They live deep in the forests of the Salawin National Park in a village which lies 100km from the nearest town.

Jintra is one of KHT’s scholarship recipients, which means she can continue her studies at college. As well as a scholarship, the family have also benefited from a KHT water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project. Jintra’s father, Mala Ei, volunteered alongside our team every day to install the clean water system, and build and repair latrines whilst also taking part in the hygiene education sessions in the village.

Click the links below to read more about how KHT’s projects have changed their lives.

Jintra's Story Our Work
Volunteer with KHT in Thailand

Volunteer with KHT in Thailand

Are you interested in working on real charity projects that help to empower local communities? Are you ready to be immersed in a completely new culture, living and working alongside a local Karen community? Then look no further, the Karen Hilltribes Trust offers the volunteering experiences you are looking for!

We work alongside Karen communities to develop and run sustainable projects that help secure sustainable and improved futures. Click the links below to find out how you could take part in our Thailand based volunteer projects; Build a Clean Water System and Teaching English in Thailand!

Volunteer Opportunities Read our Volunteer Stories
Support Our Work!

Support Our Work!

As a small, yet dedicated charity, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to be able to do the amazing work that we do. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to provide over 200 Karen communities with clean water, install 100 irrigation systems to support improved livelihoods, or increase access to education for over 15,000 children.

Your support, however big or small, is therefore vital. If you are able to offer support, then please considering donating today, or seeing how else you could get involved!

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