MMF is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Phantawat (Kraiwut) Phuphaphantakarn as the new Executive Director of the Mekong Minority Foundation as of June 1, 2015! Mr. Phuphaphantakarn comes to MMF following experience in serving with World Concern International Thailand, Compassion International Thailand, and FIDA International Thailand. He is married with one teenage daughter and resides in Chiang Rai with his family. Mr. Phuphaphantakarn has demonstrated significant skills as both an Evaluator and Trainer, along with other areas which should prove to be an asset to MMF’s work.
Please join us in welcoming him into this role and trust that you will have the opportunity to know him better over the next few months.
MMF recently lost a good friend and colleague. Boon’s battle with leukemia ended when he was taken from this world and ushered into Heaven where he may rest (and farm) in peace and everlasting joy. His smiling face and good humor will be missed by all of us, and yet we are glad his suffering is over. Please remember his wife and daughter in your prayers as they deal with this significant loss. Boon is irreplaceable.
MMF is pleased to announce a new partnership with ELT English Care! Just recently an MOU between the 2 parties was signed and we would like to introduce ELT English Care to you.
ELT English Care is an English Language Teaching (ELT) program which was initiated by a young Akha man from northern Thailand who had previously been awarded a Royal Scholarship under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand to study in India. He went with a vision that through English education his community and his country could obtain better development. Education, he believes, is one of the core elements towards real empowerment. Therefore, reaching out to the poor and the underprivileged through English education opportunity is one of his primary dreams.
Eventually, his vision is founding an inclusive and quality English Language Medium school for the poor and underprivileged.
ELT English Care has recently completed a trial period of teaching Akha youth in the Baan Doi community of Chiang Rai province. This trial period exceeded expectations and produced excellent results. As the Director and Founder of ELT English Care seeks to expand and create legal status for ELT English Care, he approached MMF about a potential partnership. MMF is excited to be able to extend this opportunity to ELT English Care.
If you are interested in learning more about ELT English Care or ways that you can financially or practically support this project, please contact MMF and we will put you in contact with ELT English Care’s leadership. Thank you!
This past week has seen it’s share of ups and downs here at MMF. On the upside, the Mekong Sub-region Minority Church Mobilization Project (MCMP) hosted an end-of-phase evaluation together with Facilitators from the churches remaining in the program. It was an encouraging time together, especially as we listened to testimonies from 3 of the churches which included a summary of initiatives that the churches have begun, the impact that this has had on the church, and how the community views what is happening. Some of the feedback included the following comments:
- “The church members work together with such unity. If our whole community was like that, we could get a lot accomplished.”
- “We’re jealous of the church. They seem to have a lot of happiness and enjoy working together.”
- “Members in our church are much interested in studying the Bible.”
- “Voluntary giving in our church has noticeably increased since we started this program.”
- “People are much more interested in attending church and helping others than they were before.”
- “We now know how to analyze the root causes of problems and work towards addressing them.”
- “I give a lot more value to what I already have instead of thinking that I don’t have enough.”
- Any Many Others
MMF wishes to congratulate and thank the MCMP project team (Palin, Nan, Chi) for their perseverance in helping this project develop over the past 2-3 years. The deserving Church Facilitators were also very happy to finally receive their official certificates of completion. We say “Well Done!” to them, as well!
On the down side, many of you will remember Boriboon (Boon) who was an integral part of MMF’s Animal Health Training team for many years, as well as with other projects. Approximately one year ago, Boon was diagnosed with leukemia and has been receiving chemo treatments. Unfortunately, in the past couple of weeks his condition has worsened significantly and the treatments no longer appear to be working. He is in the hospital as we write this and physically struggling with pain, lack of strength, and difficulty breathing. Please pray with us for Boon and his family during this time. May God’s Will Be Done!
The Year 2015 has come in with a heavy hand. It marks the end of a 3-year project cycle for many of MMF’s programs and our thoughts must turn more to the future and the possibilities that lie ahead. At the same time, it also necessitates some significant changes within MMF. One of those significant changes is that Tim’s commitment to MMF is quickly coming to a close and the search for a new, permanent Director has been thrown into high gear. MMF is actively seeking a qualified and passionate individual to accept the challenge and opportunity of leading MMF into a new season. Following is a summary of the Person Specifications we are looking for:
PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS (Person Specifications)
Thai citizen who is a mature Christian and is either from an ethnic minority or who has a heart to serve ethnic minority people.
Able to provide spiritual leadership to people from diverse people groups and different Christian traditions
Good communication skills in Thai and English – listening, verbal and written.
Previous experience in the management of a Development Organization.
Academic Credentials – Completion of at least a Bachelor’s Degree.
Effective in managing people and solving problems.
Strength in networking and building relationships.
Ability to communicate effectively with wide variety of parties, including the MMF Board, local partners, churches, government agencies, donor partners, etc.
Valid Thai Driver’s License
ADDITIONAL PREFERRED (but not required) QUALIFICATIONS
Language proficiency in other languages (i.e. ethnic minority languages, Chinese, Burmese, etc.)
Previous experience and/or a strong desire to engage in Church and Community Mobilization.
Please refer any interested and qualified candidates to MMF@minorityleadership.com, and an Application and copy of the Job Description will be provided to them.
Thank you for your prayers and cooperation!
MMF is 10 years old! On December 1. 2004, the Mekong Minority Foundation (MMF) received official registration status with the Thai government; and a few days before Christmas we celebrated MMF’s 10th Anniversary with a small gathering of partners, friends, staff, students, and representatives from our target groups over the years. It was great to have representation (100+ participants) from 4 countries and multiple ethnic minority groups in attendance. Our special thanks to CNCMC, Grace Church Mae Sai, New Life Center Chiang Rai, and UHDP for joining the celebration. We were treated to special performances reflecting the different cultures and customs showcasing the uniqueness of the various ethnic minorities residing in the Greater Mekong sub-Region. Despite uncommonly cold weather cutting the program shorter than planned, it was a heart-warming and encouraging time together. We thank all of our partners, donors, friends and colleagues who have played an integral role in shaping and impacting MMF’s work over the past 10 years! We look forward to more good things. A belated Merry Christmas and early blessings for the New Year to everyone!
MMF is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Quesenberry (MMF Advisor) and Dr. Maureen Birmingham’s book, Where There Is No Animal Doctor, has been translated and published in Thai. Just last year, the Burmese translation also became available. This is an excellent resource for those working in the Mekong Sub-Region, and we congratulate Dr. Peter on another milestone achievement.