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Sustainability

“If you want to plan for a year, sow rice.08-About-Sustainability-content2
If you want to plan for a decade, plant trees.
If you want to plan for a lifetime, educate people.”
Chinese proverb

We’re committed to the kids and their communities for the long term. We build capacity – and opportunity – for the future.

One of the ways we build capacity is by maintaining a focus on building sustainable projects. We have sown rice, planted crops and built educational and training facilities to ensure the long-term sustainability of the people and communities we support.

Steps towards sustainability

Our initiatives create employment and reduce recurrent funding requirements. Some initiatives generate a modest income, however, everything Hands has created started with small steps.

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Fish farm

Hands built a fish farm in bushland surrounding the rubber plantation in 2009. The fish farm and other activities create chores for the kids. They can also enjoy the results of their work.

Mushroom farm

Hands built a mushroom farm at Baan Tharn Namchai orphanage that the kids harvest. The kids sell excess mushrooms in the community from the backs of their bikes. There is stiff competition among the kids to sell the most mushrooms!

Sewing room

Hands invested capital to acquire sewing machines and materials for  women within the community at  Baan Tharn Namchai. Our sewers make commercial items for export and sale. The operation has grown considerably over the past few years and now supplies multinationals such as Beko, Smeg, Retravision, Electrolux, Betta, Fisher & Paykel and Miele with products. This has created a valuable source of income for the local community, as well as Baan Tharn Namchai. Please click here for the Hands Corporate Catalogue

Fashion range

“Fashion by Hands” is a range of women’s clothing made at our Sewing Room. The range is versatile, easy to wear and suitable for a multitude of occasions. Supporters regularly hold Fashion Fundraisers for Hands to help us create awareness of the line. Click here for more information.

Craft shop

Hands established a gift shop next to the Baan Tharn Namchai home which offers a range of products manufactured locally, most of which is made in our sewing room. Funds generated from the shop go directly towards the operating costs of Baan Tharn Namchai.

Education

A community, education and training centre has been built at Baan Nam Khem. There are currently around 60 local and Hands’ children who attend this pre-school.