CARE’s work in Thailand began in 1979, initially responding to the Cambodian refugee influx along Thailand’s borders.
The Raks Thai Foundation (the local name of CARE in Thailand) became a member of CARE International in January 2003, becoming the first CARE member from a developing country.
Environment and Natural Resources
CARE/Raks Thai has been working for more than 20 years to support sustainable agriculture practices, agro-forestry, natural resources management and education.
Health and HIV/AIDS
CARE/Raks Thai works with marginalised people on HIV prevention as well as care and support for affected families. We fight discrimination and promote reproductive health rights.
CARE/RAKs Thai provide direct support to individuals at risk and to families affected by HIV/AIDS, groups and networks for those living with the infection, and youth programmes. We advocate for policy changes to improve the rights of those affected.
Livelihoods and Micro-enterprise Development
CARE/Raks Thai enable poor rural communities to gain paid work through traditional occupations in cotton and silk weaving, wood and bamboo, and pottery.
CARE/Raks Thai supports these villagers to collaborate with small entrepreneurs.
CARE/Raks Thai promotes education reform, working with local teachers to develop community learning centres specialising in in general education, environmental education and choice of occupation.
Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response
CARE/Raks Thai provides emergency relief and supports rehabilitation for victims of disasters. We work with communities to prepare for and reduce the risk of future shocks.
CARE was one of the first agencies in Thailand to respond to the 2004 tsunami, that killed more than 5,000 people and devastated lives, houses and occupations in coastal areas.
CARE/Raks Thai also supports health and psychosocial activities, environmental restoration projects, and community disaster risk management.