Mighty Oaks began as the Isaiah 61 Project and was birthed in 2004 when an educational sponsorship program was started for children at risk, in Fang District, Northern Thailand.
This area is made up of a variety of ethnic groups. It is also a region with a high incidence of child prostitution, child labor abuse and high incidence of HIV and AIDS. The average income for a farmer in this area is less than $500 CAD per year. Many children are in constant threat of abuse and exploitation by brothel agents who search in villages for vulnerable, poverty stricken, families. Their families are deceived into thinking they are providing a better life for their child by releasing them into the care of these agents who have promised to put the children into school. In many cases, they never see their children again. The Isaiah 61 Project staff work closely with teachers, Christian pastors or workers, and village leaders to identify children most at risk. We are excited about the changes which are occurring already as indigenous workers build relationships with the families of the children and experience their delight in having their children receive an education. It is changing the cycle of poverty so prevalent in this area.
An important goal for us is to provide a good communication link between our sponsored children and our sponsors in Canada and U.S. With the help of video clips, pictures, annual trips to visit each family, profiles and reports from the children and the schools they attend, this goal is being fulfilled.