What is the Rescue Mission for Children

The Rescue Mission for Children Inc. began in 1994 and registered as a Non-For-Profit, tax-exempt organisation in Australia. Its purpose is to raise funds to aid in the social advancement and economic development of the Akha Hill tribe group and its children, although its doors are open to any children in need of care. This is done in partnership with the Association of Development Assistance for Thai-Hilltribe Children Inc. (DAC Inc.) in Thailand and is a registered foundation under Thailand law.

Who are the Akha people

download The Akha are one of the poorest and least developed hill tribe groups in Southeast Asia. The Akha People live in northern Laos, western Myanmar, northern Thailand, northern Vietnam and southern China. Many of the population fled across the Myanmar border to Thailand fleeing from villages destroyed by Opium dealers, people traffickers and sex industry slave dealers. They are a stateless people and have no recognised citizenship in any country. Their communities face persecution, limited access to healthcare and education, exploitation, displacement and their children are at risk of being trafficked for slavery and gross human rights abuses.

Where is the Site of the Rescue Mission for Children

downloadThe Rescue Mission for Children is located in the Mekong Highlands of Thailand, in the Provence of Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai is the northernmost province in Thailand and is one of the most rural areas in the country. Half of its northern border separates the province and the nation from Laos and is formed by the Mekong River.

Our Vision

The children we care for will no longer be prey for those who seek to exploit them, and to provide them with the skills they need to have a prosperous future.

What are the Rescue Mission for Children’s Goals

  • To build the social and economic capacity of the children.
  • To give them the skills, knowledge and resources so they can reach their potential.
  • To protect their rights and cultural heritage.
  • To teach the children to have a sense of pride in one self, self-esteem and confidence.
  • To train the children to become self-sufficient in Thailand’s society.
  • To equip them with skills that they can transplant back in their villages to raise the economic level there.

What Services are Performed by the Rescue Mission for Children

  • Rescue children of the Akha and other Hilltrbes from failed village economies, sickness and hunger.
  • Provide children from Akha and other Hilltribe villages with a basic primary and secondary education.
  • Provide religious and spiritual development support.
  • Provide these children with food, shelter, healthcare and full care.

Management Committee Members

The Rescue Mission for Children Inc. operates under the leadership of its Management Committee:

Barry Kelly
Barry Kelly, President
Retired United States Air Force, culminating as a Lieutenant Colonel leading a 200 member engineering organisation. Former University of Queensland Deputy Director Buildings and Grounds, managing new construction and facilities maintenance of all university campuses. Sponsor of two children through Compassion Australia (Rwanda and Kenya). Rescue Mission for Children: Management Committee member since 2012.
Lenore Dickson
Lenore Dickson, Vice President
Lenore is currently employed by Education Queensland as a Teacher Aide. She was previously employed by World Vision as a Youth Relationship Officer 2002-2011. Lenore served as Secretary of the Rescue Mission for Children in 2012 and Acting Treasurer September to December 2013. Lenore also served on Girl Guides Australia committees as President and Vice President for 5 years. She has had a fellowship at Genesis Christian Ministries for 15 plus years.
Susan Manns, Treasurer
Susan is a CPA qualified accountant. Susan is sponsoring two children at Rescue Mission and has volunteered onsite in September 2015. Susan is a board member for City Women Gold Coast and volunteers for Radio Lollypop. Susan is an active member of Genesis Christian Ministries.
Jessica Claassen, Secretary
Jessica is a Special Needs Teacher , married to Ken with two beautiful daughters. Jessica has been a sponsor for many years and volunteered her time onsite in September 2013. Jessica is a board member of Genesis Christian Ministries.

DAC (Development Assistance for Thai-Hilltribe Children Inc.) Board  Members

Asa StevensonAsa Stevenson, President
Asa is the co-founder of Rescue Mission for Children Inc. Australia. She is also the co-founder of DAC Inc. Thailand. Asa has worked for the organisation since 1994 and has rescued hundreds of vulnerable children. She is now the president of DAC Inc. Asa continues to rescue, educate and train the vulnerable children in Northern Thailand.

Amporn JupoaAmporn Jupoa, Treasurer
Amporn is a co-founder of DAC Inc. Amporn was the first manager of DAC Inc. Training Centre in northern Thailand. For the first 7 years of the organisation, she helped, rescued, educated and trained hundreds children as the manager of the Training Centre. Today, Amporn has gone on to develop her own farm and business, but still supports the organisation of DAC Inc.

Ruetairat YerjaeAbusah Yerjae, Secretary
Abusah was the second manager of DAC Inc. Training Centre. Abusah and Dang, her husband, have been involved with the organisation from the very beginning. Abusah and Dang managed the whole Training Centre and taught the children.

Registration as a Charity

Certificate of Incorporation as an Association

Last updated: October 8, 2014