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Located in South East Asia, Thailand is the world's 50th-largest country. Famous for its tropical beaches, rich royal palaces, and ancient ruins Thailand has a thriving tourism industry.
However drug abuse, alcoholism and gambling are big problems for families living in the region and health issues such as malaria, tuberculosis, dengue fever and HIV are also now serious threats.
With the vast majority of the country being Buddhist, just 1% of the population of Thailand are Christian.
There are just over 500 Mothers’ Union members, mostly located in the north of Thailand. Here they are very active, running a number of outreach programmes serving the whole community:
One of the most cost-effective literacy programmes in the world. We train community volunteers as literacy facilitators, who are then equipped to run literacy circles in their own community.
When Irene Barnes divorced her husband Pete because of his drinking, she never expected that Mothers’ Union would play a part in them getting back together
Mothers’ Union members are fighting to stop female genital mutilation and other forms of violence against women in their communities
Mothers’ Union members around the world shine a light in the darkness of prison