Who we are 

We are a foundation partnering with Integrated Tribal Development Foundation (ITDF), a Thailand based non-profit working with hill tribe villages in Northern Thailand.

Our History

The Beginning

In July 1991, Michael Mann founded the Lahu Irrigation Project (LIP). With the help of four hill tribe staff, the goal was to improve and establish village drinking water supply systems, irrigation and agriculture for Lahu Villages in Thailand. LIP was able to operate under the Thailand Lahu Baptist Convention (TLBC) and funded by the Baptist Union of Sweden (BUS).

Our Partnership

Our partner on the ground in Thailand is Intergrated Tribal Development Foundation (ITDF), a non-profit organization headquartered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working towards ending poverty in local hill tribe villages.

We focus on developing their community both sustainably and holistically, so that they may be better equipped once the poverty is surpassed.

ITDF believes that getting villagers out of poverty is important, but it shouldn’t stop there. They build relationships and provide them with a means to not only come out of poverty, but stay out of poverty.

Visit ITDF website to learn more→

Meet Our Board

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ERIC HANSON

Board President; Orthopedic Surgeon, Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center

DARLENE HANSON

Board Secretary: Retired RNBSN who still keeps her license active to serve in a medical capacity in Thailand

DEBBIE TINGLEY

Director of Hands to Heart Women’s Co-Op; Board Member

KELLY MITCHINSON

Lanna Foundation Administrative Support Staff; Board Member

DR. WILLIAM CARVETH

Board Member: Physician- Central Valley Colon & Rectal Surgical Associates

JULIA CARDOZA

Board member: Safety & Health Consultant, Zenith Insurance Company

JAMI FAGUNDES

Board Member: Alltech, Territory Sales Manager

BRYAN FEIL

Board Member: Director of Real Estate, Bitwise Industries

JESSIE THIESEN

Board member: Teacher turned stay at home mom

Lanna Foundation Partners

SARAH DAVIS

Staff, Accountant

EMILY FAGUNDES

Marketing and Donor Relations

RICHARD & JILLIAN MANN

Lanna Foundation Thailand Staff/Director of Coffee Operations, ITDF

MATTHEW WEAVER

Advisory Council Member, CEO- Weaver & Associates Insurance Brokers

RICK BALZER

Suri’s Kids Director