As we have recently donated 34 LIFESAVER Aid jerrycans to this village I thought this might be of interest. Ban Hak Kia is a Karen village situated in the Doi Inthanon National Park
Located in Chiang Mai Province, Doi Inthanon National Park encompasses the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon.
The park covers an area of 48,240 hectares. Its lowlands below 800 metres in elevation are warm and very dry during the rain-free season, but the summit of Doi Inthanon, at 2565 metres, has a climate more like Canada than Thailand. The temperature has been known to drop below 0°C and frosts are not unusual during the cool, dry season. During any season, Doi Inthanon is a comfortable reprieve from the heat of the lowlands.  It includes Karen and Meo Hmong villages of about 4,500 people.
Photo of a map of the villages in Doi Inthanon National Park
About Ban Hak Kia
For 6 nights, I stayed in the Karen village of Ban Hak Kia, which in Karen means the village of the Broken Beech Pine Tree. The village is situated 25 km from the nearest town and is only accessible by four wheel drive. Ban Hak Kia has a population of 280 and a total of 52 households. The oldest residents are aged from 86 to 87. The main religions practised are Buddhism and Christianity.
Photo of Ban Hak Kia
Ban Hak Kia’s cashcrops are sweetcorn and onion. They sell this crop to local distributors who then sell it on in the markets in Chomthong or Chiang Mai. The villagers also tend to rice in the paddy fields but this is grown to share amongst the villagers. The village also has pigs, chickens and plenty of dogs. The pigs and chickens are often sacrificed on a special occasion such as a harvest.
Water and sanitation
The village’s potable water supply is poor and about 70% of the population boil water for drinking and cooking. Most of the villagers drink on average 4/5 litres per day when they are working in the paddy fields, and use a similar amount for cooking.
The women and children tend to collect the water and the firewood for boiling the water.
Each of the 52 households have their own toilet so understanding of sanitation is fairly good. The funds for these toilets were raised by a close friend of the Pakanyor Foundation. There have been 5 cases of dysentery in the last year and no cases of Typhoid. Malaria has been eradicated in this area.
The donation of 34 LIFESAVER jerrycans will provide 34 families with access to 510,000 litres of clean, sterile drinking water. This will reduce the need for firewood and in turn the cutting down of trees as well as improving the health of the beneficiaries.
Ban Hak Kia has no electricity but some houses have been able to afford solar power. Hydroelectricity is being installed next month by Chiang Mai University students. This will offer the whole village access to electricity.
Photo of Forest Buffalo in the hills near Ban Hak Kia
 Doi Inthanon Park, -. Welcome to Chiang Mai. [online] Available at: <http://www.chiangmai-chiangrai.com/doi_inthanon_park.html> [Accessed 29 July 2013].