Foundation for Older Persons’ Development (FOPDEV)
FOPDEV was established in 1999 as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to working with and for the disadvantaged and vulnerable older persons in Thailand. It’s main activities take place in the Northern Region of Thailand. FOPDEV joined the HelpAge network in 2001 and became an affiliate in 2004.
FOPDEV works at the community level with:
- Older people’s groups to set up income generation activities to improve income security.
- Volunteers to provide basic health care and information to older people and their carers.
- Watch groups to monitor local policy implementation and older people’s access to rights and entitlements.
At the national level, FOPDEV works to raise awareness of older people’s issues with the general public and advocate for improvement in government policies for older people and the needs of an ageing society. Key areas of work include promotion of older people’s rights, income security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and healthcare. FOPDEV had been actively implementing the regional project Strengthening the civil society network on Ageing in Southeast Asia, funded by the European Union.
In addition, FOPDEV runs a social business programme called “Buddy HomeCare” aiming to solve two social problems in the same time, one is the problem of caring needs for disadvantages older people and another one is the problem of disadvantages hill tribe children who are unable to continue to study then become poor and unsecured on income.
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Sawang Kaewkantha, Executive Director
388(6) Soi 17 Nimmanhemin Road,
Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai THAILAND 50200
Tel: +66 53 215 671
Fax: +66 53 224 616