Samli, Thailand: June 23 to July 1, 2004


The Lisu are one of several hilltribes residing in the mountains of Northern Thailand. There are many Lisu villages in this area; among them is Samli.

Samli currently has 160 Lisu residents and is home to the chief of the village cluster (1000 people). In the past, the livelihood of many hilltribes was based on the production and sale of opium. In order to stop this, the Thai Government is investing into integrating the hilltribes into Thai Society. Thus far, the Thai Government has offered citizenship, education and other social services to the hilltribes.


Thailand 2004

To build a health clinic to serve the villages in the surrounding areas.
Four chapters worked on the project:

  • Columbia University
  • West Coast Professional Chapter
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • University of Maryland College Park


Phase I: Completed by Columbia University

framing, roofing, and siding on the building

Phase II: Completed by UMD and UCLA

electrical system, plumbing, septic system, interior walls, ceiling, and the finishing work.

The new center was completed in 2004:

  • can handle 60 visitors a day
  • has a bedroom and living quarters for a doctor
  • equipped with an inpatient room, an emergency room, a waiting area, a small laboratory, and a pharmacy