Zakat Foundation in Thailand
As an economically dynamic country with many natural resources, poverty in Thailand is mostly the result of an extremely uneven distribution of the country’s wealth. An estimated 30% of the population is barely surviving from day to day, while the wealthiest 30% of the society live lavishly. Additionally, chronic political instability plagues the country and the citizenry remains deeply divided over the question of the rightful ruler of Thailand.
Much of the poverty is concentrated in the country’s four southern provinces, which are less prosperous than other parts of Thailand. Meager educational opportunities and discrimination are regular facts of life for Thai citizens in these areas.
In addition, a number of large refugee camps that spread along Thailand’s border with Myanmar (Burma) shelter approximately 140,000 Burmese asylum seekers fleeing persecution, a significant portion of whom are Rohingya Muslims. Besides basic security, these asylum seekers are in need of immediate and long-term assistance with health care, education, and securing viable livelihoods.
In Thailand, Zakat Foundation of America provides fresh meals and gifts for the Ramadan and Eid holiday seasons.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center