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Review for Akha Heritage Foundation, Salem, OR, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

The Akha Heritage Foundation, a dream of Matthew McDaniel, is an incredible nonprofit. He claims to support the Akha hill-tribe minority in S.E.Asia, but the people and their leaders dissociate themselves from him! Now McDaniel is raising donations for his Sail For Freedom project. If you really need to be hoodwinked, robbed blind or just play the fool, then go ahead and donate to McDaniel. But read the below comments, and do some more research first.

"Due to Mr. McDaniel’s behavior, the Akha Community Leaders in the Northern Part of Thailand and the Thai-Akha Fellowship in Thailand issued declaration on 16 and 23 November 2007, respectively, disassociating themselves from any action by Mr. McDaniel and his Foundation.  The declarations clearly stated that the Akha people in Thailand do not recognize Mr. McDaniel and the Akha Foundation as duly authorized representatives of the Akha people.  Any statement or action made on behalf of the Akha people by Mr. McDaniel of his Foundataion would not be taken into account.  In fact, Mr. McDaniel’s behavior and action have been detrimental to the Akha, causing conflicts withing the Akha communities." (sic)

Akha Outreach Foundation -
"Please be aware that there is a man name Matthew McDaniels (he owns and several other sites which openly bash all missionaries and the Thai government) who has put a lot of deceptive information about the Akha on the Web. This man is not credible; deeper research reveals that he has multiple Akha wives and has been officially expelled from Thailand because of sedition." (sic)

Jake Terrell, a Ph.D. candidate and faculty member of The University of Hawaii, carried out a research project on Akha pirma chants. McDaniel got wind of it on the internet and had the audacity to claim the project as his own for donations on his AHF website. Terrell explained, "I asked him to take that post down from the AHF website, and he did, but still, that was quite outrageous behavior. He is delusional. Are you aware that in Nov. of 2007, about twenty Akha community leaders many who run their own NGOs for the people, christians and traditionalists, held a meeting in Chiang Rai, where they drafted a letter in Akha, English, and Thai telling McDaniel that he is not Akha, and asking him to cease and desist with his activities?"

The Akha Heritage Foundation, aka Matthew McDaniel, is an incredible nonprofit! Incredible means NOT credible!

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