About Us


Sustainable Appropriate Livelihood for the Transformation of South East Asia (SALT)

History of Upland Holistic Development Foundation / UHDF

Upland Holistics Development Project was established in 1996 by an American missionary family, Mr. Richard and Mrs. Ellen Burnette from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. UHDP is a public interest organization under the Christian Service (Baptist) Foundation of the Church of Christ in Thailand. We are working to promote holistic development on the upland by educating communities on agroforestry plots and resource (forest, water, soil and land) conservation and management. Most of the activities aim to improve agricultural land on the upland, community forest, families’ backyard agriculture, and empower positive gender relations and human rights.

In 2021, Upland Holistic Development Project (UHDP) changed to Upland Holistic Development Foundation (UHDF). We focus on four main areas which are environmental restoration, economic empowerment, spiritual renewal and human rights among indigenous in Southeast Asian along the border such as Dara Ang, Lahu, Akha, Karen, Kachin and others.

Richard R. and Ellen H. Burnette – Founder

Our Core Values


To create human rights and ownership so that the ethnic people on the uplands cultivate natural resources that are stable, prosperous and sustainable.


  1. To create resources for upland ethnic groups that promote awareness, protection, conservation, and restoration of the natural ecosystem.
  2. For upland ethnic groups to be educated and have enough to help themselves and others according to the philosophy of self-sufficiency economy.
  3. To encourage harmonious responsible citizens aware of duty, brotherhood, equality, peace, and the universal principle of human rights.
  4. To seek ways to cultivate knowledge of morals and ethics among communities.
  5. For modification and improvement of the performance and efficiency of the learning center’s resources in order to use it to its fullest potential.

Program Activities

  1. Natural Resource Restoration Program (soil, water, forest)
  2. Human Rights Promotion Program (natural resource management and access to government services)
  3. Community Economic Empowerment (Food Security) and Savings Group (VSLA) Program
  4. Project for developing potential for development work in youth and women
  5. Social and Ethical Promotion Program (Spiritual)

The Main Projects of the UHDF Center

  1. Develop and maintain a learning center
  2. Produce seedlings and livestock to promote our work
  3. Develop experimental projects to determine various suitable technologies to pursue
  4. Local plant seeds and rice varieties for research purposes