On 23th September 2013 at the Sea Gypsy Village in Leam Tukkae, Rassada, Phuket, Phuket Governor – Maitree Intusut presided over an event entitled “Development of the Quality of Life of Phuket Sea Gypsies”. The event was also attended by Rassada Mayor – Khun Bhudit Raksarath and its aim was to promote and improve the quality of life of the local sea gypsy community and to build a stronger community which will be both self-reliant and sustainable.
There are 310 households, with a total population of 1486 in the Sea Gypsy community in Rassada. Some of the people are involved in the fishing trade, whilst a small number have regular jobs. One of the community’s main strengths is their ability to live together as one big family community.
The sea gypsies live in a long standing traditional and cultural way, however, they have recently requested local government help to improve the quality of life of the community in relation to their living environment, hygiene conditions, health utilities and their rights to work and housing.
The recent activity provided advice for the community as to how they could be involved in the local fishing and pearl industries, as well as how they could receive deliveries of consumer goods on a daily basis.