Issan.org is a privately funded non-profit organization founded by me, J Rouch. I created this website to tell people about the Issan region, which is located in northeastern Thailand. Had my mother continued to live in Thailand, I would have grown up in Issan, which is the poorest region of Thailand, consisting mostly of rice farmers.  In Issan a family’s average household income is less then $800 US dollars per year. While the Issan is not rich in money, it is rich in it’s natural resources and beautiful people.

My family lives in a small village called Kut Kwang Soi in the Issan region. It is a very small village of about 250 people.  It is located in a rain-forest and is so remote that it isn’t marked on any of the maps of Thailand.