The Akha people are essentially refugees in any country where they live. They originated in Tibet and over many generations, have migrated to China, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. But even if they live in Thailand, they aren't given Thai citizenship. They are only given a refugee card to stay in limited areas.There are around 2 million Akhas around the world. The Akha Light Foundation is under the leadership of an Akha pastor, lovingly referred to as Akha John. The Foundation focuses on church planting among the Akha people in Thailand and surrounding countries, training church leaders through the Akha Missionary Bible Seminary, and running the House of Light. The House of Light is an orphanage for Akha children rescued from slave labor and the sex trade.