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Help Nurture and Educate Young Displaced Students.
Like many Thai towns along the Thailand-Burma border, Mae Sot is a sanctuary for Burmese refugees in their flight from the upheaval of civil war in their own country. Tens of thousands of Karen and other Burmese minorities subsist on the fringes of the Thai economy and await a brighter future. For 30 years, the Mae Tao Clinic has provided life-saving care to Burma's displaced population, especially its children.
There are an estimated 300,000 Burmese migrants living in the Tak province.An additional unknown number of displaced persons are also living in Tak province, most of them without any form of legal documentation or identity papers, making them vulnerable for exploitation. The majority of these migrants are under the age of 19. Parents often send their children to Thailand in effort to further their education and avoid the risks of unsafe child labor and the growing risk of getting recruited for the drug industry or become substance abuser. Boarding houses give these children a stable environment in which to continue their education, either in Thai schools or migrant learning centers. However, there is not enough consistent donor support for the number of boarding houses, apart from Mae Tao Clinic's Dry Food Programme (DFP), which provides the children with dry food rations and hygiene supplies.
The Dry Food Program provides the primary nourishment for approximately 2,100 migrant students via rice, tin fish, oil, yellow beans, salt, and seasoning. Without these essential food donations, many boarding houses would be unable to provide for the children.
You can help this essential, shoe-string budget program continue to nurture these vulnerable children. Just $10 provides food for a student for a whole month.
Report from the Field
Mae Tao Clinic has a vision for all people from Burma to have access to quality and affordable healthcare, education and protection in respect of all human rights. MTC is a community-based organisation (CBO) that provides and advocates for an equitable and essential health system, education and protection for vulnerable and displaced people living along the Thai-Burma border and in Eastern Burma. MTC addresses the needs and human rights of these people through comprehensive programs and a collaborative approach with local, national, international and government bodies.
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