Most children come to Mae Sot, Thailand after fleeing violence or poverty at the hands of the military government in neighbouring Burma. Not recognized by the Thai government, these children are at tremendous risk of being trafficked or subjected to child labour.
To provide these children with an education, a safe place and often a home, a network of about 60 migrant schools has developed. Without government funding, these schools rely on the generous donations of individuals and organizations to cover essentially all operating costs.
Imagine Thailand has been working with migrant schools since 2004. Our work focuses on providing practical assistance like water filtration systems, school sponsorships, medical supplies, health education and learning resources.
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Remember your elementary school classroom, full of posters, pictures, books, blocks and toys? And your elementary school gym equipment room with basketballs, soccer balls, hockey sticks, and gymnastic mats available to play with and exercise? There was always something to do and always a creative way to make learning easier and more fun.
In Mae Sot, most schools lack these resources. Though they may have basic curriculum, the walls are blank, the toy bins missing or empty and there are definitely no large rooms full of gym equipment. Most of the additional resources that stimulate learning simply aren’t available.
To donate to this project or find out more about Imagine Thailand, visit http://www.imaginethailand.org.
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Music by Sigur Ros (http://www.sigur-ros.co.uk/) and Dan O'Connor (http://www.danosongs.com/)