Daily Meals for Burmese Refugee Children
From IDP to Innovator
Mae Tao Clinic is a perfect example of an integrated GreaterGood partner serving the health, hunger and education needs of Burmese Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s) in the northwestern border town of Mae Sot, Thailand. IDP’s are people forced to flee their home but remain in surrounding country borders. Often referred to as refugees, they do not fall within the legal definition of a refugee and therefore receive even less assistance than refugees do.
Mae Sot, as pictured above, is a sanctuary for many Burmese refugees in their flight from the upheaval of civil war in their country. Tens of thousands of Karen and other Burmese minorities subsist on the fringes of the Thai economy and await a brighter future.
It is here in Mae Sot—as the bitter war continues across the border—that Dr. Cynthia Maung, a Burmese IDP herself, became a doctor and started Mae Tao Clinic 23 years ago.
Not only does the clinic serve 75,000 Burmese refugees annually,
they also provide two meals a day to 2,288 children in 26 boarding schools.
This last year, GreaterGood helped provide 328,953 meals to Burmese children.
According to a recent report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an estimated 200,000 migrant children under the age of 17 are in Thailand – of which less than 1/3 have access to education. One focus of Mae Tao Clinic’s program is to provide access to education, daily meals, and a safe place to stay through boarding schools to as many children living on the border as possible.
Last March we traveled to Mae Sot to meet some of the students to which your donations provided meals.
Here is a short clip of a song they sang for us while we were there.
CLICK HERE to support students like these to receive nourishing daily meals at school!
by brittany, August 14, 2017