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A GreaterGood hunger relief grant of $75,000 recently was sent to Community Partners International for the Mae Tao Clinic programs aiding refugee children along the Thai-Burma border. This funding will be used to provide meals for the children who receive education and care through Mae Tao Clinic’s programs. In the Tak Province of Thailand, there are an estimated 17,000 Burmese children studying in migrant learning centers around Mae Sot. Nearly 3,000 receive all or most of their meals from the Mae Tao Clinic.
GreaterGood CEO Tim Kunin visited the Mae Tao Clinic in February and toured one of their schools for migrant and displaced children. “I was so impressed with the quality of the instruction, and the dedication of the staffers and students. We are honored to be able to help the Mae Tao Clinic provide three nutritious meals per day for these Burmese refugee students, both to combat hunger, and because their education will help their families escape poverty long term,” he said.
The significant number of displaced and migrant children in this area of Thailand is caused by poverty, conflict, and the current lack of educational opportunities in the ethnic Karen villages on the Burma side of the border. Children who have parents working in Thailand often cannot stay with them. Some of the migrant farms and factories require school age children to start working in exchange for permission to live with their working parents. Many parents chose to have their children attend school and live in boarding houses instead.
The $75,000 GreaterGood grant to aid their efforts was made possible by donations, clicks, and other activities on the GreaterGood websites.
People who would like to support Mae Tao Clinic’s efforts can now make a tax-deductible contribution through the latest addition to GreaterGood’s Gift That Gives More (tm) program. Donors can buy a month’s worth of meals for Burmese migrant students for only $10.