Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

15087010_704939919673831_1871838468_n Looking back on 2016, we are happy to say that we focused on the basics: nutrition (rice, eggs, milk, snack, noodles, fruit), shoes, underwear, hygiene (toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary napkins) and education (school fees, school uniforms, transport to school). We also funded the improvement of bathrooms for one of the dormitories we support so that the children can now go to clean bathrooms without having to wait in line for a long time.

We had a volunteer from Canada, who did great work developing child protection material for boarding houses.

In addition, we worked in partnership with Burma Border Projects to develop and fund increased support for children and families in distress, providing support for food, clothing, shelter and transportation to those needing emergency medical, legal and pyschosocial support. With our support, Burma Border Projects also piloted a new youth mentoring program this year, building the skills and confidence of young boarding house children to face and conquer adversity.

In all, we accomplished what we set out to do in 2016: we were able to use our funds more efficiently and effectively by targeting the essentials that provide a foundation for children to thrive. We are grateful to our partners, donors and volunteers for helping us achieve this year’s goals and look forward to a wonderful year in 2017.




All they want for Christmas is…

This year, Room to Grow has been busy getting back to the basics. We are all about making sure children have the basic necessities they need to be safe, healthy and thriving. For this year’s holidays, we encourage everyone to get back to the basics: good food, good company, and lots of smiles and laughter.

Help us share the joy with children who are without families this year. We are looking for small donations to be able to provide underwear, shoes, clothes, and soap to young people in boarding houses. We’ll also be providing some dolls and books and games. And, of course, we’ll be sharing food, and having some good snacks too. Either for yourself, or in someone’s name as a gift, consider giving a donation as part of your holiday this year. If you need some ideas, here are some of the Christmas lists from Thailand:

Vitamin Boy

xmas clothes2 xmas shoes2


Two front teeth 
No, really. I want all my front teeth. And I’d also like a toothbrush and some toothpaste so I can keep my new teeth cleaner and healthier.

One year of hygiene supplies for one child costs $30.

Click here to donate.


















During the rainy season I sometimes wear clothes that haven’t dried yet, and in December it gets cold and I don’t have enough clothes to stay warm.


One full set of clothes for school costs $100.

Click here to donate.















Sometimes I go barefoot, and this year Room to Grow gave me flip flops. But I still really need school shoes as part of my school uniform.


One pair of shoes costs just $3.

Click here to donate.





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