2010 Year in Review
Gearing up to finish the 2010 Annual Report, its time to share our accomplishments over the past year.
From January to December 2010, Room to Grow provided assistance to just over 2,000 children through support to over 15 programs in Umphium, Mae Sot, Mae Ramat, Pho Phra, Mae Ramat and Mae La.
During the year, we distributed a total of:
- 26,102.5 kg of rice
- 804kg yellow lentils
- 489 blankets
- 18,324 candles
In addition, we distributed mats and mosquito nets to two schools, participated in construction or renovation at seven programs and sent 13 Burmese orphans to Thai schools.
Student numbers increased dramatically all along the border in May and June this year, largely as a result of uncertainty with the DKBA/SPDC relationship inside Karen State. The uncertainty became outright fighting in November, which resulted in thousands of refugees crossing into Thailand and being sent back to Burma. R2G provided emergency assistance to just over 100 people during that period.
Camp programs this year suffered ration cuts throughout the year. Programs were notified in December that R2G will cease funding programs in camp in April 2011. Programs in the migrant community suffered cuts in the dry food provided by Mae Tao Clinic.
Myat Nobel Than joined the Room to Grow staff in May this year when R2G moved into its first official office. The office is located in the World Education staff house, along with the Star Flower Center. The office is fully operational with computers and furniture and internet.
The Forgotten Birthdays Party was held for the second time in October and the number of students participating doubled. We gave out gifts and individual cakes to 100 children without birthdays and spent a day celebrating their lives through songs and games and dancing.
The Board of Directors met for its annual meeting in August. It considered and accepted the resignation of Director Graham Jones from the position of Treasurer. Director Sandra Jones volunteered with R2G in Thailand for six weeks and has increased her direct involvement since her return to Canada. At the end of December the position of Treasurer remained vacant and we will be recruiting in 2011.
Room to Grow began work with two new partners in 2010: Khom Loy Development Foundation for agriculture projects and Thai Children’s Trust for school support projects. Working together, R2G has been able to provide services to an increasing number of children in the migrant community around Mae Sot.
The year 2011 is already upon us, and quickly moving forward. There are changes in the works for R2G this year: new staff, new programs, new stories and new adventures but a lot of the same things like more rice and more yellow beans, more playing and more dancing. We look forward to sharing the year with you as it unfolds.