New faces at Room to Grow
As migrant and refugee children in Mae Sot start preparing to go back to school after the summer break, Room to Grow’s new programme year is also beginning – with two new additions:
First, we’re pleased to announce our latest partner, Heavenly Home, an orphanage and day-care centre for fifty young children. Room to Grow has been running weekly well-being sessions there since April, and has just received funds to start deliveries of yellow beans and eggs, thanks to ONE (Singapore). Find out more about Heavenly Home on our current projects page – click here.
Second, there are some changes to the team in Mae Sot. After exceptional work with Room to Grow over the past two years, Nobel has been promoted to Programme Manager. Congratulations! We’ve also hired a new Programme Assistant – Thae Thae Khoo – from one of the local community development schools. This is what Thae Thae says about herself:
After finishing school in Burma, I decided to move to Thailand where my mum was already living. I really wanted to stay with my family because I had been away from them for 3 years. My first experience of living in Mae Sot was at a school and boarding house. I spent a month helping my mum who was a teacher there. However, I didn’t feel safe illegally living in Mae Sot as a migrant so I moved to Umphiem refugee camp near Mae Sot. I went to the VT- Agriculture training school for a year. After that I felt very bored living without a job in the refugee camp so I started to think to do something. Since I had experience teaching and I was really interested to work in this field more, I decided to apply to work as a teacher in Good Morning School. I spent a lot of time with the children by teaching and learning their stories. A year later, I wanted to improve my skills more therefore I became a student of Institute of Academic and Practical Studies (Build Project). Through I am learning at IAPS, I have also had a great time with all my teachers and friends and I have learnt a lot of things. However, I am a person who is always looking for new experience so I have become a part of Room to Grow. I believe that children should be free from fear or any kind of oppression, able to access education freely and have the right to be secure in any situation. I want to learn a lot and be able to help children throughout my life.
With our team and partners in Mae Sot expanding, it looks like this will be a good year for Room to Grow. We hope that you’ll continue to follow our blog and share it with us!