Beneficiaries

Many children living in boarding houses along the border have one or both parents still living. There are many reasons these children are separated from their families including flight from conflict areas in Burma/Myanmar, a lack of educational opportunities in their village areas, parents who work as seasonal labourers following crop harvests from place to place who cannot provide a stable location for their children to go to school, and parents, especially single parents, who work long hours and are unable to provide supervision and safety to their children at the same time.

Family networks often provide care for orphaned children, and as a result, there are few children who have lost both parents living in the boarding houses we support. However, with migration increasing, family and social networks are increasingly unable to provide care for children, particularly vulnerable children such as those orphaned by HIV/AIDS or who have disabilities or special needs.

Children who have fled from situations of abuse and exploitation are particularly vulnerable. Those who do not speak Thai or who do not have documents allowing them to stay legally in Thailand cannot access medical, legal or social assistance from Thai service providers. At the same time, Burmese service providers struggle to provide assistance to children in crisis as they are understaffed and underfunded. Many children are forced to leave home abruptly in order to find safety, sometimes leaving without shoes or clothes. Emergency assistance to children in distress allows these children a small measure of stability during a difficult time, a clean set of clothes, a good meal and a safe place to spend the night. During a crisis, even a small amount of assistance can make an important difference.

Room to Grow works with community groups who support any child in need, with a particular focus on those children who are separated from their parents, and those who are experiencing crisis or vulnerability.


Where We Work

Umphiem Mai refugee camp
Tak Province
Thailand
Mae Sot
Tak Province
Thailand
Mae Ra Ma Luang refugee camp
Mae Hong Son Province
Thailand