New Day School was established in 2006 by members of the Burmese migrant community in Mae Sot. Many community members are not able to get stable employment and instead raise money by collecting plastic for recycling, seeking daily labour jobs or by working in domestic employment positions. Without access to education, their children are at risk of entering the drug trade, or making their living otherwise off the streets. New Day School provides 250 children from Burmese, Mon, Arakan and Karen ethnic groups with a safe environment and the education they need to become productive members of society.
The school has a strong team of ten qualified teachers who provide instruction in the children’s mother tongue. The school has strong community support and receives daily lunches from an international organization, Help Without Frontiers. In 2010-11, Room to Grow provided funds to construct a new nursery building for New Day School, giving the youngest children somewhere safe to play and learn.