Mae La Refugee Camp was established in 1984 and housed an initial refugee population of 1,100 people. In 1995, when Thailand closed camps further north, the population, which had been growing, jumped significantly. The population continues to climb and is currently around 40,000 people, making it the largest of the nine official refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border.
According to a survey performed in May 2010 by the Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees (COERR) , there are currently 1,814 separated children in Mae La refugee camp, including 879 children who live in boarding houses and dormitories. As the largest camp on the border, it is home to the most number of schools and educational opportunities. To learn more about Mae La, please visit the TBBC website.