“Both of my parents do not have a regular income to support my 5 siblings for schooling. I was the only one that my parents sent to Thailand in order to continue studying as they are in great hopes that I can contribute to my community in the future. After finish my study, I want to go back to my village to share my knowledge with children — teaching English language and other skills I have gained here to my community is my future goal as most children in my village cannot continue their education. “
My name is Has Pay K’lay. I was born in October 1997 in one of the towns in Karen State. I have 5 siblings and am the third son. My dad is a pastor and mom is a housewife. Both of my parents do not have a regular income to support my siblings for schooling. I was the only one that my parents sent to Thailand in order to continue studying as they are in great hopes that I can contribute to my community in the future: They want me to be a leader who can lead my community to develop.
I have been living in the Children’s Development Centre boarding house and studying at CDC Migrant learning Centre for 7 years. I am in grade 12th and this is the last year at the CDC.
I am happy to live in the boarding house. I feel very safe, which is very important to me because the boarding house is enclosed with security fences and staff, who are patient and passionate, kindly supervise us in the boarding house. Additionally, I have many opportunities to make a lot of friends from different places and get to know each other. We are all like brothers although everyone’s background is quite different from one another.
I believe that I have built up various soft skills and improved myself a lot in management and leadership skill while living in the boarding house. Although we share the same spaces: accommodation; kitchen; study room; etc., I should be independent and this allows me to exercise self-discipline. We all have our own tasks at the boarding house: cooking, cleaning etc. Throughout these tasks, I have learned how to lead and cooperate with others to work more productively. I also learned from my friends and Sunday school teachers how to play guitar.
I want to be a teacher after finish school. I want to go back to my village to share my knowledge with children. Sadly, there are only a few people in my village who are educated and willing to develop the community, especially in terms of human development. Teaching English language and other skills I have gained here to my community is my goal as most children in my village cannot continue their education. Some of them, for example, finish their study in grade 7th or 8th and start working in the field as the majority of villagers are subsistence farmers.
Thanks to the Dry Food Program I am able to study at school. Without the program, I would have work for my family for survival. The Dry Food has helped me a lot to peruse my dream.
CDC boarding house is one of the boarding houses assisted dry food by Mae Tao Clinic. It is directly supervised and managed by the clinic. There are 167 students living in the CDC boarding house and attending the CDC school.
Children living in the CDC boarding houses and the Bamboo Children’s Home continue to receive support from MTC, allowing them to have a safe space to live and access education. The Dry Food Program continues to provide a safe living environment and provides basic dry food supplies to children living in 23 boarding houses including three months of emergency support across migrant and IDP areas.
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 Karen State is a state of Myanmar. It is bordered by Thailand to the east. Majority of refugees and migrants along the Thai-Burma border are from Karen State.