After my mom passed away, many things have changed; not only my brother quit school and started working but also was I sent to a boarding house. I plan to take a matriculation exam in Burma because even though we graduate from the migrant learning centre, our certificate is not recognised. In the future, I want to get engaged in a health field, becoming a doctor or a nurse so that I can help people with illnesses.
My name is Moe, I live in New Blood boarding house and study at New Blood Migrant Learning Centre (MLC). I am originally from Hpa An, Karen state in Burma, born in and I December 2001. I have one older brother. My parents decided to move to Thailand 12 years ago with us in search of a better job opportunity. I was about 4 or 5 years old.
Currently, it is only me who goes to school as my brother quit school when he was in grade 9. When I was in grade 6 my mother passed away. After her death, many things have changed; not only my brother quit school and started working but also was I sent to a boarding house. The reason my father sent me to the boarding house is that he works in the construction industry and he mainly works the night shift. My brother was also working during the night so my father consistently worried about my security, being at home alone during the night.
I have been living in the New Blood boarding house for 5 years. I have made many friends here who have different backgrounds: Karen, Arakanese, Burmese, Pa Oo etc. I have learned the diversity naturally by living with peers in different ethnicity or background. I feel very safe in the boarding house because I am always surrounded by my friends and boarding house staff who protect us. In the boarding, we are assigned duties like cooking and cleaning in a group.
I am currently in grade 10. I especially like English. I plan to take a matriculation exam in Burma because even though we graduate from the MLC, our certificate is not recognised. In other words, even if I want to pursue further study after graduation, I have no chance to study at university. That is why I want to have an accredited Burma standard certificate by taking the matriculation exam so that I would be able to get an opportunity to go to university in Burma. Even if I work in Thailand, I can apply and study through online distance education. English is also one of the subjects.
The most important thing in my life is education. I strongly believe that education is the source of wisdom. Education is like a friend, which supports you to go through difficulties.
In the future, I want to get engaged in a health field, becoming a doctor or a nurse. I want to help people with illnesses.
Dry Food Programme
Dry food programme is important for me to access to education and protection. I cannot imagine how my life would have been without living in the boarding house and attending classes. I might have been working somewhere. With your generous contribution, children in need, including me have access to education and protection.
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Poor economic conditions and the lack of educational facilities are forcing students to leave their hometowns in Burma, and seek education and protection along the Thai-Burma border. Boarding houses ensure children access to education and protection. The Dry Food Programme provides food rations to 1,952 children and staff at 23 boarding houses in migrant communities (Thailand) and 15 boarding houses in IDP areas (Burma) managed by the Karen Women Organisation (KWO). The programme provides boarding house children with basic food provisions every month. Children living in the boarding house are protected from child labour and trafficking.
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 Hpa-An is the capital of Karen State, Burma/Myanmar. The population of Hpa-An as of the 2014 census is 421,575. Most of the people in Hpa-An are of the Karen ethnic group [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hpa-An]
 Karen State is a state of Burma. It is bordered by Thailand to the east. Majority of refugees and migrants along the Thai-Burma border are from Karen State.