My parents were quarrelling frequently. I don’t really know which reason they argued for. I was always confused and stressed to see my parents did not get along well. Luckily, in early 2017, my parents sent me to Mae Sot, Thailand in order for me to be able to continue studying. Education is my fundamental need. What encourages me the most to go to school is that I know without education life is so hard.
My name is Bar Soe Gay. I live in Children’s Development Centre (CDC) boarding house and study at CDC school at grade 8. I was born in 2002 in Pa Doh village, Bago Division, Burma/Myanmar under farmer parents. I am the only son.
My parents were quarrelling frequently. I don’t really know which reason they argued for. I was always confused and stressed to see my parents did not get along well. I had to stop studying after grade 7 because my parents had financial difficulties and did not want to send me to the school anymore. Instead of the education, they wanted me to go to the field to farm with them. In my village, the education is hard to access without money. Nevertheless, I continuously asked my parents to send me to school. But they could not afford.
Luckily, in early 2017, my parents sent me to Mae Sot, Thailand in order for me to be able to continue studying because my mom heard that children of her friend have been studying in Mae Sot with the minimum cost that is affordable. I like living in the boarding house because I can keep studying here. Whenever I have difficulties in my study, my friends in the boarding house help me to understand. I have no problem to follow my daily school lesson.
I usually wake up early at around 5:00 am. I review my previous day lesson. After the study, I exercise. We usually have breakfast at 7:00 am in the boarding house and then go to school by the school bus. School hours are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. After school, the school bus sends us back to the boarding house and we play football in the field. Dinner time is at 6:00 pm. From 7:00 – 11:00 pm I usually review and preview my school lessons. I go to bed at 11:00 pm.
Education is my fundamental need. My favorite subjects at school are English and Thai. What encourages me the most to go to school is firstly I know without education life is so hard, and secondly, I don’t want to work hard under the sun. The good thing about living in the boarding house is that I don’t have to feel any stress unlike living with my parents. I’d like to become a doctor because I want to help others and cure people who are facing health problem.
The Dry Food Program is very important for me because I can concentrate on study without worrying about the money for food. I’d like to thank donors for their generous contribution and support for children like me.
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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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