Chai is from Karen State, Burma/Myanmar, has one brother who was born with the mental problem. Due to the armed conflict between the ethnic armed group and Burma army in his residential area, his family reluctantly moved to Thailand years ago. His parents left him with his grandfather and went to Bangkok to work. Since then Chai never heard anything from his parents. His grandfather ended up sending him to the boarding house for his better future life.
Chai is a 12-year-old boy living in Hway Nam Nak boarding house which is assisted by dry food program through Mae Tao Clinic. He is attending grade 6 at Thai School. He is originally from Karen State and has one brother who was born with the mental problem. Due to the armed conflict between the ethnic armed group and Burma army in his residential area, his family moved to Thailand years ago. His parents left him with his grandfather and went to Bangkok to work. Since his parents left him to his grandfather, they never have contacted him. He stayed with his grandfather for several years who supported his study. In early 2015, however, his grandfather re-married and since the marriage, it became difficult for his grandfather to have him stay with his new family. Therefore, his grandfather sent him to the boarding house for his better future life.
Life in Boarding House
“I like to stay in the boarding house because I have a lot of friends and staffs are very kind. I can also go to school here. I have learned how to build teamwork and have been able to gain self-confidence while living in the boarding house. At boarding house, each small group is asked to take a responsibility: clean-up, cooking, filling the drink-water etc. When my duty time with our own group we work together; clean our room and boarding house. This is not a heavy duty for me, and it is the best thing I could do in the boarding house. Boarding house provides us with the meal twice a day during weekdays and three times a day during the weekends. During the weekdays, I have lunch at school because my school provides lunch. I go to school by foot because my school is not really far from my boarding house.”
My School Life
“I love going to school because I have good teachers. At school, we are not only focusing on textbooks but also have physical activities once a week. We can play football, volleyball, dancing, and others during the activity which makes me so happy to go to school. My favorite subject in school is English because I want to be good at speaking English. My dream is to be a teacher because I want to share my knowledge with students.”
Dry Food Program
“Dry Food is very important for me in order to be able to go to school. Without food, I might not be healthy enough and would not be able to concentrate on my study. I cannot imagine what would happen to me if the dry food program did not exist anymore. So, I would like to request people who care for children like me to continue supporting us. We need your helping hands and support. Also, I would like to say ‘thank you so much’ to donors who support vulnerable children, like me, to have access to the fundamental right to education and protection. Your help has become a part of our life. ”
(We conduct interviews with our students in accordance with the MTC Child Protection Policy. Interviews are conducted by our responsible Child Protection staff who are trained.)
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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