Poor living conditions and violence in their homelands have resulted in an increase in refugees into Thailand from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and other countries in the Middle East. Your gift enables Father Thomas Dunleavy, M.M., and others to take care of their physical needs by providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and education to families.
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Through the generosity of our benefactors, Father Joe Thaler, M.M., continues to rebuild the multiple programs that aim at providing health care and education for the workers employed by the brick factories as well as taking care of people residing in remote villages. In addition, the Trans Himalayan Environmental Livelihood Program provided training in cultivation, briquette making, organic farming and vermicomposting. The Freed Kamaiya Upliftment Forum supports the freed kamaiya children through education promotion activities, empowers the freed kamaiya women through the training about income generation and capacity building, and sensitizes the freed kamaiya women through STI and HIV/AIDS awareness orientation activities. The Disabled Welfare Association is a 10-month sewing program for the differently abled to learn how to sew with the objective of increasing awareness about their rights and enabling them to earn for themselves and their families. With your help, Maryknoll can continue these projects in Nepal and provide a brighter future for families.
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With the next general election approaching in 2017, the program aims at preventing a repeat of the pre and post election violence that occurred in Molo, It is a small town located 200 kms from Nairobi that has been the center of ethnic clashes and was among the worst hit during the 2007/2008 post election violence. More than 400 people were killed, 250,000 displaced and 80,000 houses torched. Father Lance Nadeau, M.M., has a program that fosters interactions between these warring tribes in different activities such as sports, inter-ethnic cultural festivals and participation in anti-ethnicity workshops.
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