(Thailand) Relief and Education for Burmese Refugees
The Wat Prok School was established by Maryknoll and for more than two decades, we have provided education, skills training, food, clothing and medical assistance to 52 Mon migrant boys. The boys range in age from six to 17 years old and they live at a small Mon Buddhist monastery in Bangkok.
The boys' parents are migrant workers mostly working in the fish processing plant outside of Bangkok or on the fishing boats. The Maryknoll Thailand team members work with the Informal Education Department of the Thai Government to provide basic education to the boys. This includes Mon, Thai and English language training, some basic grammar school classes and skills training for the older boys. Initial emphasis is on teaching the boys the Thai language, to make them eligible for special temporary ID cards until age 17. The younger children have the right to be in the country.
The school also provides protection against the boys being trafficked, given the extent of the problem of trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Your gift supports the needs of these displaced young men.