(Thailand) Relief and Education for Burmese Refugees

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For more than two decades, Wat Prok School, established by Maryknoll, has provided education and skill training to 50-60 Mon Migrant boys from Myanmar, ranging from six to 17 years old. The project also gives them clothing, food and medical assistance.

The Maryknoll Thailand team members work with the Informal Education Department of the Thai Government to provide basic education that includes Mon, Thai and English language training; some basic grammar school classes and skill training for the older boys.  Initial emphasis is on teaching the boys the Thai language, which makes them eligible for special temporary ID cards until age 17.  The younger is then recognized as having a right to be in the country.

The program 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.