Soumalee Mot was sponsored through Children of the Mekong. At 25, she is now an English teacher. Now people call her Kru Mot in Thai, which […]
- 91 sponsorship programmes
- 2,300 sponsored children
- 8 overseas volunteers
Thailand is one of the most developed countries in Southeast Asia. However, several ethnic minorities (Karen, Lahu, Lawa, Hmong), as well as several rural regions (Isan), suffer from a lack of education and integration into Thai society.
- 68.2 million inhabitants of which 47% of the population resides in rural areas
- Official Language: Thai
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Main Religion: 95% Buddhist
CHILDREN OF THE MEKONG’S ACTIVITY IN THAILAND IS MAINLY DIRECTED TOWARDS:
- The support of children’s education for mountain-dwelling minority communities by the means of schools in the mountains followed by creating centres close to colleges and high schools in the somewhat larger towns.
- The support of very poor families, economically and socially, mainly in Isan. The sponsorship supports the families economically and lets the sponsored children pursue their school curriculum in public schools (transportation, school supplies…).
Ad hoc projects (construction and renovation of centres) allow the improvement of the environment, living conditions and studies of the sponsored children.
Children of the Mekong also supports vulnerable population groups in the slums, and refugee camps or even migrants in an unlawful situation.
Children of the Mekong begins its work in Thailand with the opening of refugee camps for Laotians, Cambodians, and Vietnamese.
Soon after, it continued in Isan, the poorest region in the East, and the slums of Bangkok. Children of the Mekong is next called on to support the education of children of ethnic minority communities in the remote mountains near the Myanmar border.
Following the devastating tsunami of December 2004, Children of the Mekong starts sponsorship programmes in the South of the country.