In the Mae Sot area of north west Thailand there are children who have been abandoned, orphaned, or sold to traffickers. These are the children nobody sees; nobody hears about.
Thank heavens our partner Social Action for Women (SAW) is there. Thai Children's Trust has worked with SAW since 2009, as it looks after these children in its Safe House. Now, as other sources of funding dry up, the organisation desperately needs Thai Children's Trust to step up its funding. Can you send a donation for the children that nobody else cares about?
Please send £5 per month to help us protect these children.
Hnin Hnin was abandoned by her prostitute mother and alcoholic, drug- addicted father when she was 5 months old. She is 6 now, a neat and tidy little girl, who loves to go to school.
New Lay’s parents were murdered when he was 2. A neighbour took him in until she died of cancer. The hospital sent him to SAW about a year ago. He’s a clever little chap, but still, sometimes, very afraid.
Aung Ko Min
Aung Ko Min’s mother was only 15 when she was raped by her stepfather. Rather than have an abortion, she left for Thailand and found refuge at SAW, where she left her little baby. Now 5, he’s a smart, hardworking little boy.
When Zar Zar’s parents died of AIDS, a family friend feared she would fall prey to traffickers, and had her sent to SAW. Aged 10 now, she’s doing well at school, and wants to be a teacher.
Chit Ar Po
Chit Ar Po’s mother is in prison, convicted of drug smuggling. At first she kept him with her, but 3 years ago, when he was 6, she was persuaded that the SAW Safe House offered him a better future.
May's mother worked as a prostitute before marrying her father. Seven months after May was born, relatives of her father came from Burma and persuaded him to return as they did not accept the marriage.
With no other way to provide a decent life for her daughter her mother again worked as a prostitute. She gave up May to the SAW orphanage, and is now in prison for drug possession. May could have faced a similar life, but the SAW Orphanage broke the cycle.You can help protect children like May for just £5 per month
Watch our short video to understand why you can really change their lives.
What is SAW?
SAW is Social Action for Women, a community organisation working particularly with migrant, Burmese women and children in Mae Sot, north west Thailand. They help the most vulnerable and abused people. We've worked with SAW since 2009, and have come to greatly respect what they do.
Who are these children?
The children we want to help come from impoverished backgrounds. They or their families have fled an area of Burma rife with violence, poverty, illness and abuse. All the children have been abandoned, orphaned or sold into trafficking. They are all under 14 years old.
Why do they need us?
These children have absolutely nowhere else to go. Things may be improving slightly in Burma. However, even if the child soldiering, trafficking, endemic illness, human rights abuses and poverty were to end tomorrow it would make no difference to the children in the SAW Safe House. They have nobody and nothing to return to.
Where do they live?
There are two parts to the orphanage: SAW Safe House, where 55 children live, and Green Hope Shelter for Trafficked Children where a further 15 are cared for. All 70 have a safe place to live, food to eat, and people who love them and care for them. They have medical care as some are disabled or have chronic health problems. They all go to school, because education is the escape route from poverty.
And without help?
We really don't know. Some of the big donor charities have taken their money inside Burma, as things seem to improve there. Once again, these kids are forgotten, overlooked, an unfashionable cause. But their needs have not diminished. That is why they need us......and you.
How much should I give?
Anything you can donate will help. We would love to receive regular donations by direct debit, as then we know we can feed these children for as long into the future as they need us. However, if you would prefer to send a single donation now, it all adds up, and your help is urgently needed.
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