Christian School – mission school for kids of refugees
Since 1990 thousands of Karen people have fled from Burma into neighbouring Thailand to escape the civil war. These people leave everything behind in the hope of finding safety and a means to support their families.
They enter Thailand without passports or work permits and they immediately fall to the bottom of Thai society. The children of these migrant workers suffer particularly badly because they are not allowed to attend Thai schools. Therefore, they grow up in a foreign country without being able to speak the language and unable to read or write.
The guest bedroom being used as a temporary classroom.
For the last 5 years H2O-Help to Orphans ry (Finland) have been financing a school to help 129 of these children. In February 2015 H2O built 2 classrooms for the mission school and they hope to be able to build 2 more in the near future.
The official name for the school is The Light - Asean Community Myanmar School. The City Council of Um-phang have inspected our school and given it their full approval and the Governor of Tak Province has given the school a licence to operate.
The church hall divided into two temporary classrooms.
We are the first and the only school for migrant children in the Um-phang District, no other NGO or Thai government department is helping these children. At the moment we have 4 teachers who teach the children and two staff members from the orphanage who are assistants.
We have made contact with a school inside Burma (the Sarthulay School) and they have provided us with a teaching curriculum that we use in our school. All of our children are Burmese speaking and it is our hope that one day our children and their parents will be able to return to Burma.
Children holding up their new exercise books.
Our children are taught eight subjects: Burmese, English, Mathematics, Science, Environment, Computers, History, and Sport. Examinations are set and marked by the Sarthulay school in Burma.