The Thai-Burma border is a “melting pot” of humanity - a refuge to many of our world’s poorest families. People who have fled to the relative safety of Thailand from the gross human rights abuse and continual violent and social oppression they faced within Burma.
Every day people flee from Burma into Thailand. From time to time an escalation in the ethnic violence in Burma causes thousands to flee across the border.
Life on the border is little more than an existence. Here they are either confined in refugee camps, or live to be exploited in local “sweat shops”, ever aware that if caught they face deportation back to Burma.
Effective Aid International is always ready to meet the emergency and on-going needs of these people.
When there is a mass exodus into Thailand, we collaborate with other organisations to provide emergency food, clothing, shelter and clean water.
These compassionate people provide counsel, practical aid and necessary assistance to the poor. A particular focus is on the widows, orphans, elderly and disabled.
A typical day for our Social Workers may see some building a house for an old couple with no extended family to help them, while others provide trauma counselling to a widow who suffered the horror of seeing her husband killed in Burma. A group of ladies may be cooking for the new mothers in a refugee camp to provide nutritious food for the first few days after giving birth, while a group of men deliver clothing and blankets to families with few possessions. The needs of the poor on the Thai-Burma border are constant. Our workers never tire in their task of improving the quality of life for these deperate people.
Our Social Workers participate in regular in-service training and development and are provided with a discretionary fund so they are always able to meet the needs they encounter as they move around the poor and hopeless in the border community.