Our Programs

Child Protection Program

The more than 150 children who live in Children of the Forest child protection came to us for various reasons. Sometimes they find their way to our protection centre, sometimes our outreach workers find them. They are orphaned, abandoned, abused ...

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Free School Programme (Kelly Anusorn School)

Providing free education for highly vulnerable stateless children living in the Sangkhlaburi district of the Thai/Burmese border zone was the starting point for everything that has become Children of the Forest. 6 years on the concept of education for all ...

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Mother & Child Protection Programme

Abandoned mothers in Sangkhlaburi near the Thai/Burmese Border face huge hardship, and are particularly vulnerable. For most of these women, the father and husband, the only breadwinner, has died or abandoned the family. The right to live ...

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Medical Programme

Even if they were born and have lived in Thailand their entire life, many Karen and Mon people are not recognized as Thai citizens and are not eligible for the free or almost free medical care provided to ...

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Jungle Schools Programme

Many Karen and Mon villages on both the Thai and Burmese side of the border are also making great efforts to provide underprivileged children with an education. Committed monks, village leaders and parents have constructed bamboo classrooms, ...

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Outreach Programmes

For many migrant or stateless people in Thailand life is challenging. Amongst the needs people have are education, advocacy and health care. As is so often the case in the provision of social services, it is the most vulnerable who are least ...

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Children of the Forest is located in Sangkhlaburi, 19km from the Thai-Burma border, an area where today, stateless children face a life entrenched in poverty and danger. Since the end of World War II, the Karen and Mon people of Burma have been engaged in a vicious guerilla war to gain freedom, land and dignity. Karen and Mon women, children and entire villages have become innocent victims of the Burmese military regime. Recently, attacks on the Karen and Mon people have intensified; whole villages have been forced to flee and there are now an estimated 2,000,000 displaced Karen and Mon living along the Thai/Burma border.

The dehumanizing and dire conditions of the factory and plantation settlements that have become home for displaced Karen and Mon  have eroded traditional community strength and family unity. In these circumstances, a culture of alcohol, drug and gambling addiction and violence has taken root in the transient settlements formed. The Karen and Mon children pay the highest price, becoming extremely vulnerable as instances of abandonment, abuse, broken homes, neglect and child trafficking continue to rise.

The more than 1,000 stateless children assisted by Children of the Forest everyday, come to our programmes for a variety of reasons. Some are orphaned, others abandoned, abused or neglected and many are the victims of  an environment that traffiicks children and young women as cheap labour or much worse. By focusing on the critical issues of education, health care, and child protection we strive to provide hope and opportunity to those most in need, and create paths to stability and happiness.

Deep thanks to Children of the Forest’s friends, supporters and partners.