Child's Dream

Child’s Dream is a charitable, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering marginalised children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region, which includes Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. We achieve this by working in partnership with communities to improve the educational and health situation for their children and youth.  Our highly motivated staff in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia goes the extra mile to identify the most needy communities and beneficiaries. Our down-to-earth, bottom-up approach allows us to implement, evaluate and monitor our projects to address health and educational needs in the most efficient and effective way.

Our activities range from health interventions for children to reduce child mortality, construction of educational facilities to provide universal basic education, youth employment centers to high school and university scholarships. Child’s Dream was established in 2003 as a charitable organisation dedicated to unconditional help for underprivileged children in the 'Mekong Sub-Region'. This region is at the core of many humanitarian crises and children are suffering the most. We focus on extremely remote and neglected areas in this region.

Our mission is to empower marginalised communities to shape their own future. We achieve this by working with communities to improve health care and education for children and provide socioeconomic opportunities for families. We are working towards the second and fourth UN Millennium Development Goal which are universal primary education and reduction of child mortality respectively. We focus on education because it is proven to be one of the most important factors for sustained social and economic development. Education also promotes a culture of peace, tolerance and understanding and builds the foundation of diversity, human rights and freedom.

Children and youth can only truly benefit from education if it is offered in its entirety, ranging from nursery school all the way to either vocational training or university programmes coupled with internships. The objective of this complete educational path is to allow the beneficiaries to gradually acquire the knowledge and skills that would enable them to make the right decisions for their lives, to find employment and to set the foundations for a self-determined life. We also encourage them to contribute directly or indirectly back to their origins and help us to sustainably develop their communities.

One of the most important reasons why children and youth in the Mekong Sub-Region cannot complete their education is feeble health. In certain geographical areas of our mandate we therefore have to start on basic health interventions to reduce childhood mortality and to allow children to participate in education. 

PROJECTS:

  • Health: Our focus group ‘Health’ addresses various health and hygiene problems to reduce childhood mortality and allow the children to participate in education. Our health programmes range from malaria control to basic health intervention such as immunisation, deworming and the provision of Vitamin A. Our Children’s Medical Fund provides life saving operations to hundreds of sick children who are unable to afford treatment.
  • Basic education: Our focus group ‘Basic Education’ (BE) represents the core competence of our organisation. This group builds educational facilities such as schools and boarding houses to offer basic education to all children. We also improve our basic education projects with drinking water systems, playgrounds and organise extracurricular activities. In addition, we run a high school scholarship programme for underprivileged youth.
  • Higher education: Our focus group ‘Higher Education’ (HE) creates opportunities for employment and income generation, knowledge and skills transfer as well as community capacity building. This group runs a university scholarship programme for young adults and employment centres, provides vocational training and holds a number of higher education programmes in refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese border.
  • Children's Medical Fund: Since the beginning, we have had countless requests to support children, who urgently need treatment to live. In most cases, the child's family cannot afford a required life-saving operation. Unlike Thai citizens, migrant workers (many of whom are considered illegal) and their children cannot benefit from the Thai health-care system, which treats citizens at almost no cost.
  • Karen State Education Assistance Group (KSEAG): formed in 2005, Karen State Education Assistance Group (KSEAG) is a working group with members from Karen Teachers Working Group (KTWG), Karen Education Department (KED) and various partner organisations. KSEAG aims to ensure that educational assistance is distributed systematically and equally across all Karen State schools. We support KSEAG by providing teaching materials such as chalk, pens, staplers and paper for teachers and learning materials such as notebooks, pens and erasers for students in 1,110 schools.
  • Network for Environment and Economic Development (NEED): A non-profit organisation, NEED was established in 2006 by Khaing Dhu Wan, who has more than fifteen years of experience in sustainable agriculture. NEED trains youths from Myanmar, who mostly belong to ethnic minority groups, on organic farming methods. These youths will then return to their communities to develop their agriculture after the training.  With the setup of the Model Farm Initiative (MFI) school, a training centre with boarding facilities became urgently needed, as most students are from Myanmar and needed lodging. In 2008 we supported the construction of the classrooms, office, and boarding facilities.

 

For more info please visit: http://www.childsdream.org

Facts and figures: http://childsdream.org/about-us/childsdreaminnumbers/

 

 

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