Project information

School lunches for migrant children

This project provides school lunches for migrant children living on Thai-Myanmar border. To get an education, children from the migrant and refugee community attend learning centres that don't receive any state funding and struggle to provide the basics; learning materials, teachers, school lunches.

1 year

Charity information: Safe Child Thailand

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  • Need


    The migrant community in Mae Sot, Thailand face issues of severe poverty, discrimination and exclusion from basic rights and opportunities.

    Many children can't attend Thai schools, so rely on migrant learning centres, which receive no funding and struggle to provide a holistic learning experience.

    Many children from the poorest communities do not have food to eat at home and rely on their school lunch as the only hot meal of the day. Children need good nutrition to focus, learn and grow.


    This project provides school lunches to Mae Sot's migrant learning centres. The schools will be able to provide a hot school lunch every day and 3 meals a day to boarding students.

    School lunches provide the nutrition and sustenance needed for children to focus on their studies and develop physically and mentally; making their educational experience more enjoyable and effective.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce malnutrition and its effects on children in the migrant community


    » To provide nutritious meals through a school lunch programme, serving migrant learning centres in Mae Sot
    » To monitor student attendance, physical development and general health so malnutrition can be identified and prevented

    Children receiving hot meals at school and a reduction in the incidence of malnutrition and related illnesses.

    Aim 2

    To increase school attendance and enhance the quality of the educational experience for children


    » To provide hot meals for pupils at migrant learning centres in Mae Sot

    More children attending school and a higher rate of completion.

    Aim 3

    To ensure that teachers are focus and motivated to provide quality education to migrant students


    » Providing hot meals for staff and teachers at migrant learning centres in Mae Sot

    Monitor the satisfaction and happiness of school staff, and the subsequent quality of their teaching and commitment to their jobs.

  • Impact


    Children with access to a high quality education and school experience will be able to reach their full potential and have access to opportunities which will better their lives in the future. These children will either return home to Myanmar and be part of the redevelopment of the country, or remain in Thailand where they will have greater access to employment and social participation with a good education.


    Many schools are at risk of closure due to a funding crisis. If schools close, merge or move this could impact the school lunch programme. However, we aim to be flexible and enroll additional schools into the the programme as and when it is needed.


    Through direct email communication and updates in our quarterly newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £69,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £36,000 School 1 School lunches for 587 children
      £10,800 School 2 School lunches for 99 children
      £9,600 School 3 School lunches for 212 children
      £8,400 School 4 School lunches for 74 children
      £4,800 School 5 School lunches for 38 children

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    General fundraising £25,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in Mae Sot, a migrant town on the Thai side of the Thai-Myanmar border. The town is in Tak province and the communities living there are some of Thailand's poorest.

    Mae Sot is home to approximately 250,000 migrants and refugees who have moved to Thailand or fled following 60 years of dictatorship under a brutal military rule in Myanmar.


    Migrant children from poor families who's only hot meal of the day is the school meal provided by this programme. The schools themselves rely on the lunch programme to feed their staff and students and to give the best possible educational experience to children in the local community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Thai Children's Trust has been working in Thailand since 1983, and specifically providing nutrition projects to the Mae Sot area since 2008. We have developed a team on the ground that distribute funds, monitor delivery of the projects and evaluate our impact.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Nono Seesar

    Project Coordinator in Mae Sot, Thailand with 5 years experience implementing programmes to help children access education.

    Charlie Drury

    Project Manager, working from London to design and implement the school lunch programme as part of TCT's larger Migrant Child Development Programme