What I See
I stood at the border last week and watched tens of thousands of migrant workers return to Burma from Thailand after losing their jobs in the coronavirus shutdown. Shops, food stalls and markets in Thailand have closed. The Thai government has declared a state of emergency.
These migrant workers don’t have savings–they live day-to-day on their minimum wages. The people who can still work in factories are staying in Thailand. But those who can’t, have to go back.
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What I’m Proud Of
Our school is now closed, so we transformed our vocational training classroom of sewing machines into a mask-making workshop run by volunteers. Two short weeks later, we are making four things: face masks, hand sanitizer, soap, and printed materials in local languages to raise awareness of the virus.
The market prices of these goods are rising—they are totally unaffordable to migrant workers. We are already in the process of producing our goal of 10,000 masks at BEAM.
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A Direct Grant
A direct grant allows us to respond in the moment and do what is most needed. Just a month ago, we had no idea we would be facing this crisis or making soap in our classrooms!
But thanks to a direct grant, we got the materials we needed to respond immediately to what was happening around us. Any donation or grant helps us respond in the moment to what is needed most.