The charitable organisation Enfants du Mékong grew from the creation of the Association des Amis du Pensionnat Saint-Joseph in Laos in 1958. Its mission is to educate and train young people in South East Asia to enable them to improve their living conditions, and it now operates in seven different countries in the region through sponsorship programmes and the development of infrastructure for education.
Quality education is the first step to eradicate poverty in developing countries. Until today South East Asian nations are still developing their economy and the level of academic establishments do not always allow the students to meet the required level expected by employers. In many situation, many children live very far away from the main cities where most schools and universities are located. Hence Enfants du Mekong has decided to start running educational centres that allow children to be fostered, taken care of, fed and helped in their studies with extra classes in this part of the globe.
2014 saw the beginning of TFWA Care’s support for Enfants du Mékong, through the construction of a boarding house for senior high school and university students at Inle Lake in a remote region of Myanmar. In the following years, our support was extended in the Philippines and Thailand.
Project in 2019
In the Tak District of North Thailand, schools are scarce and kids rarely have access to education. This year, TFWA Care will continue its partnership with Les Enfants du Mekong and aid the construction of three new kindergarten classrooms and a library in the remote village of Poblaki on the mountains of Tak. Currently, there is only one kindergarten and primary school that operates in Poblaki that was built by Father Quintard, a missionary who is committed to educate the villagers and help lift them out of poverty in this forgotten part of the nation. The primary school is in poor condition and accomodates too many students than it can handle. With the steady increase of students coming from the neighbouring villages, the school urgently requires the expansion. With the donation from TFWA Care, we can enable Les Enfants du Mekong to pursue their project and build the much needed classrooms to give more children the opportunity to receive primary education.
Project in 2018
The education system in Myanmar has suffered from major dysfunction and terrible lack of resources caused by decades of dictatorship in the nation. Outside its capital, there are hardly schools that can accommodate its youth.
Last year TFWA Care funded the enlargement of the only primary school at Sisong Village to provide up to 10th grade education. The aid helped construct three new classrooms to accommodate 8-10 grades. Sisong is a remote village located in the mountains bordering the south of Shan and Kayah State of Myanmar. In the past, the children of this remote province were only able to finish grade 7 education because of the lack of resources. Sisong is accessible only by simple trails on foot or motorbike. Because of this situation, locals are forced to stop schooling at this very early stage.
With the TFWA Care grant, Les Enfants du Mékong was able to add three classrooms and provide quality education up to grade 10 in Sisong. Every boy and girl should have the right to a quality education so that they can have more chances in life.