BBP has a long and proud history of protecting the most vulnerable from abuse and exploitation.
Almost half of all refugees in Mae Sot and the surrounding areas are under the age of 18, and are therefore especially vulnerable. BBP has worked to ensure that the rights of children are protected. BBP has hosted numerous trainings for educational institutions and orphanages in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure that all staff are educated about child rights and trained in how to intervene should a child’s protections be compromised.
BBP has provided financial support and mental health and psychosocial support services to women and children who have taken refuge in safe houses. Additionally, BBP has supported socio-economic initiatives that support these women to enter the labor market by selling handicrafts.
When Burma opened up and became a magnet for international investment and charity funding, many NGOs working along the Thai-Burma border chose to move their operations into Burma. As a result, communities in the Mae Sot area have been left behind. Safe houses and programs protecting women and children from violence and trafficking have been abandoned, leading refugees and migrants to resort to desperate measures to survive, and vulnerable to heinous forms of exploitation and abuse.
The devastating socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 will continue to put vulnerable populations in and around the Mae Sot region at higher risk of domestic abuse, sex trafficking, neglect, rape, and sexual assault. Due to Mae Sot’s placement at the end of a new 805-mile Trans Asia highway linking India with Thailand, and with several casinos being opened in neighbouring Myawaddy, many thousands of outsiders now pass through Mae Sot on a daily basis. This places children at increased risk of trafficking and exploitation. BBP is committed to partnering with local organizations to safeguard these children and support them to build hopeful futures.
Some of our past work includes:
Constructing and funding the first orphanage in Mae La Camp, the largest camp for Karen refugees in Thailand. In collaboration with the Karen Women’s Organization, BBP provided a stable home to over 130 children.
Establishing a Mae Sot area child protection program and funding the Overseas Irrawaddy Association, a small safe house/orphanage for victims of child abuse.
BBP also funded the construction of and staffed the first Child Recreation Center at Mae Tao Clinic, which provided a much-needed safe recreational space for the children of patients and MTC staff.
BBP helped Social Action for Women (SAW) establish Alternatives to Abandonment, a program which provided childcare in order to enable women to go out and pursue a livelihood.