Anong felt he should stop going to school and start the unrewarding, hard work of a rubber farmer, but children have a right to go to school.
Anong is of Mon Burmese ethnicity; a minority group in Thailand who are often excluded from Thai society.
Anong’s father works as a rubber farmer deep in the jungle of western Thailand, whilst his mother stays at home caring for him and his three younger brothers and sisters.
Anong’s father earns 4,000 Thai Baht (£95) a month collecting rubber sap from trees.
Collecting rubber sap is a gruelling physical job which takes all of Anong’s father’s time and energy. Although his father is doing his best, £95 a month is barely enough to feed his family, provide shelter, clothing and an education.
Out of sheer desperation, his father asked Anong to drop out of school and help him on the rubber farm. Anong has a dangerous 45 minutes’ walk to get to school, so keeping him home seemed like a better option.
Our local partners provide support to families, like Anong’s, who are on the brink of exploitation and separation.
The biggest challenge for the family is that the price of rubber has dropped in recent months which has badly affected their household income. Our partners provide necessary financial support to compensate for their loss and to ensure that they have the means to thrive.
Now, Anong’s school fees and transport are paid for, so he no longer has to walk to school and has the opportunity to become whoever he wants to be. His mother is provided with the necessary essentials, to ensure that she can make sure her children have what they need to grow and develop properly.
Anong’s mother wants all of her children to go to school and receive the best education. Her dream is to have a secure family life and for her children to be able to support themselves when they grow up.
The Family strengthening projects you support makes her dream a reality