Social Action for Women (SAW) was established in June 2000 to support and assist women displaced from Myanmar/Burma who were in crisis situations after having fled to Mae Sot, Thailand; Since establishment, SAW has provided shelter, health care, nutrition, health education, rights awareness, counseling and vocational training for these abused, unskilled women, orphaned and vulnerable migrant children.
Thanks in part to Medical Mercy Canada, 2017 brought many positive changes to SAW. The organization now has legal status as a Foundation in Thailand which means it can control all funds donated to it in a SAW bank account. SAW has a founding board of directors which includes a Thai human rights lawyer, 2 Thai teachers who have supported SAW since 2000, and a Thai homemaker.
- 2 dormitories (1 girl’s & 1 boy’s)-50 beds in each dorm.
- 2 toilet / bath house buildings (1 girl’s & 1 boy’s).
- 1 kitchen / dining hall.
- Waste Water treatment system.
- Concrete brick wall, 2 metres high, surrounding the property.
- Concrete road down the length of the property.
1. CHILDREN’S SAFE HOUSE with 2 dormitories, supporting 91 children who are permanent residents, many since infancy. They all attend Thai schools except for the pre-school aged children.
2. CHILDREN’S CRISIS CENTRE one large, old, rented house in Mae Sot, with 74 children in residence. Six more children come from inside Burma in one month. The lands of many families were confiscated by Burmese military leaving those families homeless.
3. HEALTH CARE HOUSE with 2 small, old, homes for 18 women and 13 children (2 in Thai School, 10 at SAW school). All are permanent residents, have HIV and are receiving ARV treatment. Most of the women are involved in Income Generating Programs (sewing, crafts, etc.).
4. ADMINISTRATION OFFICE
SAW needs your support
- Will save much money presently spent on rent of old facility.
- Will save money on kitchen facilities when all children use the same kitchen/dining area.
- Will provide cleaner, safer, healthier, more spacious environment for the children in which to live.
- Children from the Crisis Centre and Safe House will be all together on one site.
- All the children will be more easily monitored and managed to grow and be educated appropriately.
- Cost of new Crisis Centre dormitory, to house 50 children, on the new land owned by SAW is estimated at $50,000 CAD. The toilet / bathhouse facility cost is estimated at $12,500 CAD.