Single and widowed mothers often believe they have to choose between supporting their children financially and actually raising them at home. They must earn an income in order to provide food and shelter for their kids, but many have no one to care for their children while they work. Most jobs require long hours and daycare just doesn’t exist. Often toddlers and preschool children are left with siblings — which prevents the siblings from attending school — or with unfit caregivers, for lack of better options.
Even the most devoted mothers can be deceived into thinking that giving up their child to an orphanage is the most loving thing to do. Some orphanages actively recruit children, and many mothers become convinced that giving up their child is the only way to ensure that he will be well-fed, clothed and receive a good education.
We believe there has to be another way.
Loving mothers shouldn’t be forced to give up their children because of poverty. This pressing issue is why we opened our Early Childhood Development Center in April 2016. It is a nurturing, safe learning environment where preschool-aged children are loved and cared for while their mothers earn income during the day. The children learn and play all day, and return home each night to reap the benefits of growing within their own family.
Our center is unique in this community as it actively engages kids in activities throughout the day. Children develop their creative and cognitive abilities while gaining an understanding of basic literacy, mathematics and science through play. Staff teach in Burmese, Thai and English, which serves to develop the children’s understanding of the three main languages spoken in the area.