Appeal - Child Protection Training Program
Children deserve to be safe.  Sadly there are people who would exploit a child.  Pedophiles and human traffickers exist among us.  Migrant children are at high risk.  We can do something to help.
Mae Tao Clinic has a very comprehensive Child Protection approach.  Part of this is their Child Program Training Program.  We need your help to fund this critical program.  I know that some of you will help without a moment’s hesitation and some will want more information before deciding.  To that end more details on the program are below.   Also I’m delighted to answer any questions you may have.  Just contact me at +66 89-556-4293 or at      There are three ways you may contribute:
          1. If you are in Chiang Mai you can contact me and hand me the cash.  A receipt will be given.
2. You can make a bank transfer to the account we have set up.  Here money will be collected and then transferred to Mae Tao Clinic from the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club. 
BANK:   BANK OF BANGKOK,  Kad Suan Kaew  branch
ROUTING NO:  026-008-691 (For USA)
ACCOUNT NUMBER:  531-0-82675-4
  1. You can donate through the crowd funding account I have set up.
Please note that 100% of your contribution will go to the Child Protection Training Program.  All bank charges, service fees and so forth will be paid for by me as part of my attempt to help this program.
The Mae Tao Clinic Child Protection Program began as an ad hoc program responding to the needs of displaced and migrant children as they arose, but has developed into a comprehensive program to respond to the needs of children.  MTC provides education to approximately 892 children and youth at the Child Development Centre (CDC), and provides shelter and food for approximately 277 students in CDC and BCH Boarding Houses.  MTC also supports approximately 2,500 children to access education through the Dry Food Program to children in boarding houses, meeting basic needs that allows them to attend local Migrant Learning Centres. MTC also provides a Day care service, psychosocial support to up to 30 children of patients and child patients each day through the Child Recreation Centre (CRC) and provides support to access Birth Registration for more than 3,000 babies that are born at MTC each year. 
Recently the Mae Tao Clinic Child Protection Program implemented a child protection policy and this implementation has trained over 250 staff at Mae Tao Clinic, 27 students to provide peer to peer training, over 150 students have been trained in child protection rights and responsibilities and 70 boarding house staff and teachers have received 2 day child protection training. This training has resulted in an increase in the number of reported cases of child protection concerns and feedback from children and students has been encouraging.
The proposed project would aim to continue to roll out this training to new areas in the Mae Sot region that haven’t had the opportunity to receive training yet. It will also include the provision of training to Mae Tao clinic staff and teachers supported by the clinic who also have not yet had training on Child Protection. This will embed child protection principles in all the areas that the clinic supports and ensure that all staff and associates of the clinic understand basic child protection principles and are able to act appropriately to protect children who have been harmed or are at risk of harm.
The training will be provided both at the clinic and out in the community. We will primarily target schools and boarding houses in the community. This program will significantly expand the reach of our previous training as we will be able to provide training to the broader community who generally have less access to child protection activities. 155 children who will receive the peer to peer training are based on the outskirts of Mae Sot or its surrounding villages and the goal is to provide the peer to peer training so that these students can then share the knowledge about child protection with other children living in the village. We have recently received feedback about this peer to peer training that we trialed early 2015 at CDC school and we are pleased to report that children who have not received any formal child protection training are being provided with information about child rights and responsibilities from the children who have been trained in the peer to peer group. This highlights the value of this program as well as the sustainability of the training as a means to providing effective child protection mainstreaming for areas that may be traditionally difficult to access.
There will be 255 children who are direct beneficiaries of the training and 270 adults who will directly participate in the program. However the number of indirect beneficiaries is difficult to calculate as the peer to peer training has successfully shown that once children have been trained to deliver child protection training they are fantastic advocates for their own rights. This type of training also helps to shift cultural expectations and resistance to child protection principles as the primary recipients of the information are children themselves. It is hoped that a project such as this can shift a generation of children and help them to believe in their own rights and responsibilities and carry this knowledge and beliefs into the future for their own children.
Background and supporting documentation for the Child Protection Training Program can be found at   Also I’m delighted to answer any questions you may have including detailed budget information and tentative schedules..  Just contact me at +66 89-556-4293 or at    
An Awesome Experience at American Pacific International School Chiang Mai
They set the intention, they planned the steps, they carried out the work, and the rewards were amazing.  I’m humbled to have been a small part of this story.   Let’s start from the very beginning.
A few months ago, Rotarian Cindy Johnson introduced me to a charming young teacher named Mrs. Loren.  Mrs. Loren, who teaches a class of middle school children at American Pacific International School (APIS), had developed a program designed to teach the children social responsibility through community service.   Having learned about my work with the Mae Tao Clinic, she asked me if I’d be willing to come to APIS and talk to their seventh and eighth graders about the clinic and the situation along the Thai / Burma border.   I was delighted to accept but also a bit intimidated, because middle school children, at least in the United States, can be very challenging.
As it turns out, the students are amazing young people.  At first they were a bit shy, even reserved.  However, as the short time allotted went by, they relaxed and allowed their inquisitive selves to engage in conversation and even a bit of banter.  The students surprised me by bringing a list of prepared questions.  These seventh and eighth graders wanted to know all about what life is like for children on the border.   An hour and a half of questions and answers went by all too quickly, and I left feeling like I’d made some small contribution, which I didn’t realize until later was an understatement.
After the class, Mrs. Loren and Ms. Jen (APIS English Language Acquistion teacher) shared with me their surprise at how I had managed to keep the interest of all the students, especially two who apparently are well known for their inattentiveness.   It wasn’t me, it wasn’t my presentation skill, and it certainly wasn’t charisma.   Clearly it was the material.  I was talking about the Mae Tao Clinic, and my love for the people and the mission shone through!    I went home feeling like I’d had a great day, but once again, I underestimated the effect.
It wasn’t until a few days later, when I learned that the children had requested to start a fundraiser for the Mae Tao Clinic, that I truly understood the impact my talk had on them.  They worked diligently and carried out a variety of responsibilities: they hosted a movie night, they sold snacks and drinks during their break time, they made posters to promote the event, they collected donated items from all the grades, and they  sold “Hope Bands,” colorful band-aids which contained written message of hope.  At the same time,  Mrs. Muyasar, the school’s art teacher, helped the children create a beautiful 3 panel painting called the “The Tree of Hope.”  All the students contributed to this communal work of art by individually designing a paper circle with a message of hope and gluing it to the tree.  All this and more they presented to Chiang Mai International Rotary on 17 May.  The money they raised was a very significant 15,000 baht, which has already been donated to the Child Protection Training Program.   The “Tree of Life” will be presented to the Child Protection Department at Mae Tao Clinic. 
                                               CMIRC Members with the "Tree of Hope" Panel
Mae Tao Summary
At its humble beginning back in the 1980’s The Mae Tao Clinic was a very simple, one room building with only a rice cooker to sterilize instruments.  Today Mae Tao Clinic provides health care to over 150,000 displaced people per year. 
Did you know that the Mae Tao clinic provides free medical service to Burmese immigrants and displaced persons along the Thai / Myanmar border in Tak province?  They see between 300 and 400 patients a day, six days a week!  Many travel great distances to be seen at the Mae Tao Clinic, where they can receive quality medical care in a safe environment.  
Did you know that many big donors have re-directed their giving to within Myanmar, leaving Dr. Cynthia Maung and her team with horrendous funding shortfalls?    While there has been some progress in Burma, many citizens are still ostracized by the government.  They continue to come to Mae Tao Clinic because other options are not yet available.  The most optimistic predictions indicate that the Mae Tao Clinic will be an absolute necessity for at least the next five years.  Most feel the clinic will be needed for at least the next 10 years. 
Mae Tao Clinic has expanded its scope of service to three main areas:   Health Services, Training and Child Protection   Please refer to  The things they are accomplishing is truly amazing!
From the CMIRC’s inception, we have continually tried to support the Mae Tao Clinic  We realize that as a small club we can’t possibly do all that’s needed.  That said, there is much we have done, are doing and will do in the future.  We actively seek other Rotary Clubs to help Mae Tao Clinic.  Mae Tao Clinic touches on all six areas of Focus.
Peace and Conflict/Resolution:   Their work with indigenous hill tribe and other ethnic minorities makes a difference in conflict resolution within Myanmar and along the border in Thailand.  The medical training and health programs inside Burma also help to reduce tensions.  Mae Tao Clinic’s birth registration program allows babies the opportunity to flourish by giving them the beginnings of opportunities to be educated and work in Thailand, Myanmar.
Disease Prevention and Treatment:  This is Mae Tao Clinic’s original and still primary area of focus.  They have programs for the prevention and treatment of denge fever, malaria and much more. 
Water and Sanitation:   As their community based training and treatment expands Mae Tao Clinic must deal with water and sanitation issues in poor villages and schools on both sides of the Thai / Burma border.
Maternal and Child Health:  This is one of the largest areas of focus for the Mae Tao Clinic.  The new born babies at Mae Tao Clinic have a much lower morbidity rate than babies born in Burma.
Basic Education and Literacy:   Mae Tao Clinic focuses on the child.  Their Child Development Center can take as many as 1,000 migrant children.
Economic and Community Development:  Mae Tao trains medics to work in Myanmar.  This project touches lives of people who otherwise might not have any opportunity to make meaningful contributions to their society.  The Mae Tao Clinic Training Program alone touches all six areas of focus.  
What follows below are a few paragraphs describing CMIRC’s involvement with the Mae Tao Clinic
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club:
Introduce Members and Guests: Because the Mae Tao Clinic is located in Mae Sot, some 360 kilometers from Chiang Mai, it is not practical to have daily contact.  However, several trips have been organized for the purpose of introducing our members and friends to The Mae Tao Clinic.  The more people who are aware the more support we can garner.  One example is an American Couple Tom and Alene Tunny who are working with their local Lions club to provide support of Mae Tao Clinic’s Eye Clinic.  Another fine example is Rotarian Neal Herman of the Estes Sunrise Rotary Club.  The orientation trips will continue.
   CMIRC Members and Guests Visit The Clinic
New Campus Waste Water Management System.  CMIRC raised 186,000 baht to help fund the waste water management system for the Mae Tao Clinic’s new campus.   The money was transferred to them on 24 February 2016
Mae Tao Clinic’s Burma Flood Relief Project  Horrendous flooding occurred in many parts of Burma in 2015.  CMIRC donated 26,400 baht to Mae Tao for their flood relief project.  We knew the money would go to help the flood victims.
Boys Dorm:  On the 28th of February, 2015 in Mae Sot Thailand a sugar cane farmer burned a field. It was a windy day and the result was the loss of 2 buildings that were home to 62 boys and 2 teachers from Mae Tao Clinic’s Child Development Center. An emergency fundraising effort spearheaded by a member of Chiang Mai International Rotary Club raised 134,300 baht which was donated to Mae Tao Clinic on 10 March. 
  The boys lost everything that was in the dorm, papers, study papers, clothing, everything! 
Child Recreation Center:  As a follow on to the fund raiser for the Boy’s Dorm another 10,000 baht was collected and transferred to Mae Tao Clinic.  Largely because of a an emergency grant The Rotary One, Hong Kong the new Boy’s Dorm was fully funded.   Therefore, we were able to earmark this 10,000 baht for the Child Recreation Center at the new clinic. Money was transferred on 19 May 2015.
Dr Cynthia’s talk in Chiang Mai:  On 27 January 2015, CMIRC hosted a public meeting at the Le Meredian, Chiang Mai where Dr. Cynthia Maung, founder of the Mae Tao clinic was our honored guest speaker.  The event was attended by well over a hundred people and raised 104,600 baht
Surgical Equipment:  In September 2014, CMIRC teamed with the Chiang Mai Expat club to provide some 60,000 baht worth of badly needed surgical equipment to the Mae Tao clinic.  The club recently received a second list of needed equipment; we are looking at ways to provide these items.
A Compassionate Connection:  A gentleman by the name of Bill Feetham passed away in Chiang Mai.  His widow Fran Decoster contacted Roger Lindley, our Charter President.  She had several pieces of expensive hospital equipment including a hospital bed, a machine that generates oxygen, an aspirator and much more.  She wanted to donate this equipment to the Mae Tao Clinic. 
A couple of days later, on Friday 21 March 2014, Rotarian Joe Evans and I picked up the equipment and the next morning we delivered it to Mae Tao clinic where it was put to good use.  This was an opportunity to be of service by provided by a compassionate connection.  CMIRC was able to facilitate community needs and strengthen the bond between Mae Tao Clinic and CMIRC, Bill Feetham has a bit of his legacy at work helping the people who need the equipment. 
Going Forward:
Child Protection Training Program;   As of this writing we are in the process of doing a fund raising project to fund the Mae Tao Clinic Child Protection Training Initiative.   The goal is 159,700 THB.   With your help we can make it happen.  There are three easy ways to donate:
  1. If in Chiang Mai, just hand Jerry Nelson a check or cash.  Contact me at or +66 89-556-4293 for more for details.
  2. Make a electronic transfer to the Bank Account we have set up for this purpose:

BANK:   BANK OF BANGKOK,  Kad Suan Kaew  branch


ROUTING NO:  026-008-691 (For USA)


ACCOUNT NUMBER:  531-0-82675-4

(Please send me an email so I can thank you and keep the books strait)


Last Updated:  4 June 2016
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