Mae Sot Education Project

A youth volunteer project to assist refugee and migrant children from Myanmar (Burma) living in Mae Sot, Thailand and to help Canadians better understand the plight of people displaced by repression and conflict.

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

transforms lives

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

encourages critical thinking and personal growth

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

facilitates exchange of knowledge and skills

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

makes a better world

Youth connecting with youth across borders and cultures...

creates empathy and understanding

News and Events

To our supporters and friends in Canada: The MSEP Project Committee regretfully announces that it has had to cancel its annual Thai-Burmese Dinner, scheduled for April 18th, due to the current health crisis. The loss of this fundraiser has real consequences for those we support in Mae Sot, and as we work to counter the effects of the crisis on them, we will be very grateful for the support of our community. Meanwhile, our annual raffle will go ahead. Contact Project Committee members or volunteers for tickets. The draw has been postponed until early June.

To our partners and friends in Mae Sot: The uncertain global health situation means that we cannot commit at this time (March 2020) to sending any young Canadians to Mae Sot in June this year. As the situation evolves, we will continue to rethink our plans. Whatever happens, we are committed to continuing to provide you with some financial assistance as we have in past years and look forward to the time when we can meet face to face. For now, we hope that you will all stay well and that you are able to carry on with your important education work.

Read our latest newsletter: COVID-19 Update, May 2020

If you would like to support us, go to the Donate Now page for instructions on how to donate online or by cheque.

In the wake of the forced displacement of Rohingya people from western Myanmar, we at MSEP affirm the shared humanity of all people regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, economic standing or nationality. Every human being needs and deserves dignity and respect. In working for migrant education, we strive through our volunteers to promote children’s understanding of the fundamental rights that all humans need in order to have well-being and fulfillment as they journey through life. These rights include physical and mental security, equality, nationality, freedom of expression and religion as well as the right to a home and to full membership in society.

As one of our former volunteers said recently:

“Educating children about simple human decencies, such as kindness and compassion, the respect and acceptance needed regarding each of our similarities and differences and the rights and dignities we all share, is the only sure way we have of securing hope that the future will be made brighter and more just for all of us.”

We look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to achieve this future for Myanmar and for the world.

Our Partners Speak

Video created in 2017 by Emily Prangley Desormeaux: