An Update on Covid-19 and Metta Charity

An Update on Covid-19 and Metta Charity

Here are some of the kids under the big shade tree.
Here are some of the kids under the big shade tree.

The Metta Charity has been helping students get an education for many years. They have strived to create a comfortable, happy, and safe space for Burmese refugees and their children. When Covid-19 hit, it hurt everyone, but it really did strike communities like this very hard. Parents were out of work and of course many donations stopped coming in because people everywhere were concerned about their own security.

The children need to get proper nutrition MettaCharity.org is helping achieve that goal.
The children need to get proper nutrition MettaCharity.org is helping achieve that goal.

The fall out of this is that one of the school Metta Charity had opened was forced to close. This caused them to bring students from the school that closed to the one remaining school that is still open. It is full to capacity and with the new laws of social distancing, not every child will be able to get the education they need and want.

There are more students than ever but because of financial reasons, there is one less school now running. Bringing two schools to just school. They have to go to different villages and visit more houses to bring students to one school now. More vehicles are needed because of social distancing.

Here is a family enjoying a meal.
Here is a family enjoying a meal.

School is beginning but the Thai government says that social distancing must take place. This is causing a problem because the school needs more space. However, because one of the schools closed, there is very little space and the one school everyone is in is maxxed out.

Metta Charity is looking to extend their space for students. They aren’t looking to make the building bigger but just extend the roof so there’s more space under for social distancing. Home based learning is a big thing right now and teachers are having to travel quite long distances to help children maintain their education. We feel truly blessed to have so much help from everyone but know that we are always welcoming donations.

This will help feed her family.
This will help feed her family.

The time during Covid-19 has affected so many aspects of the Burmese refugees lives. Many weren’t able to work and they are living in the worst conditions. They are stuck behind borders and have no money for food. We are constantly going to villages with the food we have purchased from your donations. The smallest gestures make huge differences in every person’s life. We thank you and wish you a safe and happy future.

A baby needs food
A baby needs food
MettaCharity.org during the Pandemic

MettaCharity.org during the Pandemic

MettaCharity.org distributing food to the Burmese migrants living in the Mae Sot area.
MettaCharity.org distributing food to the Burmese migrants living in the Mae Sot area.

During the current worldwide pandemic MettaCharity.org is not only helping the children of the migrant workers in Northern Thailand, but they are helping the whole family with food donations.

A baby needs food
A baby needs food

The families are having an even more difficult time in providing the necessary food for themselves since many of the jobs they perform have dried up during the pandemic.

Food help is being distributed at the Min Thu Won School
Food help is being distributed at the Min Thu Won School

The need for food is massive in the area of Mae Sot which is where the MettaCharity.org run schools are located. Johny and his associates are doing all they can to help bring food items to the families in need.

This will help feed her family.
This will help feed her family.
The children need to get proper nutrition MettaCharity.org is helping achieve that goal.
The children need to get proper nutrition MettaCharity.org is helping achieve that goal.

Please consider making a donation to help Johny and MettaCharity.org You can make a donation in the sidebar to the right ——->

An 8 Day Old Baby Needs a Home and People are Starving

An 8 Day Old Baby Needs a Home and People are Starving

Children and families need help.
Children and families need help.

This was never a Covid-19 issue but the state of Burmese refugees near the Thai border has worsened because of it.

While most of have a lot of time on our hands, there are people who are working extra hard to feed people in need. In Canada, we are lucky. I still feel myself to be a spoiled brat in this situation. The government is giving money to Canadians that need it. Enough money that we can sustain ourselves. In places like Burma, they have always struggled. In a situation like this, it’s so much worse than you can imagine. Everything you were terrified about, that caused you stress, is someone’s reality.

At the beginning of the Corona virus outbreak, you may have thought the worst. That you would die much sooner than your time. That you would run out of food with no way to get more. That you would stop making money and the bank would take your house away. Right now, these are realities for the already poor. My friend Johny from Metta Charity just told me what’s going on with the Burmese he oversees.

Johny and team distributing food.
Johny and team distributing food.

Just a quick blurb so you know the backstory on this. Johny is Burmese himself but ran away to Thailand a long time ago for a better life. He is supporting his own family while helping many Burmese refugees. He has helped adults get jobs in Thailand and has built schools for their children. There are orphans that he helps too. Johny has always worked tirelessly to make lives better for his country folk.

In the times of Covid-19, things have gotten much worse. The Burmese that were once making about $10 per day are now making nothing. They were told to stop working and no money has come to them. Johny and his charity are currently feeding about 300 people per day. He is exhausted and so is his team but still they provide and they give.

Here is a family enjoying a meal.
Here is a family enjoying a meal.

Other tragedies still exist among all of this. A 14-year old girl gave birth to a baby she didn’t know she was having just over a week ago. She is not equipped to take care of this baby. The boyfriend ran off and was always drinking anyway. This baby needs to find a home because the girl can’t take care of herself. The situation is painful for all and the best outcome would be for the baby to find a loving home.

Metta Charity takes money to help refugees with food, medical, and schooling. Right now, they are feeding hundreds of refugees per day that aren’t working. They are feeding children and adults who would otherwise starve. If you can help during this time, even $5 can make a major difference. When we give to others, we can feel better about our own suffering in a way. You’ll be surprised at how it can change the way you feel right at this moment to reach out with your heart to someone seriously in need.

Some of the students gathered on the bench under the big tree.
Some of the students gathered on the bench under the big tree.
Feedback from a donor

Feedback from a donor

Johny and the Metta Charity are doing a lot of good with very little money. After visiting the three schools, I realized the immense need for more funds to be able to take care of some of the needs of the children.

Magic Hill Mae Sot
Magic Hill on the way to the schools in Mae Sot
Amazon Cafe Stop
Amazon Café Stop

I have visited the schools a few times with Johny, and on a previous visit we brought some school clothing with us for the kids. To see their happy smiling faces when we arrived with some t-shirts, sweat pants and towels for them, that is really all the reward I could ever ask or wish for.

Johny taking selfies with the kids
Johny taking selfies with the kids

They have very little, but the children are so very thankful for any little thing you do for them. Despite the challenging conditions under which they live, they seem happy and they have a very good and positive attitude mixed in with curiosity and a desire to learn.

Providing funds for the schools with the help of friends from Bangkok
Providing funds for the schools with the help of friends from Bangkok

The schools provide a badly needed safe haven for the kids. Here they are allowed to just be kids. In addition, they get needed healthcare, and an education that will help prepare them for life. This would not even be possible without the dedicated volunteer teachers, headmasters and aids that help in giving the kids a good environment for learning and growing.

Johny brought a soccer ball for the school, to the delight of the kids.
Johny brought a soccer ball for the school, to the delight of the kids.

It moved me immensely to meet the lovely children and it was an easy decision to try to help Johny with the Metta Charity as much as I possibly can.

A couple of children from one of the schools.
A couple of children from one of the schools.

I hope more people can see the need and be willing to help Johny and his team carry our their mission. Thank you for considering a donation to his charity! – Per from California.

Headmaster with Per from California.
Headmaster with Per from California
Distribution of uniforms in August 2018

Distribution of uniforms in August 2018

Johny at the Farm House School with uniforms for the students.

In August this year Johny went to visit the schools and to distribute new uniforms for the children. He was accompanied by a donor from California who helped him with the distribution. This also allowed this donor see first hand the needs of these lovely, happy children. We need your donations badly. Donations help us in providing, among other things, clothing for our students, school supplies, food, transportation and schools. We need your donations to keep our schools going. It is a worthy cause so please help with the healthcare and education of the children by donating any amount you feel you can afford. Donate here.

Farm House School

Students and headmaster at the Farm House School in 2018.
Students and headmaster at the Farm House School in 2018.
Farm House School Students.
Farm House School Students.

Min Tu Won School

Min Thu Wan School students with their new uniforms.
Min Tu Won School students with their new uniforms.
Students on a break at the Min Thun Wan School.
Students on a break at the Min Tu Won School.

Parahita Htoo School.

Johny brought a soccer ball to the Parahita Htoo School.
Johny brought a soccer ball to the Parahita Htoo School.
And he also brought new uniforms.
And he also brought new uniforms.
Sorting the uniforms according to size together with the Headmaster.
Sorting the uniforms according to size together with the Headmaster.
The Parahita Htoo School students and teachers.
The Parahita Htoo School students and teachers.
One of the younger students conversing with Johny.
One of the younger students conversing with Johny.
Our Website

Our Website

Welcome to METTA Charity’s website!

We are very small non-profit that is providing badly needed medicine and education to Thailand’s Burmese migrant population. This website is an opportunity to show the world the impact you can have when you choose to do something good. It is also an opportunity to ask the world to come join us in our efforts, com participate in the mission by helping us out. If you can, we’d love for you to donate, and if you can’t donate please share our story on social media. If everyone with a big heart chips in we know that 2020 will be our most successful school year to date.

Our Schools

We operate three campuses in western Thailand’s Mae Sot District. The Burmese migrants in this area live in chronic poverty without basic medical care or schooling. In 2011 Johny Adhikari and a few friends pooled their money together to start a school for the children in Mae Sot. It began with 40 students, it grew to over 400 students in 2017. The students ages are between 4-15 years old and they all rely on us to provide their schooling and meals.

The Farmhouse School

In 2020 with the current pandemic, and for financial reasons, the Farmhouse school is currently not operating and the students have been relocated to our other schools. (This is our most developed campus with two buildings and a chicken coop. There are over 140 students learning 5 different subjects in Thai and Burmese.)

Min Thu Wan School

Currently in 2020 this school has 180 students. It is being enlarged to provide for better social distancing to better cope with the Covid 19 pandemic.

Parahtita Htoo School

Currently has about 230 students in 2020.

How You Can Help

The easiest way you can help is by making a donation. Your contribution provides the basic supplies (food, water, shoes) and services (teachers, transportation, etc.) that it takes to run a successful school.

A special note from the founder

Our students generally live in chronic poverty, so the food they receive at school is vital nutrition. We provide a very modest school lunch to our students, but it is still a challenge financially to purchase what is needed. A modest contribution from you could help us clothe, feed and educate our students and we need your help to be able to do this!

Founder Johny
Founder Johny