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Support for ongoing projects continued unabated in 2016 and into 2017, further establishing the influence that Trade Aid UK has been able to give to important relief programmes worldwide. Much of this has been enabled by the continued sale of Trade Aid UK Granulated and Caster Sugar through Tesco Stores and the sale of ethical travel insurance through its partner www.travelandinsure.com. The use of external aid agencies and charities has been instrumental in us being able to reach the remotest parts of the globe where often the needs are greatest. The individual aid projects supported by the Trade Aid UK Foundation can be viewed by simply scrolling up and down the project panel on this page and clicking on the project that interests you.

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Children's Crisis Centre

Trade Aid UK are helping the charity, 'Children On The Edge,' specifically, with funding to help run their 'Children's Crisis Centre for Unaccompanied Refugee Children' on the Burma-Thailand border.  'Children on the Edge', with their partners, 'Social Action for Women’, through this project provide a safe place for children from Burma crossing the border into Thailand.  The centre offers temporary or long term care depending on the needs of the individual child or young person.

Some families fleeing the difficulties of life in Burma make it across the border to Thailand. Of those who do, very few are able to seek asylum in refugee camps as the authorities maintain a strict and sometimes arbitrary policy when classifying who qualifies for refugee status.

Two thirds of the migrants that arrive in Thailand from Burma are women and children. Some refugee children arrive alone, looking for work. A few have been orphaned or separated from their parents as a result of conflict and persecution.

For those children that do arrive with their families life is not necessarily any easier. Often parents are detained by the Thai authorities and separated from their children. Many children are abandoned as parents are not able to look after them due to incapacitating illness (e.g. AIDS) or death.

Any child in these circumstances is exceptionally vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Many become victims to drug and human traffickers, they are often trafficked to big cities such as Bangkok. 

If you wish to know more about the Children's Crisis Centre or about the other projects, with which Children On the Edge are engaged, you can do so by visiting their website at www.childrenontheedge.org

 

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