Since 1948, the insurgency in southern Thailandhas torn apart a fragile region
For nearly 70 years, the provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala in southern Thailand have seen routine conflict between the Muslim and Buddhist populations living in the area. While it has varied in intensity during this time, outbreaks of terrorism and violence have become more prevalent since 2001, with both the frequency and magnitude of attacks increasing. A lack of infrastructure and development has only compounded issues in the region. Unemployment has spiraled out of control, and countless children do not have the means to complete secondary- or in many cases even primary-level education.
Constant conflict and a lack of funding has seen families de-emphasize education
We spent time across the region, talking to people and trying to better understand what problems and issues they face. After listening to residents, we realized that children in these provinces faced some of the biggest challenges. The education system in southern Thailand suffers from a lack of government funding, and insurgents have destroyed schools and murdered teachers, forcing some schools to shut their doors permanently.
Yet this is only half the problem. Most families living in the area don’t understand the importance of education. During our discussions with local women’s groups in Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala provinces, we learned that many families believe education to be a luxury, and one that the cost of uniforms, books and other supplies means they cannot afford.
We help build toilets, dorms, classrooms, kitchens and other facilities needed at schools. We prioritize building what is required most urgently.
We provide schools with study materials, sporting equipment, general reading materials and other supplies to help children learn when at school.
We provide children with books, stationery supplies, underwear, towels, pillows, toothbrushes, soaps and other daily necessities for school and life.
We schedule events with students, parents and volunteers to help provide a positive influence for the children and demonstrate to parents the value of education.
KFAM is run by volunteers