“I want my baby to be talented. I hope she’s a girl. We want to send to her school, so she can choose the work she wants to do!
My husband never went to school. I had to leave in grade 8. Now we work as farmers. We don’t have documentation. My husband has been here 13 years, but without documentation, he doesn’t have many choices.
I want my baby to have a better life than us.
At the Mae Tao Clinic, for $50 women can give birth safely. Eastern Burma has one of the highest rates of infant and maternal death in the world. For women who make it to the clinic across the river border in Thailand, their chances to give birth safely are significantly higher, giving the next generation the opportunity for a healthier, brighter future.
By being born in Thailand, children get access to an identity card which gives them the opportunity – while not guaranteed – to have the same rights as a Thai citizen. Thailand is the most developed country in the region, a destination for migrants and refugees from neighbouring countries, like Myanmar.