Emmanuel School is a small Anglican primary school in Mae La refugee camp. The camp, which has a population of over 30,000 people, is the largest of nine camps strung along the Thai-Burma border. Mae La camp is 40 km from the town of Mae Sot, a small Thai town with an airport. The school is open to children of all religions and includes Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and Animists. There are currently 191 students, 105 boys and 86 girls, 12 teachers and a cook. H4FA sends four quarterly payments to pay teachers, buy school equipment and stationary, make repairs and pay for any other necessities for the running of the school. It is run by Emmanuel Church, the school committee, and the teachers and parents and they send us full reports each quarter. We endeavour to visit at least once a year.
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