This is a special donation-based charity event open to all to help raise funds for Children of the Forest in Thailand (http://childrenoftheforest.org). ALL donations go towards Children of the Forest to support the wonderful works they do.
We will watch a short animated film called 'Love Will Rescue You', produced and created with Matthew Kelly for Children of the Forest in Thailand and for all endangered children around the world.
Danny will give a talk about child trafficking and what is happening at Children of Forest in Sangkhlaburi Thailand followed by a wonderful concert where Danny will play some of his songs.
The space is limited so please do RSVP online early to avoid disappointment. Bring a friend or share this event with your family, friends and colleagues. Together we can make a real difference.
Date/Time and Venue:
7:30-9:00pm 24th Feb 2017 Friday @ Yoke Yoga @ 4 Union St, Melbourne VIC 3205
About Children of the Forest:
Children of the Forest is a registered Thai foundation providing protection, education and health care for abandoned, abused and orphaned Karen and Mon children living in the Thai /Burmese border zone, Sangkhlaburi Thailand.
Since the end of World War Two, the stateless Karen and Mon people of Burma have been engaged in a vicious guerilla war to gain freedom, land and dignity. Karen and Mon women, children and entire villages have become innocent victims of the Burmese army. Facing instability, brutality, fear and constant human rights abuses in Burma, many Karen and Mon people flee across the border to Thailand in hope of finding a better future for themselves and their children. Those from central and southern Burma make the difficult and dangerous journey through the jungle to the first Thai town across the border, a small place named Sangkhlaburi.
Sangkhlaburi is located six hours north west of Bangkok on the Thai- Burmese border. Many of the Karen and Mon people here have lived in Sangkhlaburi for over two hundred years. Other families have fled here more recently in hope of finding a better life, yet often what they find here is only marginally better than life in Burma. While they are free from the threat of the Burmese army, work is scarce and severely underpaid. Labour abuses and human trafficking activities are rife. Schools and medical care are financially inaccessible and exploitation awaits in the cities. Life remains uncertain for many as no land means a life drifting from plantation to factory land. For those with no identity card at all, the threat of deportation or being forced into illegal work, hangs over them every day. In this situation, children are extremely vulnerable.