A student-run Hong Kong charity has launched its annual raffle to raise funds to secure education for refugees on the Thai-Myanmar border. Prizes include photographs from across the world.
Karing Frontiers hopes to raise HK$302,000 to support 534 Karen refugee and migrant students.
“We are living through a turbulent time of uncertainty, one positive way we can make an impact is by empowering the next generation through educational support,” photographer Jo Farell told HKFP. “What is happening in Myanmar is beyond devastating, as an artist I hope my work can help create much needed funds for these schools in refugee camps on the Thai-Myanmar border.”
Hundreds have been killed after the military seized control of the Southeast Asian nation on February 1 following democratic elections.
The raffle will run until June 18, with a minimum donation of HK$560 – the cost of sponsoring one student. Donations of any sum are also welcomed, organisers said.
“Education has always been a source for stability, hope and purpose in times of crisis,” fundraiser co-organiser Benny Berkenkotter said.