Cooking up a storm in Mae Sot
Democracy activists have put down their placards for now and picked up wooden spoons. They have been busy producing – from the tiniest of electric ovens and the most basic of kitchens – cupcakes, biscuits, sushi, and dried vegetable snacks. These are just some of the examples of creative fundraising ventures dreamed up by Min and Htwe Nge who are constantly exploring ways to raise money for their many activities on the Thai-Burma border. Thanks to UnionAID funding, they built the kitchen where they can teach pupils and their families baking and the preparation of sushi and other snacks. They have already used these skills to raise funds for the Mae Tao Clinic, which provides free health care to Burmese migrants. They now plan to open a stall selling snacks to students from a vocational college nearby.