The Nong Nong Fund is a charity to help Nong Nong and her mother Emoon, who are migrant workers from Shan State in Myanmar. Emoon gave birth on the night of 13 May and lost consciousness. When she woke up she said the baby wasn’t breathing and she thought she was dead. I found the baby by the roadside the next day and she was taken to hospital. Emoon saw a story about this in a local online newspaper and recognized the scarf she had wrapped her daughter in. She immediately went to the hospital and mother and daughter were reunited.
Emoon, who is 21, had previously worked in Worarot fabric market in Chiang Mai, but because of the Covid crisis she has lost her job. Her boyfriend, also a migrant worker from Myanmar, had returned home to renew his passport when the Thai-Burmese border was closed in April. Emoon has moved in with her mother and two younger brothers to have someone to help her care for Nong Nong. The family is extremely poor and live in a shack with no running water inside a garbage collection facility 30 miles south of Chiang Mai.
Donations to The Nong Nong Fund will be used to buy baby food and formula as well as food to help support the family. I realize this is a difficult time for everyone, but even a few dollars will make a difference for this family and for Nong Nong.