The first batch of kits donated by generous Chelsea fans and staff has been distributed to young people in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border.
Chelsea's Kits for Kids campaign has collected hundreds of old kits at the Stamford Bridge and the Kingston club stores to donate to some of the most marginalised communities in the world. Working with our global charity partner Right To Play, the shirts, shorts and tracksuits were handed out to young people attending school in the Tham Hin refugee camp in Kanchanburi province, where the charity run a sport and play programme.
Tham Hin camp is home to approximately 7,000 refugees from Burma and almost half of them are under 18 years of age.Right To Play uses sport and play to further the health and holistic development of the children and young people.
'We can only imagine what some of these young people have been through,' said Jacob Murray, country manager of Right To Play in Thailand.
'Many arrive at the camp with nothing so a Chelsea shirt or tracksuit makes such a difference and lets them know that people in the UK are thinking about them. We'd like to thank all the Chelsea fans and staff who kindly donated these kits - it means so much to these young people.'
Right To Play is a leading international humanitarian and development organisation and uses the power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease. The charity works with more than a million children and young people each week, creating safe play spaces for them to learn and build a brighter future.
The partnership between Chelsea Football Club and Right To Play was launched in 2007 and has raised more than £2m to develop more programmes in some of the world's most deprived communities. The two organisations recently announced a further three-year extension to the relationship.