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2007

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: Social Development Centre
US$8,480

The Social Development Centre was set up by a graduate from the Earthrights International School with funds from the alumni programme funded by REI. The purpose of the Centre is to encourage victims of human rights abuses to build a new society that values human dignity and the environment. SDC runs a 10-month training course in Karenni camp 1 near Mae Hong Son for 20 people from different ethnic groups. The course covers non-violent social change, law and environment. SDC also has mobile teams to spread this knowledge beyond the local community. This project addresses the needs of younger people who face limited opportunities.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: WEAVE
US$25,000

Young women living in refugee camps lack mobility, their needs are not recognized and educational opportunities are very limited. This training programme targeted young women and female heads of households.

The young women were brought up in refugee camps and became dependent on aid, becoming passive and demoralized. This training addressed these problems by encouraging critical thinking and negotiation skills.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA)
US$10,000

The movement of Burmese nationals into Thailand began in the 1970s. Over 120,000 live in 5 camps along the border of the two countries still described as “temporary shelters” by the authorities. Others live as migrants in the community subject to sudden deportations and harassment by police and local people.

 

2007-05-02 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Borderline Women’s Collective
US$5,550

Borderline Women’s Collective, Gallery and Tea Garden, located in Mae Sot, Thailand began in 2004 with three women’s organisations seeking to establish a shared marketing space for women from Burma and others living along the Thai-Burma border to sell their hand made items. Located in Thailand, just across the border with Burma, Mae Sot has felt the impact of the Burmese military dictatorship since 1962. Due to repression and civil war, hundreds of thousands fled to Thailand for safety and work. In 2003, Borderline created a space where women’s groups could sell products, with a teashop, cooking classes, and an art gallery.

2007-05-01 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Karen Women’s Organisation
US$15,000

Teams who had been working in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border for many years and successfully developed capacity inside the camps, were now facing a new challenge created by mass resettlement as trained people moved away. At the same time, human rights atrocities continued inside Karen State Burma.

2007-05-01 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Union Aid Abroad with Migrant Assistance Program
US$25,000

n 2007 there were 150,000 camp based refugees and around 2 million other people from Burma trying to survive in Thailand. Many of those who were outside the camp system had great difficulty accessing health care, especially for serious conditions or for mental health support. This emergency house provided shelter, food, counseling and self-help activities for these vulnerable refugees.

2007-04-01 ~ 2008-03-29
Agency: Bienvenu Shelter
US$10,000

Bienvenu Shelter was established in 2001 in a suburb of Johannesburg as a refuge for Women and Children refugees. The shelter provides accommodation and nutrition support while providing them with skills to prepare them for eventual return to their countries. The Centre runs a crèche for residents’ children and children from the community. This gives the children an opportunity to integrate in the community and allows the mothers time to attend training classes and to search for work. The training classes include sewing and bead work and computer literacy.

2007-01-30 ~ 2008-01-29
Agency: Karen Women’s Organisation
US$8,600

The distribution of baby kits to mothers about to give birth in Karen State, Burma, has proved very successful despite problems resulting from the instability of the region. In the last year kits were distributed to more than one thousand women. In many areas it was difficult to carry kits due to traveling and security problems.