In 2002, approximately 600 people fled their homes in Shan State, Burma to save themselves from violence between the Burmese military and the Shan State Army- South (SSA). After making this dangerous escape, they resettled on the Thai side of the border at a Buddhist temple. Soon after, they were allowed to create the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp on land allocated to them by the monks. At first, the Camp residents lived in long plastic tents and only had one kitchen for all 600 people. In 2004, Koung Jor received funding to build small homes for each family– these homes are still in use today. The Branch Foundation (TBF) has partnered with Koung Jor since 2009. At first, TBF provided basic needs such as toilets and mosquito nets, but has since moved on to support more sustainable projects including supplementary education, two weaving centers, and solar panels for each home.
The BEAM EDUCATION FOUNDATION was founded in December 2009. BEAM (Bridging Educational Access to Migrants) was created to assist with the unmet needs of Burmese migrant students seeking higher level College preparation courses and advanced vocational skills training. Most students must also work difficult full-time jobs for their livelihood. Before BEAM started two years ago, migrant worker programs consisted of informal schools geared towards short term basic level courses.
The Border Green Energy Team (BGET) has been working along the Thailand/Burma border since 2005 with the mission to implement renewable energy and sustainable technologies and also demonstrate how these technologies are integral and economically viable aspects of improving livelihoods. Technologies utilized by BGET have included solar electricity, micro-hydro, bio-digesters, solar cooking, water pumping, and water purification methods. These solutions have been provided to beneficiaries in ethnic Karen villages, refugee camps, Burmese migrant schools, children’s homes, medical clinics, and for other emergency relief organizations working along both sides of the Thailand/Burma border.
The Shan State Development Fund serves the Shan refugees along the Thai–Shan border and internally displaced Shan villagers inside Shan State, who are suffering from the oppression, relocation and ethnic cleansing of the Burmese military regime. It was founded in 2009 by uniting the Shan Health Committee (founded in 1997), the Shan Education Committee (founded in 2008) and Shan Relief and Development Committee (founded in 1999) under a broader vision. SSDF is committed to creating opportunities for disadvantaged people in Shan State, to be able to fulfill their basic need and improve their livelihoods. SSDF provides emergency relief assistance, health treatment, education and community development programs
Solbakken works to improve the level of individual, family, and community health for migrant communities along the Thai/Burma border and within Burma. By providing renewable energy access and clean drinking water to rural areas, Solbakken assists in empowering marginalized communities. Our emphasis on sustainability and local development combined with our close community relations allow us to seriously address the specific needs of a village, clinic, or school. Founded in 2013, we are working hand in hand with local organizations and villages to establish self-reliant communities and a safer living environment.
CCPCR was one of the first local NGOs to address the issue of child protection by focusing on under 18 years-old girls in sexually exploitive situations in Cambodia. Founded as a not-for-profit NGO in November 1994 by a group of Cambodian professionals highly committed to the welfare of Cambodian children, CCPCR commenced operations in March 1995 and its Statute (Charter) was approved by the Ministry of Interior on Feb 27th 1997. For almost twenty years, CCPCR has been conceptualizing and implementing activities focused on the prevention and protection of children from abuse, advocacy of children’s rights, recovery and rehabilitation of children and young adults in abusive situations, reintegration and follow-up. CCPCR does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. The organization believes that the current generation of children will later carry on the task of rebuilding and strengthening the gains after the Khmer Rouge period and works to educate communities and improve the well being of children throughout Cambodia.