Rather than wait for such benefits to trickle down from above, FED teaches Burmese migrant communities to become more self-reliant. With a trained staff recruited entirely from the Burmese migrant community, FED builds the organizational and management capacity necessary to instill effective community leadership. The result is a system in which Burmese migrants are empowered to lead better lives while in Thailand, and are better prepared to make an impact in their home country should conditions improve to allow their return.
FED also works with relevant Thai authorities and institutions to gain access to schooling, health education, and decent work opportunities. We have reached out to local and provincial government leaders, independent bodies, and the media. Through this process, FED is creating an effective legal platform to bridge the existing divide between the Thai and Burmese communities, while also pushing for greater visibility for migrants at the policy level.