Soon after the 2004 Tsunami the organization relocated to Phang Nga (Thailand) province to offer emergency assistance to Tsunami-affected Burmese migrants whose needs had been largely ignored by the Thai government and NGO’s.
The Foundation for Education and Development (FED) was founded in 2000 in Sankalaburi, Kanchanaburi province under the name Grassroots Human Rights Education & Development (GHRE). Soon after the 2004 Tsunami the organization relocated to Phang Nga province to offer emergency assistance to Tsunami-affected Burmese migrants whose needs had been largely ignored by the Thai government and NGO’s. Since then FED has been addressing the long term needs of marginalized Burmese migrant workers and their families, working towards building trust among the disaffected Burmese community.
Our staff members work very closely with several Burmese communities living in rubber plantations or fisheries so we never lose sight of issues that are directly affecting them on a day-to-day basis. Our staff members are predominately of Burmese origin and have come to Thailand through similar circumstances, this has enable FED to reach the migrant population on a more personal and intimate level, something larger NGOs are able to do.
We aim to achieve our mission by carrying out the following 7 objectives:
Provide education to the children of Burmese migrant workers in southern Thailand.
Promoting job opportunities and foster a safe and lawful environment for Burmese migrant workers in Southern Thailand.
Provide migrant children with a safe and happy environment.
Build bridges between Thai and Burmese communities.
Educate Burmese migrant communities on Human Rights, Economic, Social and Culture Rights.
Empower Burmese migrant women to improve their situation.
By establishing a national model for migrant community development,
FED is increasing the visibility of the once-hidden Burmese community in Thailand. We are changing the attitudes of Thai communities and empowering a new generation of migrants by offering them a range of opportunities long denied by existing institutions.
FED bridges the gap between local citizens and Burmese migrant communities in Thailand, where migrant populations have long lacked access to the social services, human rights, and economic opportunities.
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.
FED focuses on provinces with high migrant populations, first strengthening their visibility and then providing individuals with social services long denied under current Thai law. As the first registered foundation in Thailand conceived by and for Burmese nationals, it has the potential to serve as an umbrella organization to link the work of other non-registered Burmese organizations throughout the country.
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Our passionate staff is at the heart of FED and they are predominately of Burmese origin. Most of them have gone through similar difficulties which enables FED to reach the migrant population on a more personal and intimate level.
Ei Ei Chaw
Mark Del Greco
Migrant Development Coordinator
Min Thein Kyaw
Zai Lat Aung
Integration Program Coordinator
Aye Thandar Aung
SRHR Project Coordinator
Safe School Coordinator Phang Nga
Mya Lay Ngon
Project Coordinator IIC
Philippe van Gammeren
IT & Marketing
Mae Sot Field Coordinator
Without our partners we wouldn’t be able to carry out our mission. A forever lasting thank you to those that support us.