A New Chapter
For years, Thailand has been a haven for populations on the move, from the two million migrants who travel through the country to work to the thousands of refugees from Myanmar living in camps along the border. And Thailand has meant a lot to us over the years - it's where our story began 40 years ago. Now, as refugees return home to Myanmar, a chapter is closing on our working for these people - but a new one has just begun.
It is our job to prepare communities for this transition, helping to build the confidence needed to make a safe, peaceful, and successful move back home. From helping women heal from abuse and trauma, to vocational and skills building for budding entrepreneurs, to making sure people get the healthcare access they need, all our programs have an eye toward the next chapter in their lives.
Building self-reliance and positive action
We’re helping refugees apply the hard work and dedication they bring to their lives in the camps toward their future outside the camps, encouraging them to think about their next steps and transition plan.
Economic empowerment is a key factor in developing self-reliance. Our micro-enterprise development (MED) program helps participants develop skills they can use when they leave the camps. Refugees have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills through Voluntary Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) and small start-up businesses. With the goal of building independence by focusing on an attitude of positive action and self-help, we are fostering an environment of preparation.
Together with our program team in Myanmar, we’re focused on eliminating drug-resistant malaria. We work with migrants who regularly traverse the Myanmar/Thailand border, providing them with insecticide treated mosquito nets, prevention education, and diagnosis and treatment services.
When the work is done, the task accomplished … our smiles reflect a staff saying … ‘we have done it ourselves’!
– Sudan Nduati, Micro-enterprise Development Coordinator
Thailand: Recent Info
Teams coming together on both sides of the Thai-Myanmar border...Our work in Thailand and Myanmar is defined by support to people on the move between the two countries. More than two million migrants travel back and forth between them regularly, looking for work and better ways to support their families. And thousands of refugees from Myanmar are still living in camps in Thailand, mostly along the border, although many have returned home and adjust to new lives there. Thailand is where Alight’s story began 40 years ago. Now, our work has evolved to support the new challenges people are facing in the region – and it’s still evolving as teams mobilize to confront the threat of COVID-19. Read More
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