It is with great sadness that we share the news that Gail Seneca has died. Gail has been a shining light in our community, a founding member of our organization, an extraordinary, caring, dynamic, funny, creative, force for good to all around her.
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"It’s been more than an hour on the back of a motorcycle in rural Myanmar. The greater the distance between us and Kyaing Tong, one of Shan State’s principal cities, the more the landscape changes.
Buildings are replaced by rice fields, and the cement road turns to dirt. Soon, we reach the foot of a mountain and begin our journey up, twisting around gaping fissures made by monsoon storms.
As our motorcycle putters, threatening to be defeated by the long climb, we catch the first glimpses of the village perched on the mountain’s peak..." Read more
Economic refugees come to Thailand hoping to save money and return home, but it is unclear how long this will take: two years, five years, 15 years, or more?
This waiting game has the greatest impact on the children who come with their families. Put to work or left at home to care for younger siblings, there are at least 200,000 migrant children in Thailand who are not in school. Read More
Our partner, Meikswe Myanmar, established Palae Metta to care for women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Located outside Yangon, this residential clinic is currently home for 21 children and 16 women who are receiving medical treatment, healthy food, education and even vocational training.
Palae Metta is a haven, where they receive not only medical care, but the encouragement of a community. Read More
Along the Thai-Myanmar border is a vast population without legal claim to citizenship. Many of these people are migrants from Myanmar who, having crossed the border, become ever more vulnerable. Many lose their documentation along the way, effectively losing recognition of their citizenship. The struggle to access basic services, shelter, and protection from exploitation is formidable. Partners Asia supports these communities to organize around basic needs and advocate for their legal status.
Read more about how our partners are empowering locals to tell their stories and help design solutions.
Na Lar Bo, with support from Meikswe Myanmar, is transforming the lives of women and families in her village outside Lashio. Read More
Nay Zar is a born leader. He is working in Myanmar and Thailand to preserve his Kayan cultural heritage through peer-to-peer eudcation. Read More
Partners Asia's 4th Annual Donor Bike Trip just happened! This year we went to Shan State to enjoy the famous Hot Air Balloon Festival!
8 unforgettable days in November. Click here for more details
Action for Shan State Rivers recently released a new film on the unique ecology and cultural significance of the Pang river valley in Kunhing, Shan State, now under threat by plans to build the Mong Ton dam on the Salween River.
The film provides a rare chance to see the stunning beauty of this area called “Thousand Islands” (Kun-heng) due to the countless natural islands in the river. Life among the islands, the area’s rich cultural heritage, and the impacts of conflict are recounted through the words of local farmers and fisherfolk.
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Click here to read the announcement of this year's recipient, and nomination forms for 2017!
Photo credits: Annie Barnett, Lindsey Hackett Honaker, John Lyons,
John Mason, Amanda Mowry, Lisa O'Donnell, Steve Wallace, Kyaw Zin Win