Category Archives: Emerging Leaders

Migrant children empowered through changes in education – Myanmar-Thailand


Even as Myanmar’s politics improve and opportunities grow for people inside, needs remain sobering for the 3 to 4 million migrants just across the border in Thailand. For more than 20 years Partners Asia’s team has worked with Myanmar migrant communities, during the long period when millions were escaping Burma’s conflicts and dire poverty. The large Thai economy still depends on and entices Myanmar workers, despite the exploitation, prejudice, and even criminal intent that many migrants encounter to work there. […]

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Naw Bway Khu (Snow) — Meiskwe Myanmar standing tall


Our long term partner Naw Bway Khu (Snow) has been getting increasingly involved in advocacy work with other NGOs in the new, more open Myanmar. She recently attended a high level meeting in Nay Pyi Daw, the capital city, along with other local NGOs and the Parliamentary Committee on Legislation to discuss the new draft law on the registration of local NGOs.   I am sure our supporters who met with Snow when she travelled to San Francisco last year […]

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Displaced people in Myanmar are getting Assistance from Kachin Development Group – KDG


After 17 years of ceasefire between the Myanmar military and Kachin Independence Army (KIA), fighting once again broke out in June 2011 in the country’s north, internally displacing some 50,000 people who have sought safety in the camps. Partners Asia works with community leaders in areas controlled by either side. One local partner operating in KIA areas, the Kachin Development Group (KDG), has been working feverishly in these overcrowded camps to counter problems that have proliferated among the children and […]

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Meikswe helps the sea gypsies of the Moken Islands — Burma-Myanmar work towards sustainability


The Moken Islands of Myanmar’s Mergui archipelago are fast becoming a tourism mecca. These 800 pristine islands are surrounded by clear seas, perfect for scuba diving, and are home to the ‘sea gypsies’. The Salone/Moken people live largely on the water — they can hold their breath underwater for several minutes with ease — yet for the Salone and other inhabitants of the islands, life is far from idyllic. Meikswe (pronounced “may sway”) Myanmar, a locally led group that Partners […]

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Myanmar Women Leaders: Susanna Soe


One of our colleagues in Myanmar was recently interviewed and we’d like to share the article with you. Susanna is one of the amazing Myanmar women leaders with whom Partners Asia works. KWAG, the local group that Susanna leads, is one of Partners Asia’s grantees doing good community work in a number of areas in Myanmar. Take a look at her interesting personal story. – – – – – To Help Burma Rise, Karen Woman Takes a Stand By ZARNI […]

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Myanmar 2012 Year in Review


Happy New Year from Partners Asia! Myanmar 2012: We found interesting this article reviewing the past year for Burma in The Irrawaddy Magazine (one of the most well-established sources on news about Myanmar – Burma) and wanted to share it with you all. COMMENTARY 2012—The Year in Review By KYAW ZWA MOE During this year’s monsoon, my colleague and I were sitting in a dilapidated taxi in Rangoon, the former capital of Burma. Our driver was controlling the steering wheel […]

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