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Bridging the Gap – Migrant Education Integration Initiative


Written by Michou Tchana-Hyman BEAM Education Foundation Children of a Broken Educational System I arrived in Thailand last year and became aware of the startling number of children working on the streets and at home during normal school hours. In Chiang Mai, a bustling city nestled in the foothills that continue into Northern Thailand, many migrants come seeking work. Here, I joined The Bridging Educational Access to Migrants (BEAM) Foundation and focused on the Migrant Education Integration Initiative (MEII) where […]

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Women of Myanmar


Written by Mary and Heather Partners Asia contributing writers In The Face of Change Through our work with Partners Asia, we met many women in Myanmar and in the Myanmar migrant communities in Thailand.  Their presence, inner strength and resilience conveyed a powerful message about their importance in the development of what will hopefully be a new Myanmar society.  Mothers, teachers, community organizers, nuns, midwives, entrepreneurs, translators – we were profoundly moved by each of them.  Here is a collage […]

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Business Plan Training for Burmese Migrants


We spent several days in late February 2014 in Thailand presenting a training in business plan development to Burmese Community Learning Center teachers and youth leaders. THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY IN RANONG As described in a previous Partners Asia post, Ranong Community Learning June 2012, there is a substantial Burmese migrant community in and around Ranong. Located on the coast in southern Thailand, Ranong is a short boat ride from Kaw Thaung, the southern-most town in Myanmar/Burma. Burmese families have moved here […]

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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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