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Myanmar/Burma

After receiving seeds, tools, training and a small plot of land next to the camp, Than was able to grow vegetables and support his family. Ben Littlejohn/Act For Peace Top Image Frame

The people of Myanmar have lived through decades of conflict. Hundreds of thousands have fled their homeland for neighbouring Thailand, and many have been living in refugee camps along the Thailand–Myanmar border for decades. Your support is helping to provide food, shelter and support for livelihoods for refugees in the camps as well as building a strong framework of knowledge and skills to help refugees to make informed decisions regarding their preparedness to return. In Myanmar your support is helping to raise awareness on human rights laws and increase access to justice for poor and marginalised communities. This work will help prevent human rights violations and empower people to build a democratic society.

Key Facts

2013 Global Peace Index ranking of 162 countries: 140
 
UNHCR estimates 490 000 internally displaced people (IDPs) within Myanmar 
 
Around 120,000 refugees live in camps along the Thai-Burma border
Our Work Here

Your support is helping to provide food, shelter and support for livelihoods for Burmese refugees living in camps along the Thai-Burma border, as well as helping to empower the people of Myanmar to build a democratic society.

How you’re helping

With your support, Act for Peace is working with our partner The Border Consortium (TBC) to provide food, shelter, training while also helping refugees living in the Mai Nai Soi and Mae Surin camps on the Thai/Burma border to prepare for return. The program places a strong focus on building self-reliance within the camp community equipping refugees with the skills and knowledge they need to help them prepare for potential returns to Myanmar.

You’re also helping to support our partners in Myanmar, the Myanmar Council of Churches, to build the conditions for, peace and justice and a democratic community of the future. The program trains community organisers to work with local people to protect human rights at the grassroots level. These training sessions include awareness-raising on child protection, human trafficking, land-grabbing and civic education.