FED bridges the gap between local citizens and Burmese migrant communities in Thailand, where migrant populations have long lacked access to the social services, human rights, and economic opportunities afforded their Thai neighbors. Rather than wait for such benefits to trickle down from above, FED teaches Burmese migrant communities to become more self-reliant. With a trained staff recruited entirely from the Burmese migrant community, FED builds the organizational and management capacity necessary to instill effective community leadership. The result is a system in which Burmese migrants are empowered to lead better lives while in Thailand, and are better prepared to make an impact in their home country should conditions improve to allow their return.
FED also works with relevant Thai authorities and institutions to gain access to schooling, health education, and decent work opportunities. We have reached out to local and provincial government leaders, independent bodies, and the media. Through this process, FED is creating an effective legal platform to bridge the existing divide between the Thai and Burmese communities, while also pushing for greater visibility for migrants at the policy level.
FED focuses on provinces with high migrant populations, first strengthening their visibility and then providing individuals with social services long denied under current Thai law. As the first registered foundation in Thailand conceived by and for Burmese nationals, it has the potential to serve as an umbrella organization to link the work of other non-registered Burmese organizations throughout the country.
By establishing a national model for migrant community development, FED is increasing the visibility of the once-hidden Burmese community in Thailand. We are changing the attitudes of Thai communities and empowering a new generation of migrants by offering them a range of opportunities long denied by existing institutions.