War and oppression have devastating consequences on the freedom and well-being of innocent children caught in the crossfire. We're at work in communities touched by conflict to ensure these children are protected and have all they need to reach their full potential.
1 in every 113 people are displaced. Over half of those are children.
That's over 65 million people globally who have been forcibly displaced by war, violence, and persecution. We believe that no border or barrier should stop people from experiencing God’s love. That’s why we go where others have said we cannot, working with vulnerable and displaced communities that are difficult to reach in order to bring practical solutions that build a future for children free from hardship and exploitation.
We work with the vulnerable and the hard to reach.
Refugees are forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster and have legal right to seek safe asylum. They face limited access to healthcare and education and often with no means of official employment. Also, they are dependent on outside assistance for the basic necessities to survive.
Internally Displaced People
Internally displaced people are those who are forced to flee their homes but remain within their country's borders. They are often extremely vulnerable, facing food shortages, inadequate shelter, lack of access to water, sanitation, healthcare, and education. This severely impacts the wellbeing of children and contributes to high malnutrition and mortality rates.
A migrant worker is someone working outside of their home country. They often represent a country's poorest people, working in the lowest paid and most dangerous jobs. In many cases, migrant workers are not entitled to the same rights as citizens, leading to exploitation by employers and officials, with children in particular at risk of being trafficked.
A stateless person has no recognised citizenship in any country. They can experience persecution, arbitrary taxation, extortion, restrictions on movement, and limited access to education and healthcare. Their lack of recognised rights and desperation lead many to attempt escaping their circumstances, often ending up in the hands of traffickers or losing their lives at sea.
We have 3 big ideas to change their future.
With your help, we not only bring relief aid into desperate situations, but we have been planning for and re-building infrastructure to meet children's primary needs; working side-by-side, together with the people themselves.
Sustainable development for community wellbeing and a nurturing environment for children.
Strengthening families and restoring communities to stop the trafficking, oppression, and exploitation of children.
Emergency provision of food, shelter materials, and basic survival necessities during times of acute crisis.
Where We Work
Despite recent changes in to a nominally civilian government, Myanmar's population of 50 million people continue to suffer the effects of decades of military rule and oppression, which have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. As well as being a significant source of refugees and migrant workers in Southeast Asia, the deep poverty and hardship faced by many has resulted in Myanmar being a major source of trafficked people, including children, throughout the region.
The decades of heavy investment in military expenditure at the expense of healthcare and education has also left many without access to basic medical care and the opportunity to go to school. Mass displacement of villagers in eastern Myanmar following attacks by the Myanmar Army in the 1980's saw hundreds of thousands of people flee their homes across the Thai-Myanmar border to seek refuge. While not being a signatory to the United Nations Refugee Convention, Thailand has allowed these refugees to live in a number of temporary camps along the border, but has left the responsibility of providing them with aid to international non-government organizations.
building a health system.
Partners runs medical training programs in Shan State and Karen State, Myanmar. Tailored specifically to the needs of communities within these areas, health workers are trained to provide both preventative health education and some curative support. In Shan State, these health workers can continue through an internship-type program to be trained as Basic and then Advanced medics. Together these programs are brining health services to a number of communities in eastern Myanmar which have long struggled with limited or no access to healthcare due to conflict and oppression.
Sowing seeds for the future.
Partners is training marginalized communities to sustainably increase their food production through organic farming, animal husbandry, and other agriculture techniques. Alongside training, supplies to start long term fish farming, crop production and other animal husbandry projects are provided to villages to get them up and running. Animal husbandry projects in particular are a proven method for income generation and this principle has been applied to the community-based children’s homes that Partners supports. Not only are these projects decreasing dependence on handouts and combating malnutrition, but they also help raise the self-esteem and self-reliance of the participants.
to support education.
Decades of neglect by Myanmar’s Central Government and oppression under the Myanmar Army has severely limited the capacity of many villages in eastern Myanmar to support their teachers, students and schools. Partners Sustainable Schools Program provides one off grants to help these communities initiate sustainable development projects that generate income to support teachers and schools for their children. Partners works closely with the communities to start these sustainable community-run businesses that have the sole purpose of funding schools and paying teacher salaries. This invests in the whole community, raising the value of their children, providing education and improving the safety net so that children are less likely to be trafficked.
Creativity that helps
make ends meet.
In 1997, one of our Karen staff began pioneering an income-generating weaving project to help Karen women along the Thai-Myanmar border who were desperate to make ends meet. It has since expanded to train and support internally displaced people in Myanmar, as well as struggling migrant communities in Thailand. The women who are helped by this project lack basic education, food, and money for their children’s education. This project helps them to supplement their family’s income to cover basic living expenses, put food on their table and provide them with skills to secure better employment should they need it in the future.
Giving refugee children
hope for a bright future.
For more than 20 years, Partners has been caring the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of refugee children living near the Thai-Myanmar border through community-based homes. Without the intervention that these homes provide, these children would grow up without an education and with very little hope for a free and full future. Each home has at least two caregivers who function as the overseers, pastors and surrogate parents. Through generous donors, Partners pays for a portion of the caregivers’ salary, as well as providing much of the homes' nutritional and hygiene needs. What can’t be as easily measured however, is the unconditional love that these precious lives receive each and every day, and how that will impact them for eternity.
Increasing literacy rates
among young children.
We believe that access to education is fundamental to children's well-being and development. Sadly, decades of conflict in eastern Myanmar has made it difficult for many families, who often lack the financial means, to send their children to school. The Early Childhood Education project aims to educate these children to become literate at an early age, provide opportunities for them to attend school, and show them a way of hope for their future. Partners provides support for 4 nursery schools to cover teacher salaries, expenses for meals, hygiene packs for the children and any building repair costs. Every activity that they do at the nursery school is aimed to help the children grow stronger both mentally and physically.
Caring for and empowering
some of the most vulnerable.
Partners is passionate about providing practical assistance that helps migrant families from Myanmar escape the desperation of grinding poverty that so often forces them to take their children out of school or even force them into prostitution. SEED learning provides educational and vocational training and support to young migrant workers who are at risk of exploitation. In addition, migrant care programs provide practical assistance to newly arrived migrants in accessing healthcare, food, education and skills training. This assistance significantly eases the burden on new arrivals, helps reduce the risk of exploitation and builds hope within these families for a brighter future for their children.
Life-saving assistance in
times of great need.
We provide emergency and short-term provision of food, shelter materials, and basic survival necessities for children, their families, and communities during times of acute crisis. Emergency relief is essential when war or social breakdown occurs leaving children vulnerable to suffering and exploitation. As well as providing critical relief items, our team is always focused on the long-term, looking for sustainable solutions to move beyond handouts and empower the people themselves to be part of the solution.