Project Funding

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: MA’AN through Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

The Gaza Strip has one of the densest populations in the world with about 1.5 million people living in 360 square kilometers. The majority of the population are refugees and over 50% of the refugees live in 8 camps. 70% of households live below the poverty line and 42% live in extreme poverty. There are limited resources and little economic activity so people depend on outside supplies of food, medicines and fuel.

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, Alpheda

The situation in the Gaza Strip is outlined in the previous report 23/2007.

El Wafa was established 20 years ago to serve the poor and elderly population of the Gaza Strip. El Wafa Elderly Nursing Home provided for people over 60 who lacked the social network for care. In 1995 they built the El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, which now has 52 beds. From 1995 to 2007 the hospital served 8,700 people through the Outpatient department, 1,960 inpatients and 3,670 people in community based programmes. In 2008 it was the only hospital in the Gaza Strip providing medical support and services to severely disabled people.

2007-10-01 ~ 2008-09-30
Agency: Christian Children’s Fund, Uganda

The on-going peace talks between the LRA and the government of Uganda and the subsequent cessation of hostilities agreement contributed to the return of peace in northern Uganda. As a result most people in Northern Uganda were slowly returning back home in 2007. As people began to return home from Coope the camp members decided that the location of the new school would be more beneficial nearer their original homes. CCFU are working with the local community to support other schools that host large numbers of internally displaced children.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: DARE – Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education

Thousands of refugees from Burma have lived confined to the camps in Thailand for 20 years. Thousands have been born in the camps and never left. For the vast majority of them, the only way of life they have ever known is one forced to be dependent on outside assistance. For many young refugees, refugee camps are where they were born and where they grew up, and the only reality they have ever seen exists within the fences of the camp.

The DARE for All Family Project deals with domestic violence, provides support and treatment for women, operates a youth programme and promotes relapse prevention and community responsibility.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: Social Development Centre

The Social Development Centre was set up by a graduate from the Earthrights International School with funds from the alumni programme funded by RIJ. The purpose of the Centre is to encourage victims of human rights abuses to build a new society that values human dignity and the environment. SDC runs a 10-month training course in Karenni camp 1 near Mae Hong Son for 20 people from different ethnic groups. The course covers non-violent social change, law and environment. SDC also has mobile teams to spread this knowledge beyond the local community. This project addresses the needs of younger people who face limited opportunities.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: WEAVE

Young women living in refugee camps lack mobility, their needs are not recognized and educational opportunities are very limited. This training programme targeted young women and female heads of households.

The young women were brought up in refugee camps and became dependent on aid, becoming passive and demoralized. This training addressed these problems by encouraging critical thinking and negotiation skills.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA)

The movement of Burmese nationals into Thailand began in the 1970s. Over 120,000 live in 5 camps along the border of the two countries still described as “temporary shelters” by the authorities. Others live as migrants in the community subject to sudden deportations and harassment by police and local people.


2007-05-02 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Borderline Women’s Collective

Borderline Women’s Collective, Gallery and Tea Garden, located in Mae Sot, Thailand began in 2004 with three women’s organisations seeking to establish a shared marketing space for women from Burma and others living along the Thai-Burma border to sell their hand made items. Located in Thailand, just across the border with Burma, Mae Sot has felt the impact of the Burmese military dictatorship since 1962. Due to repression and civil war, hundreds of thousands fled to Thailand for safety and work. In 2003, Borderline created a space where women’s groups could sell products, with a teashop, cooking classes, and an art gallery.

2007-05-01 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Karen Women’s Organisation

Teams who had been working in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border for many years and successfully developed capacity inside the camps, were now facing a new challenge created by mass resettlement as trained people moved away. At the same time, human rights atrocities continued inside Karen State Burma.