Project Funding

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: MA’AN through Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA
US$25,000

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 is 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. The UN agency for the region, International Committee of the Red Cross and World Food Programme co-ordinate aid deliveries.

2007-11-01 ~ 2008-10-30
Agency: El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, Alpheda
US$25,000

The situation in the Gaza Strip is outlined in the previous report 23/2007, along with an introduction to APHEDA.

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. Since 1995 the hospital has served 8,700 people through the Outpatient department, 1,960 inpatients and 3,670 people in community based programmes. It is 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
US$25,000

In 2006 Refugees International Japan provided funding for the construction of a school in Coope community for those originally displaced in Coope camp. The on-going peace talks between the LRA and the government of Uganda and the subsequent cessation of hostilities agreement has contributed to the return of peace in northern Uganda. As a result most people in Northern Uganda are slowly returning back home. 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. It is hoped that the new school will help ease the congestion in these schools.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: DARE – Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education
US$25,000

To learn more about the refugee situation in Burma and the issues involved please look at our Burma country profile.

DARE has been working in communities on the Thai-Burma border to support the reduction of drug and alcohol dependency amongst ethnic Burmese refugees since 2000. 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
US$8,480

To learn more about the refugee situation in Burma and the issues involved please look at our Burma country profile

The Social Development Centre was set up by a graduate from the Earthrights International School with funds from the alumni programme funded by RIJ – see 15/2006. 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. Previous students have gone on to study law, work with camp authorities and conducted workshops within Burma for those who are internally displaced.

2007-06-01 ~ 2008-05-30
Agency: WEAVE
US$25,000

To learn more about the refugee situation in Burma and the issues involved please look at our Burma country profile

WEAVE has been working with marginalized ethnic women from Burma since 1990.

Under this programme WEAVE will conduct a 10-month Women’s Study Programme in Karenni camp 1 near Mae Hong Son, Thailand for 30 participants. The training aims to build confidence through developing organizational skills, decision-making skills and leadership ability. The students live in dormitories to enable full involvement in the course and are provided meals.

2007-05-02 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Borderline Women’s Collective
US$5,550

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. The aim is to build their capacity for running income generation projects by having a collectively managed market.

2007-05-01 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Karen Women’s Organisation
US$15,000

To learn more about the refugee situation in Burma and the issues involved please look at our Burma country profile

KWO has been working in refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border for many years. They have successfully developed capacity inside the camps, although they now face a new challenge created by mass resettlement. However, human rights atrocities continue inside Karen State Burma. KWO would like to focus more on working inside Karen state to build the capacity of women there so they may be more actively included in community decision-making and development.