Project Funding

2007-05-01 ~ 2008-04-30
Agency: Union Aid Abroad with Migrant Assistance Program
US$25,000

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

This project offers emergency accommodation and support for vulnerable Burmese refugees aged between 0 – 60 years requiring medical care usually for a period of approximately 1 month. During this time refugees are also provided with personal development opportunities, including training in Thai language, sewing and computer, health issues, refugee rights including the refugee worker registration process, women’s rights, government policies and community activities to increase self-esteem and confidence. Volunteers are used to help organise activities and provide translations at the hospital.

2007-04-01 ~ 2008-03-29
Agency: Bienvenu Shelter
US$10,000

Bienvenu Shelter was established in 2001 in a suburb of Johannesburg as a refuge for Women and Children refugees. The shelter provides accommodation and nutrition support while providing them with skills to prepare them for eventual return to their countries. The Centre runs a crèche for residents’ children and children from the community. This gives the children an opportunity to integrate in the community and allows the mothers time to attend training classes and to search for work. The training classes include sewing and bead work and computer literacy.

2007-04-01 ~ 2008-03-30
Agency: Association for Aid and Relief, Japan
US$4,670

Since refugees began returning to Angola in 2002 (see project 20/2006 for Angola), Moxico province in eastern Angola has received over 185,000 returnees. This represents 50% of the total number of returnees to Angola. The design and tailoring project organized by AAR will be implemented by a local NGO called Programme for Academic Education and Vocational Training (PAEVT) in Luena in Moxico Province.

2007-01-30 ~ 2008-01-29
Agency: Karen Women’s Organisation
US$8,600

The distribution of baby kits to mothers about to give birth in Karen State, Burma, has proved very successful despite problems resulting from the instability of the region. In the last year KWO distributed kits to more than one thousand women. UNICEF provides materials for kits to be delivered to some areas and RIJ funding provides cash for district staff to purchase the items inside Burma. In many areas it is difficult to carry kits due to traveling and security problems.

2007-01-30 ~ 2008-01-28
Agency: Mon National Education Committee
US$9,900

Like many states within Burma, the Mon state has been struggling to establish their right to self-determination since 1948. A cease-fire has been declared but many people are still deprived of their basic human rights. Since this ceasefire the Thai authorities have allowed the Mon National Education Committee to open an office in Sangkhlaburi in order to communicate with groups both inside and outside Burma.

2007-01-30 ~ 2008-01-29
Agency: Concern Universal
US$25,000

There has been civil conflict in the Casamance region of Senegal for the last 23 years. It is estimated that during this time 3,000-5,000 people have been killed, at least 60,000 people internally displaced and about 15,000 people sought refuge in the Gambia and Guinea Bissau. As atrocities flare and die down there is a constant flow of refugees back and forth over the border with Gambia because many people have relatives on both sides of the border.