The Journey of Urban Refugees in Bangkok and Livelihood Innovation
Ane Mei (not real name) walked thousands of kilometers from the mountains in Vietnam to Thailand as her land was forfeited by her Government. In search of a new shelter for her family, she found a temporary refuge in Bangkok. Like many other migrants here, Ane Mei’s status in Thailand creates complex challenges in day-to-day living. Livelihood prospect through regular channel doesn’t give her and her family much promising hope. What she has to do is to re-imagine herself in order to survive with dignity, this is easier said than done. However, throughout the three-year period, how she has realigned livelihood innovation has enabled her to sustain the basic needs for her family– more importantly, the formal education of her children be preserved as a fundamental human right. Meet Ane Mei and many others in Bangkok who are trying to weave the future of livelihood for themselves and the community hosting them. ( Coming Soon)
In October 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya ethnic people in Myanmar reached the Bangladesh’s border town of Cox’s Bazar. Hundreads of thousands more would continue to stream across the border in following months until the next year. Read more
Crossing the Mediterranean
In his project, “Escaping Death: Syrian Refugees,” German photographer Felix Kleymann documented the current refugee crisis, having posed as a refugee himself in order to be smuggled to Europe in a rubber dinghy. Read more
Earth International Foundation
We are funded through innovative livelihood development projects with which the organization collaborates between local communities and marginalized population. Our activities connect people from both diasporas to gain opportunities in building their capacity in order to live together with sustainable outcomes. Whilst the activities require to work with various societal sectors, we do not affiliate, support, or align with any political and/or religious group. Your participation in our activities assist us to meet the following objectives:
1. Provide emergency humanitarian aid to people affected by disasters man-made and natural;
2. Design and implement a sustainable livelihood development program with education seen as the key to sustainability;
3. Assess needs and assist target groups using a holistic approach that values community participation;
4. Lead innovative advocacy campaigns through collaborations between local NGOs and private donors, ensuring resource management and humanitarian leadership respond to the at-risk community and its most vulnerable with priority.
Interactive Discussion on Innovative Social Change
In this edition of Have Your Say, the first of a three-part series on ``Fostering Refugee Livelihood by Empowering Host Community``, we met with the business owners of Olimpiyat Spor Gym, who have offered a life-time gym membership to a young Syrian refugee, Mohammed.