Foundation for Education and Development (GHRE)

The primary goal is to make available a safe and equitable environment for Burmese migrant workers in southern Thailand whilst promoting education and development opportunities for migrant children and disadvantaged adults in southern Thailand.
Feb 13, 2017

Aim of Education is not Knowledge, but Action!

U Ko Ni RIP
U Ko Ni RIP

In our previous report we stood still and paid our respects to the passing of the beloved Thai King Bhumibol. It hurts to say that in this report we need to give our deepest respect and condolences to another prominent man - U Ko Ni - human rights lawyer, activist and key legal advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi. U Ko Ni was an important man in the fight for human rights and in the struggle to bring peace and equality to Myanmar. He was assassinated at Yangon Airport while returning from an International trip.

Here at the Foundation for Education and Development we work on beautiful developments, receive support from beautiful people and we are providing a future for many children at our Learning Centers. But at the same time we fight for human rights and provide legal aid and medical aid for hundreds of Burmese Migrants every month. We deal with emotional roller coasters on a weekly basis. And because of this, our staff and teachers aren't just training and educating children and their families to have general knowledge and awareness in this world. We educate to shape a new future for families that are living in poverty, we fight to rescue exploited men and women and help them to protect themselves and others. We aren't here just to provide education, we are here to fight for peace and equality.

In these days less and less people spend time reading long reports, so in ours we will give you a brief insight on the highlights of the previous period. You can follow us in more detail on our website www.ghre.org where you can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter and follow us on social media.

International Children Day
To promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide, FED held a celebration and sport competition at our learning center. As we all have the responsibility to create a better world for our children - the future generation.

 

Safe Water Safe Land
"Safe Water Safe Land" from Poland approached FED with the initiative to provide a "Rescue after Drowning training" for our students and staff. The training focused on how to apply CPR, a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped and what measures to take in case of people drowning. This is especially useful for children growing up in fisher families that have been working in the fishing industry for generations and go out to sea for several weeks.

 

Peace Art Contest
A Peace Art Contest was organized by the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and FED to spread awareness around peace building and the conflicts of war to the students of our Unified Learning Center. IPYG works on connecting organizations around the world to promote and build peace. We are proud to be a part of this movement.

 

World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. FED organized an awareness training and topic related games at our Learning Center to educate students about HIV and AIDS.

 

16th Anniversary
FED celebrated its 16th anniversary on December 10th with a Buddhist ceremony with Burmese monks and a community celebration with student performances in the evening. With this celebration, we look back at all the activities and accomplishments of the year - a day of pride for all our staff.

 

Italian Pizza Donation
Every now and then we receive a loving gesture from local business. This time an Italian Restaurant "Pinocchio" donated delicious pizzas for our students at the Unified Learning Center. Most of them never had pizza before - it was great! Watch how happy the children are in a summary video.

 

Child Rights Defenders field trip
Our Child Rights Defenders (CRD) - students we’ve trained in our Children On the Move program - went on a 4-days documentary field trip. They captured documentary footage regarding Child Rights and Human Rights at 4 different locations in West-Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. Learning how to advocate and document rights issues.

 

Safe School Emergency Training
304 Migrant students attended a Safe School Training at the Children Development Center in Mae Sot, North-West Thailand. Children were taught how to turn off burning gas tanks, use a fire extinguisher, use first-aid kits and evacuate safely. Low Safety standards in Thailand and Myanmar cause a lot of accidents at familie homes.

 

52nd birthday of our founder Htoo Chit
368 students from our Unified Learning Center (ULC) were provided lunch by FED's Executive Director Htoo Chit on his 52nd birthday. Htoo Chit has been fighting for human rights, equality and education for Burmese families in Thailand for almost 15 years now.

 

Without your generous support we wouldn't be able to fight for Burmese families in need and for children that deserve education and the tools to take action that can change generations. Our donors are our lifeline and with these reports we hope to show you a glimps of all the good we do in your name. We hope you will continue to support the Burmese families and their children in Thailand.

Peace Art Contest
Peace Art Contest
Educate Peace to the next generation
Educate Peace to the next generation
Safe Water Safe Land Training for students
Safe Water Safe Land Training for students
International Children Day Celebration
International Children Day Celebration
FED Staff at 16th Anniversary
FED Staff at 16th Anniversary

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Nov 17, 2016

Two sides of life - Smiles and Tears

Our grateful and motivated children.
Our grateful and motivated children.

It has been an eventful couple of months with plenty of activities, development, and heartwarming events. At the same time we currently experience a country in grief over the dead of the Thai King Bhumibol. In this report we pay our respect to the king, and we would like to show you our project highlights. We also would like to invite you to visit our renewed website where you can now stay connected with daily updates: www.ghre.org

 

Firstly we pay our respect to the beloved King Bhumibol

When Thailand's prime minister abruptly flew back to Bangkok to meet the crown prince as concerns grew over the health of the king, the whole country stood still. An earlier official statement was released that described King Bhumibol's health as "unstable". Later that day Thailand was hit by a shockwave of grief. Now after a month, the country is still consumed in grief for their beloved King, and a new King is not yet in place. While the exact timeline is uncertain, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn is the undisputed heir, and he will eventually become King. Meanwhile the country, including us, have been wearing black/dark clothes for over a month now to pay respect to King Bhumibol.

 

Young Empowered Professionals - Vocational Training

We have continued offering the specialized vocational classes for our new Young Empowered Professionals (YEP) program. We developed this program in the hopes of creating new opportunities to our students. YEP is established as a link from our school to a more specialized education in Hospitality; including IT, Thai, Advanced English, and general Business skills. As a future extension to YEP, we are in the process of developing a Social Enterprise Endeavor with Umenohana as the primary partner. The main objective of SEE is to open a restaurant/café that assists, trains, employs and prepares students of our school for the working world. Currently there are four motivated students attending the first classes of Advanced English in Hospitality and Restaurant operations. These students have been rapidly progressing in the breadth of their English vocabulary, their comfort conversing in English, their customer service skills, and their understanding of restaurant operations. They have also taken active initiative in the SEE, and are collaborating with FED staff and volunteers in determining its branding and product selection.

 

Legal Empowerment Training

On September 10th and 11th, in collaboration with the Solidarity Center, FED organized a two-day Legal Empowerment Training for Migrant Workers in Phang Nga at our Unified Learning Center to raise awareness among the migrant workers about their rights, and the legal services that are available to them and their families.

 

The Children on the Move Program

The Children on the Move Program provided photo and video editing training for its students on September 24th and 25th. The training was attended by 17 students from the Unified Learning Center. Through this training, the students gained hands on experience in photo and video editing. The folling month, the Children on the Move Program provided theatre training for its students. Through both of these trainings, the students had lots of fun and got to exhibite their creative talents.

 

Heart Warming Student Donation

Through our Student Bank Project, that teaches students how to save and manage money, a student saved up 900 baht in one and a half years.Her parents decided to move back to Burma, and she insisted to show her gratitude to our school just before she left.She decided to donate 300 baht from her savings to the school. We were very touched by her motivation and kindness.


Amazing Volunteers

We were lucky to have some great volunteers the last couple of months, including a group of students from ISAK (International School of Asia, Karuizawa) - Japan. We are always pleased to hear that volunteers are willing to commit their time and effort to support our teachers and office staff with new ideas and a strong helping hand. Especially our students, who love to have volunteers around to teach them English, creative arts, learn new games and hang around with in the library singing English songs and reading English books. In return, our volunteers have a first-hand Burmese experience and learn so much about their culture, being a migrant in Thailand and their challenges in life. When their stay comes to an end, which always comes too early, they become much-needed international ambassadors to our organization.

 

Thank you for reading our report. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our project. Without your help we wouldn't be able to do this great work. We thank you for believing in our cause. We will do the best we can to keep you involved in our work. Please have a look at our renewed website, where you can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter. We are dedicating volunteers and in-house IT skills to develop a great transparent website, so you're able to stay tuned! Love and peace.

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Who isn't nervous for upcoming exams?!
Lunch time - thanks to our donors.
Lunch time - thanks to our donors.
You will be missed - our beloved King.
You will be missed - our beloved King.
Our upcoming Young Empowered Professionals
Our upcoming Young Empowered Professionals
ISAK Volunteers teaching English class
ISAK Volunteers teaching English class

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Aug 19, 2016

Development and new opportunities for our students

Student is excited about the renewed library
Student is excited about the renewed library

It has been an interesting couple of months with loads of activities and development. In this report, we would like to highlight a few of them and we want to invite you to pay a visit to our renewed website where you can now stay up to date with our daily activities: www.ghre.org

Young Empowered Professionals - Vocational Training
We began the first of many specialized vocational classes for our new Young Empowered Professionals (YEP) program. We developed this new program in the hopes of creating new opportunities to our students. YEP is established as a link from our school to a more specialized education in Hospitality; including IT, Thai, Advanced English, and general Business skills. As a future extension to YEP, we have also started to develop a Social Enterprise Endeavor with Umenohana as the primary partner. The main objective of SEE is to open a restaurant/café that assists, trains, employs and prepares students of our school for the working world. Currently there are six motivated students attending the first classes of Advanced English in Hospitality.

Anti-Drug Campaign
Our students collaborated and participated with the Khuk Khak Thai Highschool in an Anti-Drug campaign. With a 1000 people strong, we walked the streets for an hour, waving the ASEAN flags, to advocate and raise awareness among the local Thai and Burmese community in order to fight the distribution and use of illegal drugs, which is a growing problem in both Thailand and Myanmar.

Renewed Library
We've been trying to organize and make our library more accessible and inviting to our students. The library was once a room that was little used. We invested in bookcases, tables and chairs, and made the area more spacious to read, study or just to relax and take a break. We've been successful in our efforts and students now love to come here every day to grab their favorite books, play games and sing songs. It's now also a place where volunteers enjoy to sit and mix their working time connecting with the students.

Fire Fighting Drill
The Takuapa Fire Department and Takuapa Municipality conducted a fire fighting drill at our school. This activity was supported by our Safe School Program. Our students learned how to act in case of fire. They were provided with knowledge regarding different types of fire extinguishers and the proper ways to use them in an emergency. It was a very exciting exercise and an activity long talked about by our students.

Amazing Volunteers
We were lucky to have some great volunteers the last couple of months. We are always pleased to hear that volunteers are willing to commit their time and effort to support our teachers and office staff with new ideas and a strong helping hand. Especially our students, who love to have volunteers around to teach them English, creative arts, learn new games and hang around with in the library singing English songs and reading English books. In return, our volunteers have a first-hand Burmese experience and learn so much about their culture, being a migrant in Thailand and their challenges in life. When their stay comes to an end, which always comes too early, they become much needed international ambassadors to our organization.

First Young Empowered Professionals class
First Young Empowered Professionals class
Kids reading in the renewed library
Kids reading in the renewed library
Our students participating in Anti-Drug campaign
Our students participating in Anti-Drug campaign
A fire fighting drill conducted at our school
A fire fighting drill conducted at our school
First a fun photo - then ready to go to class!
First a fun photo - then ready to go to class!

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