Archive: Asia Grants 2008-2015

CAMBODIA
FEDA (Friends Economic Development Assn) –  2009
KMR (Komar Rikreay) – 2012 – 2013
SABORAS – 20
Strey Khmer: 2014-2015
TTA (Tean Thor) –  2008 – 2014
WPM (Women Peacemakers): 2014

MYANMAR (BURMA)
CWEG (Chin Women’s Empowerment Group) – Partner since 2013
Meikswe -Partner since 2013
MYO (Mon Youth Organization) – Partner since 2013

NEPAL
ASHA – 2008, 2009/10
Living Earth Institute – 2007
Maiti – 2009

THAILAND
ECCSD (Enhancing Community Capacity for Sustainable Develment)- Partner since 2011
Pattanarak – 2008, 2009/10 – 2014
TACDEB (Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma) –  2008 – 2013

Asia grantees by year

2014

CAMBODIA

FOUNDATION FOR CAMBODIA DEVELOPMENT (FCD), CambodiaA first year grantee, FCD provides advocacy and training  to identify and assess resources, infrastructure and needs in remote areas of Cambodia. Since 2011, FCD has worked with communities  to  contruct  a water pond, repair a damaged road and build a community hall in a Pagoda. FCD is responding to farmers’ requests  in Kandek, Pol villages and nearby communities to address irrigation needs for dry season farming. In 2014, Pangea funded the construction of  a 1000 meter long irrigation canal to connect a large exisitng reservoir to fields below, allowing farmers in several villages to add a second crop planting /harvest during the dry season.

STREY KHMER Cambodia : 2014 – 2015:  Strey Khmer was founded in 2005 by professional women to empower underserved women with resources, educational and logistics to promote and support  an adequate standard of living, good health and safety. They established and maintain nine safe houses for victims of domestic violence in the rubber plantation communities of Dampong Cham province. They’ve created a micro-finance organization to support food, agricultural products, handmade crafts made by women farmers and textile workers in Kampot Province and helped women set up their own food cart businesses in its branch in Phnom Penh City.

In 2014, Pangea funded the instruction of 10 women in Treng Commune how to develop  their own mushroom growing business. In 2015, funding was used to complete the project. (See Strey Khmer website)

 

TEAN THOR (TTA) Cambodia: Tean Thor” is Khmer for “Acts of Compassion.” Based in Battambang, Cambodia, this group of trained social workers assist the poor and those handicapped from the civil war by focusing on food security, literacy and English language classes, vocational training and HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention. The last has included training in 10 villages for monks, village leaders, students, community members and sex workers, as well as providing short term shelter for women with HIV and their children who come from remote villages for medical treatment. Pangea funded a seamstress apprenticeship program for young women since 2010 and continued to do so in 2014 at Otalki market for 40 young women. Funding helped TTA provide technical and financial assistance for these women to start their own business.

WOMEN PEACEMAKERS (WPM) CambodiaA first year grantee, WPM  was founded in 2000 by a group of university students to address conflict issues in Cambodia. It has narrowed its focus to address issues related to women’s rights protection and gender-based violence. In 2014 Pangea funds were used to continue the expansion of their work by conducting three training workshops for women and girls.

MYANMAR (BURMA)

The funding noted for all three Myanmar grantees came from 2013 monies awarded in October. There was a pool set apart in 2014 to provide bridge grants as needed till the end of the year).

CWEG (Chin Empowerment Group) Myanmar: CWEG was formed in 2010. It is led by alumni of the EarthRights International  School in Thailand. Chin State is the least developed state in all of Myanmar.  Eighty percent of Chin people live in villages and work in an agrarian economy.  Women are the most vulnerable group in Chin society and CWEG works to change women’s subordinate role. Pangea funds were used to conduct gender awareness training for both men and women.  A vocational training program taught Chin women tailoring skills, allowing them to earn an income and improve their status in the family and community.

MEIKSWE Myanmar:  Meikswe was founded in 2004 to provide training and support to local organizations  in health, education, and community development projects. It is located in Lashio in Northern  Shan State about a 3 hour drive from the China border.

Health programs include  the health issues of women and children living with HIV/AIDS,  reproductive health education and promotion of community hygiene. Meikswe’s educational focus includes early childhood care and developmental awarenesss training for parents.  Increasingly, Meikswe is focusing on capacity building, strengthening the organizational and technical capacity of local organizations.

Pangea funds helped Meikswe to build their own capacity, supporting the following projects in two Lashio villages :

  • increased agricultural production with the purchase of  4 water buffalo.
  • increased education access  through boarding school fees for 5  middle and high school students
  • provided reproductive health training  to villagers
  • provided mentoring and support for savings groups.
  • capacity building in the Lihu and Lau villages,

MYO (Mon Youth Organization) Myanmar: The Mon Youth Organization, MYO, is a volunteer group of youths and young adults who have been initiating community development activities since 2001 in Mon State in southern Burma, south of Yangon. Their mission is to preserve traditional culture and to provide information regarding human rights and civic education.  Activities have been funded by volunteer and community donations. In addition, in 2011, a member who graduated from EarthRights International (ERI) School in Chiang Mai received a small grant from ERI to do women’s empowerment training. Beyond this, MYO does not have ongoing funding.

MYO has collaborated with local Mon monks and the Mon Literature and Cultural Committee to conduct a series of trainer workshops to facilitate Human Rights Awareness Raising. This is to address the low awareness among communities of the political changes in Myanmar and how they may impact their communities. Pangea  funded training in 18 villages.

THAILAND

ECCSD (Enhancing Community Capacity for Sustainable Development) Thailand:  The mission of ECCSD is to promote universal education and tolerance among ethnic groups along the Burmese border in Phang Nga province in southern Thailand. This small staff of three has created a network of peer students and parents – Burmese and Thai – to ensure the successful enrollment of Burmese children in schools. Pangea supported ongoing training of students and parents in leadership roles, leveraging meager resources to maximum effect, breaking down discriminatory biases and thereby increasing involvement in the communities in the goal of universal education. In 2014  teachers, migrant parents, Burmese informal community leaders, and Thai community leaders were trained in child rights/protection, laws related to migrant children, reproductive health, disaster preparedness, Burmese literacy skills and fundraising skills. This was the first of a two year grant commitment.

 

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CAMBODIA 2013

FEDA (Friends Economic Development Association), Cambodia:
FEDA was founded by volunteers in 1994 to serve the rural areas of Battambang Province, Cambodia. FEDA supports education and income generating projects, such as the women’s garment construction initiative, credit loans, tree planting, dry-rice farming, peace workshops, a restaurant, a youth band, a shop, an internet café  and a children’s educational center. In 2013 Pangea is focusing on capacity building through staff training and and support staffing costs for a young adult social enterprise program.

TEAN THOR (TTA), Cambodia: TTA is Khmer for “Acts of Compassion.” Based in Battambang, Cambodia, this group of trained social workers assist the poor and those handicapped from the civil war by focusing on food security, literacy and English language classes, vocational training and HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention. The last has included training in 10 villages for monks, village leaders, students, community members and sex workers, as well as providing short term shelter for women with HIV and their children who come from remote villages for medical treatment. Pangea had funded a seamstress apprenticeship program for young women over the prior three years and continued to do so in 2013. TTA helped graduates of this program get jobs or to set up their own businesses with loans and assistance.

MYANMAR (BURMA) 2013

CWEG (Chin Women’s Empowerment Group), Myanmar: CWEG was formed in 2010. It is led by an alumni of the EarthRights International  School in Thailand. Chin State is the least developed state in all of Myanmar.  Eighty percent of Chin people live in villages and work in an agrarian economy.  Women are the most vulnerable group in Chin society and CWEG works to change women’s subordinate role. Pangea funds were used to conduct gender awareness training for both men and women.  A vocational training program taught Chin women tailoring skills, allowing them to earn an income and improve their status in the family and community.

Meikswe, Myanmar: Meikswe was founded in 2004 to provide training and support to local organizations  in health, education, and community development projects. It is located in Lashio in Northern  Shan State about a 3 hour drive from the China border. Health programs include  the health issues of women and children living with HIV/AIDS,  reproductive health education and promotion of community hygiene. Meikswe’s educational focus includes early childhood care and developmental awarenesss training for parents.  Increasingly, Meikswe is focusing on capacity building; strengthening the organizational and technical capacity of local organizations. Pangea funds helped Meikswe to build their own capacity and to support the following projects in two Lashio villages :

  • increase agricultural production with the purchase of water buffaloes
  • increase education access  through boarding school fees for middle and high school students
  • provide reproductive health training  to villagers
  • provide mentoring and support for savings groups.

MYO (Mon Youth Organization), MyanmarMYO, is a volunteer group of youths and young adults who have been initiating community development activities since 2001 in Mon State in southern Burma, south of Yangon. Their mission is to preserve traditional culture and to provide information regarding human rights and civic education.  Activities have been funded by volunteer and community donations. In addition, in 2011, a member who graduated from EarthRights International (ERI) School in Chiang Mai received a small grant from ERI to do women’s empowerment training. Beyond this, MYO does not have ongoing funding. In 2013 MYO was collaborating with local Mon monks and the Mon Literature and Cultural Committee to conduct a series of trainer workshops to facilitate Human Rights Awareness Raising. This was to address the low awareness among communities of the political changes in Myanmar and how they may impact their communities. Pangea funded training in 18 villages.

THAILAND 2013

ECCSD (Enhancing Community Capacity for Sustainable Development), Thailand: The mission of ECCSD is to promote universal education and tolerance among ethnic groups along the Burmese border in Phang Nga province in southern Thailand. This small staff of three has created a network of peer students and parents – Burmese and Thai – to ensure the successful enrollment of Burmese children in schools. Pangea supported ongoing training of students and parents in leadership roles (leveraging meager resources to maximum effect), breaking down discriminatory biases and thereby increasing involvement in the communities in the goal of universal education. In 2013 funding helped expand schools accepting Burmese students and develop a mobile training program for at-risk youth.

TACDB (Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma)Thailand: Based in Bangkok, Thailand, TACDB was formed in 1989 to influence the Thai government’s policy regarding Burma, to educate the Thai people about the realities of life inside Burma and, most importantly, the human rights issues affecting Burmese migrants working on Thailand’s border with Burma. TACDB publishes a bi-monthly Labor Affairs Newsletter, conducts education and awareness activities for Burmese refugees, and provides legal support and protection for migrants whose human rights have been violated with regard to labor and criminal laws. TACDB’s work also includes law training for Burmese legal aid community volunteers. In this 5th year of support, Pangea continued to support human and legal rights in 13 provinces in Thailand, including law-awareness training.

 

CAMBODIA 2012

FEDA (Friends Economic Development Association) Cambodia: FEDA was founded by volunteers in 1994 to serve the rural areas of Battambang Province, Cambodia. FEDA supports education and income generating projects, such as the women’s garment construction initiative, credit loans, tree planting, dry-rice farming, peace workshops, a restaurant, a youth band, a shop, an internet café  and a children’s educational center. In 2012 Pangea  supported an 8-month certificate course – Social Enterprise and Peace-building – that prepares impoverished youth with the tools to become successful business people, including information technology and linkages to existing social enterprise projects. At the end of the program, grants were to be given to the youths who were best prepared with concept and tools to start a business.

KMR (Komar RikreayCambodia A  Pangea grantee for one year, Komar Rikreay was founded in 1998 to serve and protect vulnerable children in Battambang, Cambodia. Children, – ages 5 to 16 – who have been abandoned, trafficked or otherwise abused, are given shelter in 5 houses constructed by KMR.  Besides shelter and healthy food, services have grown over time to include education, vocational training and counseling. KMR added another building dedicated to children’s activities and vocational training and the center’s property now includes a games area, two hen houses, a fish pond, a garden and orchard, all servicing in the education of the children. In 2012 Pangea funded vocational training for 15 youth and support for 3 youth to start their own businesses.

TTA (Tean Thor) Cambodia:“Tean Thor” is Khmer for “Acts of Compassion.” Based in Battambang, Cambodia, this group of trained social workers assist the poor and those handicapped from the civil war by focusing on food security, literacy and English language classes, vocational training and HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention. The last has included training in 10 villages for monks, village leaders, students, community members and sex workers, as well as providing short term shelter for women with HIV and their children who come from remote villages for medical treatment. Pangea has funded a seamstress apprenticeship program for young women over the past three years. TTA helps graduates of this program get jobs or to set up their own businesses with loans and assistance.

THAILAND 2012

ECCSD (Enhancing Community Capacity for Sustainable Development) Thailand: The mission of ECCSD is to promote universal education and tolerance among ethnic groups along the Burmese border in Phang Nga province in southern Thailand. This small staff of three has created a network of peer students and parents – Burmese and Thai – to ensure the successful enrollment of Burmese children in schools. IN 2012, Pangea supported ongoing training of students and parents in leadership roles, leveraging meager resources to maximum effect, breaking down discriminatory biases and thereby increasing involvement in the communities in the goal of universal education.

TACDB (Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma)Thailand: TACDB was formed in 1989 to influence the Thai government’s policy regarding Burma, to educate the Thai people about the realities of life inside Burma and, most importantly, the human rights issues affecting Burmese migrants working on Thailand’s border with Burma. TACDB publishes a bi-monthly Labor Affairs Newsletter, conducts education and awareness activities for Burmese refugees, and provides legal support and protection for migrants whose human rights have been violated with regard to labor and criminal laws. TACDB’s work also includes law training for Burmese legal aid community volunteers.

CAMBODIA 2011

FEDA (Friends Economic Development Association) Cambodia: $7500 to continue the traditional music/dance program, construct a small beauty shop, and train 90 young women as beauty operators or massage therapists.

TTA (Tean Thor) Cambodia:  funding to continue the seamstress apprenticeship program funded last year, including opening an apprentice-staffed shop in a second market.

NEPAL 2011

ASHA Nepal  construction of 25 additional toilets with women’s groups in two Nepalese villages.

THAILAND 2011

Pattanarak Thai-Burma border Training of “trainers” to support peer education on HIV/AIDS prevention among Burmese youth ages 12-15 on both sides of the border. This fills a gap not covered by well-funded HIV education for older youth.

TACDB (Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma) Thai-Burma borderfunding to continue human and legal rights support for Burmese migrant workers (many undocumented) living in Thailand, and also for human trafficking victims.

CAMBODIA 2009 / 2010

FEDA (Friends Economic Development AssociationCambodia: $8750 to continue vocational training for a group of young artists supported with our 2008 grant,  The grant will train an additional 100 youth in traditional dance, music and performing arts while educating them about human rights and environmental issues.

TTA (Tean Thor) Cambodia: $5000 to establish a seamstress apprentice center in Battambang city, where there are more professional opportunities for seamstresses. The program will train 10 women at a time for three months each, for a total of 40 women during the next year.

NEPAL 2009/10

ASHA/Nepal : $9000 to fund construction of 25 toilets in two villages, educational trainings on sanitation and hygiene, and community mobilization on health issues.

THAILAND 2009/10

Pattanarak Thai-Burma border: $8750 to support a day care facility and feeding program for 110 migrant Burmese children and to educate the migrant Burmese community on educational opportunities and legal rights.

TACDB (Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma) Thai-Burma border: $10,000 to train 100 migrant workers on how to protect themselves and/or escape from exploitative working conditions (similar to 2008 grant).  The grant also provides consultation and legal aid where needed, and supports advocacy efforts to Thai government to amend laws related to migrant workers.

CAMBODIA 2008

FEDA (Friends Economic Development Assn) Cambodia:  funding to provide vocational training for youth in the performing arts and traditional dance and music. The youth were to be also be exposed to awareness raising on human rights and environmental issues.

Saboros Cambodia: funding to place young men and women (16-25 yrs old) in apprenticeship positions in private enterprise, and provide training and information resources to help them find employment when they complete their apprenticeship.

TTA (Tean Thor) Cambodia: funding to establish a sewing workshop in Battambang city for vulnerable young women to prevent them from being exploited and provide an income for themselves and their families close to their homes.

ASHA Nepal: funding to work with members of five women’s groups to construct 30 toilets.

Living Earth Institute Nepal: funding to provide safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to nine villages in the Bara district of Nepal. As part of the project, the communities will be provided training in health awareness and in social and economic improvements for women.

Maiti Nepalfunding to rescue girls from jail who were arrested while victims of human trafficking.

Pattanarak Thai-Burma border: funding to strengthen the capacity of village savings groups and the creation of community shops so residents would have access to more affordable goods and credit.

TACDB Thai-Burma border: funding to train migrant workers on their rights under Thai law, help build the capacity of the legal aid community volunteers, and support advocacy to the Thai government.