There are over 100,000 refugees along the Thai-Burmese border. They escape from the brutal Burmese Regime, in the hopes of finding a better life.
WEAVE works to build the capacity of displaced women in and outside of the refugee camps along the Thai-Burma, India-Burma and China-Burma borders, so that they are able to take responsibility for their own lives.
Through the Women's Capacity Development Project, technical and financial support is provided to various displaced ethnic women's organisations .
WEAVE trains local teachers so that the community's skills for supporting schools and children are improved, so that in the long term they are no longer reliant on help from NGO’s.
The WEAVE Economic Empowerment and Development programs provide refugee women with the appropriate training to further their self-development and to generate critical income for health and education needs for their families.
Research, Publication and Documentation (RPD) provides campaign education materials on women and children’s public health. It designs, produces, and disseminates culturally appropriate materials in Burmese, Karen, and other ethnic languages such as Chin, Karenni, Lahu, Mon, Kachin and Shan. The topics range from reproductive health, HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition, family planning, childcare, to violence against women.
WEAVE has a fairtrade shop in Mae Sot in partnership with the Thai Tribal Crafts, a fair trading organization that works with hill tribes in Northern Thailand.
WEAVE is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
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Today, women and children refugees face discrimination, low wages, poor living conditions, and have no basic human rights protection from the Thai government.
In the communities where WEAVE works -- along the Thai-Burma border -- immediate family members, communities and caregivers play a vital role.
Motivated by the vision of a world where women and their children are free to excercise their human rights, WEAVE is committed to teaching women to become socially, economically and politically empowered.
WEAVE prioritises community efforts that build teacher’s capacities and empower children through active participatory methods. This begins by identifying the concerns and issues that are a priority for young children, and then defining viable and culturally appropriate interventions to enhance the capacities of families and communities to act on their decisions.
WEAVE’s 20 years of experience confirm that caregivers, families, and communities are the first line of support to children’s safety and early childhood development. Moreover, the family and community involvement is crucial to any program of work that advances the rights of children and women and which creates the social change necessary to foster and support improvements. WEAVE’s experience in designing and implementing community development projects has shown that meaningful participation leads to lasting support for Early Childhood Development interventions. It is long-term community involvement that results in social change that advances children’s rights. Improving the rights of young children ensures healthy growth and development though changes in social norms and practices. Since these changes do not happen overnight, a holistic approach is fundamental to address this deep-rooted social challenge.
WEAVE (Women's Education for Advancement and Empowerment) has offices in Chiang Mai, Mae Sot and Mae Hong Son. Projects are based in Karen and Karenni refugee camps along the Thai Burma border. We have recently extended our work to cover the Indo-Burmese border.