US$6,380.00Donated So Far
The Sermpanya Foundation needs your help!
Please join me in supporting the Sermpanya Foundation to raise urgent funds so my friend and collaborator, the director Mary Soan, along with her refugee and local Thai team can maintain their humanitarian work on the Thai-Myanmar border.
Sermpanya, which means 'sharing wisdom, encouraging knowledge' in Sanskit, works at the grassroots level by using a community-based approach, provides refugees, migrants and other vulnerable populations with accessible education and information concerning their health, their safety, their rights, and raises awareness of issues which will protect and help improve their lives. Through video and digital media campaigns created and disseminated in collaboration with NGO's and refugee communities, the programme has been able to reach the 93,000 - 150,000 refugees residing in the camps over the past 9 years, as well as over 10,000 students in over 42 Migrant Learning Centres on the Thai Myanmar border and over 6,000 villagers living in Thai/Karen villages and in rural Karen State in Myanmar. They have reached aggregate audiences of over 800,000 people with well over 4,000 mobile screenings. Media Training courses empower refugees to learn film related skills which allow them to create films with stories in their own voice and culture which are then shared with their communities to raise awareness and provide education on important topics which bring benefit to their lives and much needed hope as they face the future.
Mary, together with her film industry colleagues, has been providing training in film production skills including photography, lighting, sound recording, editing, scriptwriting, directing, acting, dubbing, voice over, animation and motion graphics, which empowers refugees to find their own voice, brings livelihood opportunities and allows them to develop self confidence and a sense of hope for the future.
Now with several promised funds becoming unavailable due to the pandemic, the Sermpanya Foundation needs urgent support. Having been involved personally for 8 years with the organisation and having spent time in the camps with Mary and the team, I know first hand the difference your donation will make to the lives of thousands of refugees, migrants and rural villagers along the Thai-Myanmar border. Some of the refugees have been there for over 30 years and it is still not safe for them to return home. The hopelessness of the situation is also having serious mental health consequences.
I ask you to please give what you can - every dollar makes a difference - small donations from a lot of people can help hundreds of thousands of people living vulnerable lives.
For more information please go to www.sermpanya.org.
- Zoe Miller
- Funds Captain
- Jamie Bower
- Claire Breen Melwani
10th February 2021Update posted by Sermpanya Foundation at 03:09 am
On Tuesday night, 10th February, a devastating fire broke out in Mae La camp and burned 50 houses to the ground leaving 281 refugees with nothing but the clothes they were sleeping in. 29 other houses sheltering 144 refugees were also affected as they had to destroy their leaf roofs. . . . .
December 24 2020 - Wishing everyone a safe and happy holidays where ever you are!Update posted by Sermpanya Foundation at 09:53 am
Dear Supporters, woke up this morning to two donations which was a great Christmas present! Thank you! Thanks to Jamie's shout out on Instagram and all your incredible support, we have managed to make it to the end of 2020! It's just wonderful!The good news is that we have continued. . . . .
Wednesday 14 October 2020Update posted by Sermpanya Foundation at 10:09 am
Dear Supporters! Thank you so much for the wonderful donations that everyone has given so far! You may have heard on the news that Covid-19 cases are on the increase in Myanmar now. Three truck drivers delivering goods across the border from Myanmar to the markets here in Thailand tested. . . . .
Thursday 8th October 2020Update posted by Sermpanya Foundation at 01:30 am
Dear Supporters - So gratified to see the donations growing and to see the global reach of the support! Every donation helps us to bring benefit to those living vulnerable lives, so please do continue to support if you can! Thank you again to everyone who has supported so far!
Friday 2nd OctoberUpdate posted by Sermpanya Foundation at 02:25 pm
It's so heartening to see the support continuing and growing! Thank you for helping at this very challenging time! Mary
Thank you to everyone so far!Update posted by Sermpanya Foundation at 01:05 am
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported so far, and a huge thank you to you Jamie! I am attending a borderwide health meeting today but will be checking in throughout the day! Maryx