GlobeMed at Emory University partners with Migrant Assistant Program Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand to empower Burmese migrant communities.
GlobeMed at Emory University + MAP Foundation
GlobeMed at Emory University | Atlanta, Georgia
Migrant Assistance Program (MAP) Foundation | Mae Sot, Thailand
MAP Foundation runs two community radio stations and one emergency house for Burmese migrants.
“University students are people who will make changes for a better global society including safe migration. MAP Foundation wants to provide opportunity for this active generation to learn the situation of migration and wants to raise understanding and awareness relevant to migration issues to them.”
– Ms. Kanchana Di-ut, MAP Foundation Program Director
About the Partnership
MAP Foundation was founded in 1996 to empower migrant communities living and working in Thailand. MAP believes that by providing migrants with the right to stay securely in their home country while migrating safely with the dignity of human rights and freedom, they will help create a country where all migrants are fully respected and observed. The GlobeMed chapter at Emory University felt immediately connected with MAP Foundation’s emphasis on human rights and dignity when their partnership began in the fall of 2011. Since beginning its partnership, the GlobeMed chapter has supported MAP Foundation’s Migrant Health and Well-being Training Program.
Since Fall 2011, GlobeMed at Emory University has worked with MAP Foundation to raise over $4,000 to fund a Migrant Health and Well-being Training Project for Burmese migrant communities in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This comprehensive training program will teach migrants about health issues, health and human rights, and how to access health care and education provided by the Thai government, ultimately empowering migrants.
After initiating the program with ten communities, MAP Foundation and GlobeMed at Emory believe that community leaders will continue the education of their communities themselves so that the program may expand to a number of other communities along the Thai/Burmese border and ultimately shape a more positive future for thousands of Burmese migrants.