| Our Mission 

Partners Asia forges relationships with local leaders who work to serve the needs of “invisible” populations—refugees, migrants, ethnic minorities, LGBTQI,—living primarily along the Thailand-Myanmar border.

We elevate the work of these local groups and support them as they grow. We do not “help” our partners. Instead, we listen to what they say they need, and follow their lead. We partner.

And we bridge the gap between local organizations and global funding.

| Local = Smart

Local leaders know the best about what’s needed on the ground. They are the closest to the issues. They know the history of how things happen. And they have the relationships to get things done.

By supporting their work, we invest in projects that have a much better chance of creating real and lasting change.

Our role is to listen to what our partners are saying and build-up their initiatives though funding, technical support, and introductions to a wider network of colleagues.

We accompany our partners, and we show deep respect for their expertise and leadership.

| Trust 

For 20 years, we have championed a model of philanthropy that turns-the-tables on traditional power dynamics.

This is by design. We want to make sure that marginalized groups have the confidence, skills, and influence they need to survive and thrive. And the power to do it.

This means that our work is more than dollars. We build-up local initiatives, weave coalitions of like-minded local organizations, and educate others on how to shift their philanthropic practices towards more equal and inclusive partnerships.

By taking an approach that goes beyond just projects and funding, we play the long game. And we build a platform for solidarity and real power.

To see our Theory of Change, click here. To see an Overview of our focus, click here.

COVID: WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Our partners on the ground have not been staying still, even though this virus is posing challenges no one could have predicted.

Throughout Thailand, migrant schools are now completely closed. Children are now sitting idle in crowded apartments and makeshift houses, while parents have no work.

No one can go out for fear of being separated, or worse, arrested and put in a crowded detention center. Many families have no way to get food.

But our partners have been able to shift their efforts and respond to the new needs of their communities.

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