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.

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 show deep respect for their expertise and leadership.

Invest in Leaders

For nearly 30 years, we have been investing in leadership. It is a good bet. Local organizations have a dedication to their communities that is unparalleled. And a level of ingenuity that is rarely recognized.

By supporting their work, we do more with less. And invest in projects that have a much better chance of creating real change.

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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