Our partners are working to tip the scales so that all individuals have an equal opportunity to reach their potential–regardless of their gender or sexuality.

They mentor emerging leaders, support women’s savings and loan groups, create networking opportunities, develop communications training, and teach workshops of all kinds.

Here are a few of their stories:

Burmese Women’s Union

“We have already noticed that these women are starting to question how taxes are used.”

“They are looking at water shortages and healthcare differently. They are seeing how problems with water and healthcare are related to budgeting and economic policy,” says Tin Tin Nyo, of the Burmese Women’s Union.

Tin Tin works for the Burmese Women’s Union, but the people she is talking about are not city-dwellers, nor do they have traditional educations.

They are women who live in poverty in remote, rural areas in Myanmar, and they have just gone through a 10-day training on Gender and Economics.

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Group for Children

What and If. Two very powerful words.

When Khun Adun learned that his students were coming to school hungry, he asked, “What if ?” What if students could be fed 3 meals a day?

But families simply didn’t have enough money. Migrant parents were working for between $6-$8 a day (well below Thailand’s minimum wage of $10/day).

Adun persisted. What if students’ development weren’t hampered by nutrition? And what if parents could get ahead of unexpected expenses like hospital bills?

What if there were a way to give hard-working migrant parents a simple cushion, a buffer?

These were the kind of questions that started a small but wildly successful enterprise—women’s savings groups.

Surprisingly, the “success” of these groups wasn’t only financial. It led to other positive things no one could have predicted.

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Colors Rainbow

If you live in Myanmar, not being straight can be a very dangerous proposition. Not being straight and living in a rural area can be even more risky.

Aye Aye Mon puts it this way: “We teach these middle-schoolers to value themselves, because they grew up in an environment where they are put down at every level.”

“Kids already have such negative perceptions of LGBT people that if they find themselves to be LGBT, it is likely that they will try to kill themselves.”

“This is a big problem, and very dangerous,” she explained.

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