We interview people of Burma from all walks of life; migrants, ethnic leaders and activists, freedom fighters, refugees and internally displaced people to tell about their ongoing struggle for freedom and justice, and share their stories with the world. These are unheard stories of incredible spirit of resilience and courage, voices of hope and dreams that have emerged from decades of oppression. We share these stories with the global community in English and with the local communities in Burmese in order to promote national reconciliation, justice and equality in Burma, and to empower and inspire the people with a glimmer of hope for their future. With our passion, commitment and constant strive for excellence, we can give a voice to those who are silenced and empower the people of Burma. In March 2016, we published a book of life stories, “Lives on the Line: Voices for Change from the Thailand-Burma Border,” after successfully raising the funds for the project through an online crowdfunding platform. The book brings stories of Burma’s ethnic nationalities from the border area to local and international audiences in Burmese and English.
Burma Link’s AOC Leadership Program consists of two modules: (1) Empowered Life and Leadership Skills (ELLS), and (2) Storytelling and Information Sharing. The first three days of the program (ELLS) aim at developing essential life and leadership skills such as confidence, honesty and courage, responsible citizenship, and the ability to effectively deal with others. During the last two days, the participants learn how to help their community members realize the value of their voice and have their stories heard. Upon successful completion of the intensive 5-day program, participants become part of Burma Link’s AOC Leadership Network. Burma Link currently has a network of 30 AOCs from various ethnic nationalities. Trainings have been conducted with graduate students from higher education schools on the border, including Wide Horizons, the Australian Catholic University (ACU), and Thoo Mweh Khee (TMK) (GED level). In 2015, we paused the training activities and focused on developing the ELLS training modules in English and Burmese, which we aim to make widely available as a training module to promote ethical and empowered leadership with all youngsters from Burma.
Burma Link’s English website launched in December 2012 and serves as the link between the world and the people of Burma, helping the world reach in and understand the underlying dynamics and current conditions in Burma and on the Thailand-Burma border. The website presents a host of background information on Burma and the Thailand-Burma border, the most comprehensive package of information related to the situation easily accessible online. The website also creates a platform for the people of Burma to have their voices heard, and includes a comprehensive collection of resources including reports, documentaries, news, articles and press releases.
Burma Link’s Burmese website launched in October 2013 and serves as the link between the people of Burma, helping the people connect with each other and understand the underlying dynamics and current conditions in Burma and on the Thailand-Burma border. The website presents a host of background information on Burma and the Thailand-Burma border, creates a platform for the people of Burma to have their voices heard locally, and includes a collection of key resources compiled from different sources.
We aim to plan and execute various projects such as documentaries, research, musical productions, and events that help Burma’s marginalised ethnic nationalities and displaced conflict-affected communities have their voices heard in effective and creative ways and be used as advocacy tools by local actors.