Harnessing The Power of film to Inform, Educate and inspire
PROJECTING HOPE. CHANGING LIVES.
Responding to the needs of refugees displaced by over 3 decades of conflict along the Myanmar Thai border, FilmAid Asia was set up as a registered charity in 2011 by a dedicated board of philanthropic business leaders in Hong Kong. Supported by their generosity and the creation of an annual fundraising Power of Film Gala, FilmAid Asia’s Thailand programme serves nine refugee camps situated along the Thailand Myanmar border.
In 2015 the creation of the FilmAid Foundation, known in Thai as Sermpanya Foundation, allowed FilmAid Asia’s programme to be extended to include the migrant student communities and ethnic Thai Karen villages in the province.
FilmAid Asia’s programme methodology is based on the operational model created by FilmAid International, the founding organisation which was set up by independent filmmakers in response to the refugee crisis in Kosovo in 1999. After nearly two decades of innovation, FilmAid has become an international leader in sharing life-saving information and education to communities in need, providing skills training in the media arts and amplifying the voices of displaced youth by building confidence and hope in those who want to build a better future. FilmAid Kenya supports a comprehensive programme in the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps in East Africa as well as projects in the slums in Nairobi.
Using a community-based, and multi-channel approach, FilmAid provides displaced people with actionable information about their rights, their safety, their health, and raises awareness of issues which will protect and help improve their lives. Through video and digital media campaigns created and distributed in collaboration with refugee communities, FilmAid Asia has reached over 150,000 refugees annually as well as over 8,000 students learning in Migrant Schools on the border. Media Training courses empower the refugees to learn film related skills which will allow them to create films with stories in their own voice and culture which can are then shared with their communities to raise awareness and provide education on important topics which will benefit their lives and bring hope as they face the future.
Operating at a primarily grassroots level through the FilmAid Foundation, FilmAid Asia is able to reach those who are living vulnerable lives by nuturing their talent and creativity and enabling FilmAid Asia to Project Hope, and Change Lives in a language and culture that is readily accessible and understood.