The camps not run without the input of thousands of refugee workers and community leaders.
Below, we highlight some of those who lead many activities or participate in different camp programmes.
Improving Water, Boosting Health
Working with mothers and children meant that auxiliary nurse Daw Khi Ohn Myint was familiar with health challenges such as diarrhea and skin disease that were commonly experienced in Chit Kweit village in Bawlakhe Township, Karenni/Kayah State.
Providing Shelter for the Most Vulnerable
Life was throwing up many challenges for Padee Go Laa at a time when he was in little position to cope. The elderly refugee had lived alone for ten years in Mae La camp after his only daughter returned to Burma/Myanmar.
Setting Up a Successful Business
New micro-entrepreneur Kay Lee deftly serves a series of customers at her food shop while explaining how she has succeeded in improving the financial situation of her household. The mother of four came to Umpiem Mai camp in 2010 to escape conflict and persecution.
Taking a Lead on Nutrition
Work opportunities are limited in camp settings and it can be a challenge for young people to find their way in life. One young woman who has found a fulfilling path after some trial and error is Say Say Paw, 24. After studying until the 10th grade, Say Say Paw started work as a trainer with the Right To Play NGO.