Project: Burmese Refugee Project

Country: Thailand

Michelle, was the first recipient of the LMJ Humanitarian award. She had worked closely with Lauren at the Moreau Center at the University of Portland. She had also completed her Masters degree in international human rights from Curtin University, Bentley, Australia before leaving for Thailand. Her international volunteer experience was working with the Shan rufugees who live in the border region between Burma and Thailand. This project is operated by the Burmese Refugee Project. Michelle created and maintained an art program among the children as a means of helping them express some of the feelings and trauma of the refugee experience. She spent 5 months on this trip and has since, been back to Thailand and hopes to create a non-profit of her own to continue to assist the refugees.