FilmAsia registered the Sermpanya Foundation in Thailand in 2015 in order to extend our reach to support programmes operating outside the refugee camp environment. Sermpanya was chosen as the Thai name of the FilmAid Asia Foundation, and translates as ‘sharing wisdom’ or ‘encouraging knowledge’.

Due to the porous nature of the Thailand Myanmar border and the creation of a Special Economic Zone spanning several ‘Friendship Bridges’ that join the two countries - thousands of Myanmar nationals cross the border every year, becoming migrant workers in Thailand. Migrant workers bring their families with them and now over 60 Migrant Learning Centres exist along the border ro support their children’s education. The Migrant Learning Centres provide an opportunity for education for migrant children who are not eligible to enrol in the Thai school system.

Since June 2015 we have been bringing our educational mobile screenings to the Migrant Learning Centres and are now reaching 35 schools. The Migrant Learning Centres are supported by non-profit organisations - both local and international - and we work in partnership with these organisations


The Mae Sot head office supports a staff of 7 Thai and Myanmar nationals and co-ordinates all the programmes in the 9 camps, in Tak Province and across the border in Myanmar.

In Mae La shelter camp we support 11 staff with 16 screening staff in the remaining 8 camps. We support other refugees as daily workers, as actors, voice over artists etc.

There are 9 camps spread North to South along the Thai Myanmar border - Ban Mai Nai Soi (Site 1), Ban Mae Surin (Site 2), Mae La Oon, Mae Ra Ma Luang, Umpiem Mai, Nu Po, Mae La, Tham Hin and Ban Don Yang. FilmAid Asia has teams in each camp with the main base in Mae La camp.

The northern camps are particularly remote and some cannot be reached during the rainy season.

OUT PATIENT DEParTments (OPD) in Ante natal clinics ALONG THE Border

Sermpanya Foundation is supporting OPD patients by bringing Mother and Child health care videos in local languages to be watched while waiting for appointments.


TB treatment is can last many months and Sermpanya Foundation has provided a television kit to provide residents of the TB Clinic to watch educational, informational and entertainment videos.


Our mobile cinema has brought night screenings to Karen Thai Villages with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture education and health topics. Future projects plan to tackle alcohol and drug issues.

Map thanks to The Border Consortium ©TBBC 2011

Map thanks to The Border Consortium ©TBBC 2011

In 2011 there were over 150,000 refugees in the 9 camps, but by 2016, with resettlement and the change in government across the border, refugee numbers have fallen - according to UNHCR figures there are still nearly 98,000 remaining in the camps. Those who lost their homes and livelihoods, those who were disabled by landmines and attacks, those who are born in the camps - all are facing the challenges of finding a way to repatriate as ceasefires break down, the Burmese military continue to confiscate land and terrorise villages, and building of civil society and local infrastructure does not materialise.


  • รวบรวมและเผยแพร่ข้อมูลข่าวสารที่เป็นปัจจัยสำคัญต่อการพัฒนาครอบครัว ชุมชน และสังคม

  • ดำเนินกิจกรรมทีเป็นประโยชน์เพื่อสังคมและสาธารณะประโยชน์

  • ดำเนินการหรือร่วมมือกับองค์กรการกุศลอื่นๆ เพื่อสาธารณะประโยชน์       

  • ไม่ดำเนินการเกี่ยวกับการเมืองแต่ประการใด

  • เพื่อส่งเสริมและพัฒนาคุณภาพชีวิต ในด้านสาธารณสุขพื้นฐาน การประกอบอาชีพ การเรียนรู้และการศึกษาการพัฒนาชุมชน และ การรักษาสิ่งแวดล้อมให้ แก่ ประชาชนทั่วไป ผู้หญิงและเด็ก ในชุมชนที่ขาดแคลน

  • เพื่อบรรเทาความทุกข์และความยากจนให้กับผู้หญิงและเด็กในชุมชนที่ขาดแคลน

  • เพื่อส่งเสริมและสนับสนุน ด้านการศึกษาและการเรียนรู้ แก่เด็ก นักเรียน ประชาชนทั่วไป และสาธารณกุศล

Our Mobile Cinema

  • Our Screening Teams reach all areas of the 9 camps

  • Day screenings are held in community spaces, section offices, schools and halls

  • Night screenings are held in open areas under the stars or in go downs

  • OPD & TB Village Screenings

  • Our Mae Sot team screens twice weekly in Migrant Learning Centres during term time

  • Thai Village Screenings

  • OPD Clinic Screenings

  • TB Clinic Screenings


Mobile Cinema

Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee camp