The Colabora Birmania Team
In 2008, four people who hadn´t met were experiencing the same restlessness and each decided to embark on a journey around the world. What they didn´t know was that their curiosity for the unknown and their willingness to work would bring them together in Mae Sot, a small town in Thailand, 4 km from the Burmese border. There they met volunteering in schools for Burmese immigrants, giving English classes to children and to Buddhist monks. As time went on, they discovered the reality of a people who, subject to the injustices of a dictatorship, have seen it necessary to flee their country. After this experience, the four former strangers decided to create an organization and work together with the Burmese refugees in Mae Sot in a professional and permanent way. And thus, Colabora Birmania was born, in October of 2009: a project that to this day we continue fighting for with the same vigor as the first day, together with new professionals who have joined us along the way.
Administration and Marketing
With degrees in Commercial Management and Marketing from ESIC (Higher School of Business Engineers) and in NGO Promotion and Management from the Complutense University of Madrid, Carmen has spent the last 10 years working in the NGO sector in Spain, Venezuela, New Zealand, and Thailand. Co-founder of Colabora Birmania, she splits her time between Spain and Thailand, organizing fundraising events and planning projects with our students´ families in Mae Sot.
Javier studied Business Administration at HESEF (Higher School of Economics and Finance, Barcelona) and Marketing and Public Relations at ESMA (Higher School of Marketing and Administration), as well as holds a Master´s degree in Commercial Management from ISM/ESIC Business and Marketing School. Specialist in mass distribution of consumer electronics and co-founder of Colabora Birmania, Javier´s extensive experience in managing teams and his knowledge about the reality of the Burmese people make him the ideal person to head up Colabora Birmania on-site, managing our finances, projects, and offices in Thailand and Myanmar.
Communication and design
Co-founder of Colabora Birmania and Asia enthusiast, Marc has worked for 10 years in advertising agencies and companies. He is in charge of giving shape to our cause, so that the foundation´s sponsors and other supporters may see our projects with their own eyes without leaving home. Between Barcelona and Mae Sot, he handles both online and offline communications. When on-site, he loves to visit our schools and get the best smiles out of the kids, one of the simplest tasks.
Licentiate in Tourism, Meri is a co-founder of Colabora Birmania. Sensitive and active, she works every day to maintain good relations with the schools, doing regular monitoring, as well as looking out for new projects.
Customer services and social media
Licentiate in Advertising and Public Relations from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Sara entered the workforce at a small communications agency where she worked for 7 years coordinating social campaigns for children. She knows each and every one of the children at Safe House orphanage very well, and they greatly look forward to her visits. Each week she prepares content to share our work through social networking sites and our blog.
Aung Myo Swe
Former professor at the Km 42 school, Aung Myo Swe has stood out through the years for his versatility. He speaks Burmese, English, and Thai, which helps us greatly when we need to visit the projects and speak with the students and their families. With his proficiency in office software, he is key for writing reports, recording and editing videos, and having direct contact with the school directors.
Mue Phaung Htaunt
Back Office (Thailand)
Mue, wants to be in touch with people from different ethnic minorities and religions. She was borne in the Karen State (Myanmar) and she was working as a volunteer at her village and some other´s teaching the youngest.
She loves kids and she is the one in charge of photos, activities with the kids, and birthday postcards. She is a key support at the Mae Sot office, also translating documents, contracts and files from Karen to Burmese and English. She is Aung Myo Swe´s right hand to deal with the daily basis work at the office and the projects.