THE TRAVEL PROJECT - Thoo Mweh Khee Migrant Learning Center
Organized by: Sarah Razmann
Who We Are:
5 performing artists, all SUNY Buffalo alumni, who feel passionately about giving children opportunities in the arts, specifically in remote areas where they otherwise wouldn't have access.
What We Do:
Under the umbrella of The Radium Girls Productions (www.theradiumgirlsproductions.com) in NYC, we are proud and honored to be invited to Thoo Mweh Khee Migrant Learning Center (www.thoomwehkheeschool.org) and offer a week's worth of performance workshops. Thoo Mweh Khee lies on the border of Burma and western Thailand in the district of Phop Prah. The school, founded in 2001, offers education and learning tools to students aged pre-k to post-high school. It was founded in response to a vast amount of migrant Karen children that were displaced from Burma, and subsequently left without formal education because of their lack of Thai language skills and citizenship. Beginning with just two sections of kindergarten level classes, the school continues to grow each year and build relationships with like minded learning centers in order to provide an increased number of students education from an array of national and international volunteer teachers. TRG founders: Amanda McDowall, Kelsey Mathes, and Jacqueline Raymond have partnered with innovative teaching artists Sarah Razmann and Eliza Maher to bring a youth outreach workshop to a community in Northern Thailand this August/September of 2016. Eliza has previously volunteered at Thoo Mweh Khee, and after an overwhelming response from the school and their students, she initiated our larger artistic mission: THE TRAVEL PROJECT. This week-long workshop will bring the performing arts to youth in poverty stricken villages with the hopes of inspiring creativity, joy, and self confidence through the arts.
Why We Need Your Help:
These regional communities, proud of their unique identity, have important stories to tell, and in collaboration will learn new skills to express their talents. We are not there to only impart our culture, but to experience first hand how theatrical pedagogy can adapt 8,000 miles away. While our group can pay out of pocket for living expenses and travel within Thailand, we need YOUR HELP to get there and back. We are asking for aid in paying for flights, and additional donation money for the Thoo Mweh Khee Migrant Learning Center -- anything and everything helps! We appreciate the time you took to read this and to donate to this amazing school.