What is DEAR Burma?
DEAR Burma is a school for Burmese migrant workers living in Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 2002 and with an average enrollment per semester of 1,500 to 2,000 students, it has had a significant impact on the socio-cultural landscape of migrants in Bangkok and beyond.
Beyond traditional language and education classes, DEAR Burma also holds courses in Burmese culture, music, and others. There is free legal aid for migrant works, and protests that have successfully changed legislature.
The photography class
In 2013, Public Delivery set up a photography class at the school. It started with the most basic equipment: Smartphones, and reflectors made out of aluminum foil and a broomstick, considering the realistic living circumstances and financial opportunities of the students.
It then grew into a more professional project. Some of the students managed to turn their knowledge gained during their education into professional photographer careers, escaping a generational cycle of extreme poverty.