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Profiling Project of Temporary Shelters along the Thai-Myanmar Border


The profiling exercise will take place in the following 9 temporary shelters in 4 provinces:

      1.Mae Hong Son province

  • Ban Mai Nai Soi temporary shelter
  • Ban Mae Surin temporary shelter
  • Mae Ra Ma Luang temporary shelter
  • Mae La Oon temporary shelter

    2.Tak province
  • Mae La temporary shelter
  • Um Pium temporary shelter
  • Nupo temporary shelter

    3.Kanchanaburi province
  • Ban Don Yang temporary shelter

    4.Ratchaburi province
  • Tham Hin temporary shelter



Approximately 130,000 people in 9 temporary shelters along the Thai - Myanmar border


Project Duration

2013 - Present



The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Royal Thai Government


Project Background

The Mae Fah Laung Foundation under Royal Patronage has been approached by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist in implementing “the Profiling Project of Temporary Shelters along the Thai - Myanmar Border” in order to understand the demographics and future livelihood preferences of the displaced people within the shelters as the Foundation has been recognized for its neutrality and expertise in people - centric approach to sustainable development. The information gathered from this “understanding” will serve as a basis in helping prepare the futures of approximately 130,000 displaced people  beyond their lives in the temporary shelters based upon their wishes and real needs. The data will help relevant agencies in designing appropriate policies and preparedness programs for the displaced people, including capacity building, vocational training and long term livelihood development for the people to be able to help themselves in the future.

Prior to the implementation of the Project, several delegations from the UNHCR visited the Doi Tung Development Project in 2012, including the Director of UNHCR Asia Bureau and the regional team, the UNHCR regional and Myanmar representatives together with representatives from different central and local government agencies in Myanmar as well as their field officers, in order to understand the MFLF’s principle and approach.


Profiling Exercise

The Profiling exercise emphasizes a consensual, participatory, and voluntary process and has been carried out with full consent from all the key parties concerned. In January 2013, the MFLF, the UNHCR, the Karen Refugee Committee (KRC), representatives of the 9 temporary shelters, the Community-Based Organizations (CBO), and Thai government had a workshop at the Doi Tung Development Project to align understanding and obtain agreement from all relevant parties on the profiling exercise. The KRC and all 9 temporary shelters gave consensus on the profiling project to be implemented by the MFLF, and identified Mae La temporary shelter as the pilot site. All parties agreed that personal details of the participants in the Profiling activity would be kept confidentially and only overall summary information would be shared.

The questionnaire for the profiling exercise has been developed through various rounds of consultations and feedback from relevant stakeholders, particularly, the displaced people themselves to capture information essential for the planning of future livelihoods for the displaced people. Volunteers identified by the community have been trained by the MFLF to conduct the survey for the fellow residents and record the data using tablet computers to ensure accurate information.