Graduates of the EarthRights Schools (ERS) are a group of inspiring individuals from Burma and the Mekong region dedicated to the non-violent defense of human rights, the advancement of social change and the prevention of environmental abuses. Find out what they're doing now at the Alumni blog.

It was a hot, humid day in Can Tho, the biggest city in Mekong delta, when I was traveling from the land to Son Island. Even though it was only 15 minutes from the city, just a few of local people know about it. Maybe, it’s not an attractive place for tourism.

In 2008, Cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 138,000 people in Myanmar. After witnessing the suffering and turmoil during the aftermath, Sandi made up her mind to work to improve the lives of people living in rural communities.

Bo Law was 7 years old when fighting erupted between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese Military in his village. Bo law, his pregnant mother, aunt and three year old brother fled into the jungle as their home and surrounding village was engulfed in flames.

The Mawchi tin mines have inflicted decades of environmental and social damage in southern Karenni State and new expansion plans should be halted, according "Lost Paradise," a new report by the Molo Women Mining Watch Network.

Burma Alumni

are human rights and environmental activists from diverse ethnic backgrounds. They form part of the vibrant civil society in Burma and communities along the Thai-Burma border working to better the lives of their people.

Mekong Alumni

are activists from each of the six Mekong countries. They voice concerns about the impacts of development projects and related human rights, transparency and participation issues within the Greater Mekong region.