Eight high-profile Thai personalities have joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to launch its “Namjai for Refugees” campaign.
The campaign was officially launched on Friday.
The celebrities are calling on the Thai public to bring Namjai for refugees and to join their teams by donating at www.unhcr.or.th. Donations will be used to improve the lives of refugees in Thailand, including the Myanmar refugee children and women living in nine border camps, some of them for over 30 years.
“The global refugee crisis is dominating news headlines,” said actress and model Praiya (Pu) Suandokmai. “As Thai people, we can be part of the global response by starting to lend your support to refugees in Thailand. My team aims to raise our voice for refugee women, including single mothers who experience great loss in their lives and need support to stand on their own for their children and family. Join me and Khun Sanchai’s team and we will keep you posted on how our designs go.”
According to the UNHCR, the celebrities were divided into four teams with four important missions:
• Pu teamed up with eminent designer Jirat “Sanchai” Subpisankul to design a limited edition T-shirt to highlight the situation of refugee women
• Musician and singer Saharat “Kong” Sangkapricha joined best-selling songwriter Jakrawut “Van” Sawangpol to compose a special song for refugees
• Actor Sunny Suwanmethanon joined hands with renowned sit-com director Piyakarn “Mook” Budprasert to produce a short video on how to pay Namjai forward
• Editor and writer, Wongthanong “Nong” Chainarongsingha collaborated with talented illustrator Pattarida “Pang” Prasarnthong to create a special book about refugees.
"I will use my talent as a singer to work with Khun Van to compose a song for refugees. I hope that this song will inspire Thai people to extend our Namjai to fellow human beings. And most importantly, I’d like UNHCR to bring this special song to refugees to let them know that there are people who care about them and give them encouragement to stay strong with the hope of a new life," said singer Kong.