BURMA HUMANITARIAN MISSION

Rating: 4.95 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 3395 E Deer Hollow Circle Sandy UT 84092 USA

Mission: Burma Humanitarian Mission supports community-based healthcare and education projects that improve the lives of the children of Burma and their communities. We empower people around the world to exercise their health to advocate for a healthy and vibrant Burma where the human rights of all people are honored.
Results: BHM will provide over one million doses of medicine in 2012. We estimate that with every two dollars spent on our medical programs one life is saved.
Target demographics: Villagers in eastern Burma, particularly children under 17
Direct beneficiaries per year: 50,000+ people for medical programs, 500,000+ for education programs
Geographic areas served: eastern Burma, western Thailand
Programs: Backpack Health Worker training Medicines & supplies for mobile medic teams Medicines & supplies for fixed clinics Supporting the education of refugee & migrant youth from Burma Empowering youth leadership Empowering refugee communities in the US Advocating for the ethnic minorities of Burma Empowering at risk girls to stay free of the sex and drug trade Enabling people in the US to exercise their health while advocating for the peoples of Burma
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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435-487-9244
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Rating: 5 stars  

Every year I am proud to update this review by staying that we have done more to help the people of Burma than in previous years. Thank you for continuing to support our work. We are honored to carry it out on your behalf.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We've done some great work this year! Thanks to the Transparent Fish Fund and Alternative Gifts International, we've been able to continually expand the reach of the medicines we supply and we continue to provide the resources for training new medics. We also have expanded our education efforts by providing more scholarships to refugee youth along the Thai-Burma border as well as for refugees from Burma who have resettled in the US. And I'm so excited by what our partner organizations have accomplished with having the Minmahaw School recognized as a legal foundation in Thailand and the amazing efforts of Girl Determined to empower at risk girls.

There is a curse that says "May you live in interesting times"and times are indeed interesting in Burma. As much as we'd all love to believe that democracy is moving things in a positive direction, the truth for the populations we serve is that they are more imperiled than ever before. Despite ceasefire agreements, the actuality of military violence remains and this is coupled with the threats of land seizures for development and people returning to villages after years of living as refugees without adequate security or infrastructure to support them.

Our work remains as critical as it ever was - perhaps more so, and I just want to express a heart felt thanks to the volunteers and donors who make this possible. And thank you so very much to our wonderful board who works so hard with so few resources and nothing in the way of personal reward, except for the positive feelings they get for being of service to others. We're excited to have welcomed three new members to our team this year, as well as a new partnership with Globe Med, and I just can't wait to see what we'll do next!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

In a magical world all of the board would live in the same town so we can meet more in person and not always have to have conference calls!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with a number of social justice and environmental causes since 1990 and I have never worked with or volunteered for an organization that does as much with so few resources as BHM. Its board is made up of individuals who are deeply committed and who contribute endless amounts of time and resources toward helping the people of Burma.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1999

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my first year participating in the Run For Burma campaign associated with the Marine Corps Marathon. Speaking with prospective donors about their donation providing medical care for children in Burma has been an eye opener for me. I plan on running for and speaking of this charity frequently in the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Burma Humanitarian Mission on a number of occasions. All of my experiences with them have been extremely positive and their board members are some of the most responsible and trustworthy people I know. BHM is genuinely invested in helping the communities they serve. One of the particularly impressive aspects of BHM is that they take into account the long-term impact of their actions as much as the short-term effects. This is why I believe BHM will make a lasting difference on the people of Burma.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for BHM in a number of different capacities. My children have also volunteered. The organization does a wonderful job of mentoring young people as well as giving them a socially aware prospective of the people in a totally different region of the world. Allowing my children to value the opportunities they have and reach out to those with fewer opportunities. I truly appreciate how BHM not only provides medical and monitory support but also train the individuals of the region to give medical assistance their families and children.

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Rating: 5 stars  

BHM has been a long term partner. They are a focused group of people dedicated to their work. We are proud to work with them.

Surinder Moore
Program Manager
Alternative Gifts International

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Rating: 5 stars  

Burma Humanitarian Mission continues to provide exceptional support to the people and children of Burma. They and their medics provide the only medical and health care to isolated villages in eastern and northern Burma. The Burma army continues its assault on the Karen, Kachin, Mon, Shan and others -- attacks, seizing land, rape, and killing civilians. In face of these atrocities, the Backpack medics provide the only care. 60% of children's deaths can be prevented with basic medicine. Neo-natal mortality has been reduced by 80% in key areas.

Burma Humanitarian Mission does this support for extraordinarily few dollars. $1 provides 40 doses of basic meds. Incredible!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Burma Humanitarian Mission has incredibly few resources -- but has tremendous impact. Thousands of children and their families in eastern Burma recieve medicine and have access to rudimentary health care as a result of the support BHM generates and provides. BHM enables compassionate, kind-hearted individuals in communities world-wide to make a positive change for those who have endured decades of violence and oppression at the hands of the Burma government.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fantastic organization comprised of highly motivated, intelligent and friendly people. I was able to easily communicate with the Run for Burma organizers and felt supported from the beginning.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Part of the Run for Burma marathon team. Great organization, easy to work with and focused on important issues. Am so happy to be able to be a part of this great cause!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

For the Run for Burma - I would recommend they form a running group to prepare for the race.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with Burma Humanitarian Mission for the past three years to get critical support to Girl Determined, a leadership project designed to assist girls ages 12-17 to avoid the pitfalls of trafficking, dangerous labor and other forms of violence, by facilitating girls’ recognition of their personal and group potential. The Board and staff of BHM have proven committed and responsible in their work. They are knowledgeable about the reality here in Burma and on its borders and have strong connections with incredible local leaders who get support and supplies where they are most needed. Thank you BHM! Keep up the great work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

After working for several years in Bangladesh, it's wonderful to see an organization that puts its resources into its mission and work instead of towards inflated overhead. Feel comfortable that all support is directly helping get training and meds to the Burmese people that need it most.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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