August 18, 2012
This is the little organization that could! I have never seen people so caring and engaged. BHM raises awareness and funds to help internally displaced ethnic minorities in Burma. BHMers pay their own way to the Thai-Burma border so their overhead is virtually nothing; funds raised go straight into buying needed meds and supporting backpack health workers. This dedication is rare and priceless...and the exact opposite of so many bloated humanitarian organizations. Also unlike many humanitarian organizations that subtly use racist stereotypes to get your donations, BHM uses a respectful solidarity model. They see people first, not a situation that needs them to swoop in and be heroic. By going to the border directly, BHM maintains accountability, making sure the meds get to the backpack health works ok, and not making extra demands on the little clinic that could. They have long standing ties and come through with what they promise.
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