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Burma Humanitarian Mission

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Have you ever come across a group of individuals...united in purpose, focus and compassion? An inspiration to you and everyone? That's Burma Mission. The medicine they provide and the medics they train are saving lives as you read this! Selfless beyond imagination!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission is an example of how good people come together to be a force for positive change in the world. A very small organization, they provide nearly 1 million doses of medicine to people in Burma while support backpack medic teams. these teams are perfect example of a capacity building model, empowering communities to solve their own problem! Being small, Burma Humanitarian Mission is extremely efficient and effective!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic, giving and warm hearted nonprofit! They go places and help people in desperate need that the media ignore. Awesome, dedicated group!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a BHM board member for 4 years, I have a unique view into the organization. I have never worked with more dedicated and ethical people and it is a privilege to be able to serve on the Board with them.

The Board is active in the events sponsored by BHM to raise funds for community healthcare, education and and human rights for the people of Myanmar/Burma. We run, we make soap, we write endless letters to fundraise, and write grant proposals, all as volunteers. Except for one small part time position for our Executive Director.

The organizations which receive funds from BHM's efforts are few. That way, the dollars are concentrated and have great impact on the people of Burma served by the recipient organizations. There is person-to-person contact with the organizations which BHM serves. We collaborate with the recipients, meeting their real needs rather than imposing what we think they might need. Contact is frequent and BHM is relied on as a compassionate organization, with people willing to stretch to meet the needs presented.

As a BHM Board member, I am always happy to talk with anyone who is curious about BHM or has suggestions and information which could be helpful to us.
As a donor, which I was before I became a board member (and still am), I have complete faith that the funds received are distributed in the highest and best use.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It is a tremendous privilege to serve on the Burma Humanitarian Mission Board of Directors. I have known of BHM since 2010. Impressed with their focus on supporting the people of Burma since 1999 and maintaining an ethical, transparent and dedicated organization, I asked if our fundraising efforts for Minmahaw School on the Thai-Burma border could work under the BHM umbrella. They welcomed us and support our vision for the school while helping us expand how and what we do. I was deeply honored to be asked to join the board and feel fortunate to work with a group of people who make every dollar count. They respond with compassion and real action to various health, education and human rights needs of the people of Burma, while taking the time to educate others who are interested in their (our) mission. A truly vigorous organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

BHM touches the lives of so many people, and remains a low-key group of individuals who empower and support the people of Burma. Their programs save lives, provide education to children who would be lost, provide income and empowerment to women and communities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We are a small, heart-felt organization doing great work in an often forgotten about part of the world. I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude to be working with such exceptional, caring and talented people who inspire me every day! The best part is that I feel that our model transcends conventional humanitarian work because of the partnerships formed that are responsive and empowering to community-based organizations in Burma.

This year we are especially grateful for the steadfast support of Alternative Gifts International and Transparent Fish Fund, and honored to be a recipient for a Dining for Women grant.

We do face a lot of challenges - most of all, at a time when things are so challenging for so many Americans, how do we continue to inspire people to care for those who are on the other side of the world? I wish I could take everyone into a village to meet the incredibly kind and generously-hearted people of Burma. They've been fighting for self-determination for so many years. Thank you to everyone who supports them!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission is an exceptional example of a grassroots organization engaged in capacity building that far outshines the larger, corporate nonprofits. BHM gets life-saving medicine to the people most at risk and the farthest from the media spotlight.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm thoroughly impressed watching Burma Mission grow over the past 20 years! Incredible! The fact that they are now up to 30 backpack teams...support educational opportunities along the Thai-Burma border as well as educational opportunities inside Burma. Add to that...civic responsibility mentoring for the people of Burma. Wow! What an inspired group!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Without Burma Mission, I would never know about the plight of the people of Burma. It's incredible to think what these people endure. The good news is that Burma Mission does wonderful work to train medics and provide tons of medicine to help. It's inspired to think what is done as a result. Truly, young children to older adults are saved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission continues to excel at caring for the displaced and ignored populations in Burma. This year, they increased the number of supported teams from 17 in 2017 to 30 in 2018!!! This is incredible. Now, over 77,000 people will have access to medical care, mother-child care and community health.

This group is inspired! It operates at an incredibly low overhead rate, so 92 cents out of every dollar gets to those in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission is compassionate and dedicated to the most under-served population -- the ethnic people of Burma! They do incredible awesome and inspired service to others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Burma Mission is an awesome nonprofit! They focus on children and women far from the media headlines. They do incredible work. I wish all charities did as much...for so little...with such integrity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I continue to be amazed (but I shouldn't!) at the wonderful work that BHM does year in and year out. Their support to recruit and train and equip backpack medics is saving lives all the time! They have embraced a perfect capacity building example -- empowering the people of Burma to help themselves and care for their own. Wonderful!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission is incredible! They have expanded the support that they provide to the ignored and oppressed minority peoples of Burma. Burma Humanitarian Mission continues to reflect the best of what humanity offers in the face of the. worst humanity does -- genocide and violence against civilians -- children, women and families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

BHM is a heart-felt and committed organization! They focus on providing medicine to the most under-served populations in Burma -- women and children surviving in conflict zones!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Burma Humantarian Mission is a wonderful non profit charity which provides medical cares for Burmese in a conflict war zone in Burma. I have been a donor and a supporter since 2015 by running Marines Corps Marathon for team Run For Burma of this charity.My donation directly goes to the peepple in need and save thousands of life.BHM provides medicines and trainning for BackPack medics who travel thousands of miles to administer primary healthcare services to counter the effects of malnutrition , diseases as well as wounded patients in war zone in premote areas. Their selfless sacrifice and dedication to serve their people are immeasurable! With only 5 dollars, I save 2 life: the mother and her unborn baby from dealth that caused by malaria . Malaria accounts for neatly half of all dealths, especially 1:12 expecting mother will not survive pregnancy. As a Registered Nurse who works at Mother Infant Unit and NICU, I am heart-rending by learning 15% of children die before their 5th birthday, mostly from illesses that are easily treated and are preventable With the money by fund raising to run for team Run For Burma and donation, BHM can fulfill its mission by providing medical care for Burmese who have no access to health care, supports community-based backpack medics and more. I strongly believe in the their vision which seeks a healthy and vibrant Burma now and for the future. Please support this wonderful charity.
Betty Ann Berger RN

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Donor

Rating: 5

Burma Humantarian Mission is a wonderful and incredible small non profit organization. The fund goes directly to the people in need by provide medical services to children, women, men in isolate and war torn areas in Burma. As a Registered Nurse for NICU and Mother Infant , I am heart-rending to learn the mother and her unborn child died of an easy
treatable disease: malaria because of no medicines. Thanks to BHM, a Pack Pack Medics Program developed to save these mothers and their unborn babies by bringing medicines to them. This is just an example of many medical services. As a donor and fund raising for BHM by running the Marine Corps Marathon in 2015 and 2017, I strongly believe the money that BHM spends to save lives is incredibly and amazingly. With 5 dollars, the lives of the mother and her unborn baby are saved. 1 dollars BHM purchase 42 doses of medicines, 20 dollars provides 6,000 doses of PCN. In 2016, BHM supported 30, 000 people including children, women and men and treated over 13,000 patients. Total 867,000 doses of medicines provided. It is phenominal! indeed, I am honored to be a part of this successful organization to save lives.
Please support BHM by donation and consider Run For Burma if you need bib to run any races in the US or oversea. Your heart will be so content and happy to run for a good cause. And the fundraising is the lowest of all to compare with other charities. Plus the support for your training is outstanding. After all, I am speechless to know how little as a dollar can save so many lives.
Betty Ann Berger, RN

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Donor

Rating: 5

BHM is a fantastic charity that has worked hard on a little known, but incredible need. The people they serve and the needs they meet are facing humanitarian crisis. With little investment, BHM creates a huge impact. This charity is incredibly well run and works very hard to focus their efforts on those they serve.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is truly an inspirational mission helping many to live better lives in very difficult circumstances. This charity has gone on my list for annual donations. Very impressive!

Donor

Rating: 5

BHM is an extraordinary nonprofit that is mission-driven and results-focused. Their work is collaborative, inspiring, and makes a profound difference in the lives of people who have had so few advantages in life. I admire their leaders' vision, innovation, and determination. The board is solid and they have found ways to work around or through roadblocks that have deterred others. I've worked with hundreds of NGOs, and Burma Mission is exactly what I look for when wanting to invest my time and money. I feel fortunate to be able to contribute in my own small way to their mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

The leadership within this nonprofit is remarkable. They are highly dedicated, passionate and organized. BHM maximizes the dollars spent on their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! This group is 100% Wow!

Burma Humanitarian Mission is committed -- completely committed to helping one of the world's most under-served and unrecognized communities there is. Burma's ethnic minorities have endured decades of abuse and violence at the hands of the country's military. The most recent assault on the Rohingya in western Burma mirrors the oppression foisted upon the Karen, Kachin and others in eastern and northern Burma.

BHM is compassionate -- they focus on delivering the most critical aid needed -- basic medicine, mother-child health and community health resources. The result is impressive -- reduction in the number of people getting sick which translates to far fewer people dying (not to mention a far better quality of life).

I've volunteered with a number of agencies over the past few decades, and few have such an awesome and direct impact. And what's truly beautiful about it is that BHM helps the ethnic minorities help themselves. Wow! That's American values in action!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BHM does an anazing job of bringing much-needed resources to communities in need. Their dual focus on health and education and their work both within Burma and in the refugee/migrant communities in Thailand, ensures that they are tackling the problems on many fronts. It's wonderful to see the good they are doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to do an onsite internship with Burma Humanitarian Mission on the Thai/Burma border. We visited many of the organizations BHM partners with and collected stories to create advocacy pieces. It was very clear that BHM's commitment to helping the education and health in the migrant and refugee community had huge, tangible impacts on the lives of people there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I ran the Berlin Marathon this year through Run for Burma, which is part of Burma Humanitarian Mission. I have to say that I had a terrific experience running for this charity. I was originally only looking for a non-profit that didn't have a super high fundraising requirement, but I became a complete believer and advocate over the 4 months of working with them. The cause is absolutely fantastic and if you don't know much about it (I didn't), it's worth looking into.

Mike is your contact point throughout the experience and is quick to respond and help out with anything you need, supporting your training by sending out frequent running articles. Basically everything they promised went exactly as such, which was a total relief-- there can be so much to stress about when it comes to doing an international marathon, but I was fortunate to have this side of things run essentially worry-free. If you're interested in running a marathon and supporting a good cause, I really can't think of a better charity to recommend!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When seeking an organization to support and make an impact, this is an exceptional choice. The mission and the people who volunteer to help the people of Burma are truly dedicated to what they do and it is inspiring to see. Each gift, no matter the size, can truly make an incredibly big difference in the life of many. It's an organization I personally support and look forward to seeing grow.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with BHM directly through their annual fun run in Salt Lake City's Liberty Park a few years back, and they have also linked me to one of their partners abroad, Girl Determined in Mandalay, Burma (Myanmar). The organization is consistent, transparent and involved in the greater community and in their community of focus. I admire their drive and ability to include all in their ongoing mission, and remain a steady source of support for this cause, community empowerment and education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to help at the 5k Run for Refugees event the Burma Humanitarian Mission held in June 2016. Mike, Mary, and Jennifer were fantastic to work with. I look forward to the next event they hold or anything else I can do to help this wonderful cause.