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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

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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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

This is the most wonderful organization that I have ever experienced. The job this organization does has touched my heart and my soul forever. Tears drop on my face after reading their amazing stories through their work. I first knew Burma Humanitarian through the Marine Corps Marathon , running for charity. That was the most memorable event in my life. I ran to save people lives. Only 5 dollars, I can save 2 lives , a mom and a newborn soon to be from death from a common treatable disease malaria. I keep on thinking about this and it embedded in my mind as long as I live.
I believed in pay it forward and giving , and I try all my best to share my blessing to these unfortunate people in a promote area in Burma. They don't need anything but saving their love ones from common illnesses.
Please support the organization.
Betty Ann Berger, RN


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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Donor

Rating: 5

I've known the folks who work at Burma Humanitarian Mission for a number of years. It's incredible how they do so much with so little! More importantly, they have this wonderful way of connecting donors and compassionate individuals here in the United States with people in the junlges of Burma -- and making you feel like you are making a great impact on their lives and the world!

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission is committed to the ethnic minorities in Burma. While other iNGOs have shifted their focus inside Burma's urban centers and leaving the conflict zones, BHM remains committed to these areas and people. They continue their support to sustain 14 teams in 2016 -- providing care to more than 32,000 people

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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

Burma Humanitarian Mission has continued to do spectacular work! It's singularly focused on helping the people of Burma with a most fundamental need: medical and health care. The members are selfless, kind and compassionate. They ensure the maximum of their donations get to the people who need them.

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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been honored to support BHM in efforts along the Thai-Burma border and see first hand the work being done. It is clear that BHM supports great projects that are founded in the philosophy of being truly empowering to their grass-roots partnerships.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

What an awesome organization! It focuses on providing medicine to one of the most under-served parts fo the world. I was floored to read that 1 in 7 children never make it to their 5th birthday. All because there's no medicine to cure the most basic illnesses and disease. Burma Mission's phenomanl drive helps bring those meds to more than 50,000 people every year. I feel a direct and very real connection t the people they help. They provide a lens for the rest of us to see an area where the media and governments ignore. As tragic as the conditions are in Burma, this organization makes a positive difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

BHM is a world class charity that continues to make a big difference in the lives of Burmese people. They get the most bang for their buck. Their transparency and Executive leadership is second to none. All above, they can count on me continuing to make annual donations. BhM Board Member Mike Isherwood is a non profit Subject matter expert is always willing to help other non profits. Recently, he participated in conference call where he provided a series of recommendations for Cross World Africa non-profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

what a wonderful organization! They ensure the maximum amount of every dollar gets to the people in need. They understand the background, culture and challenges facing the people of Burma and help them help their people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Conditions in eastern Burma remain horrid and appauling. The backpack medics role is expanding for as additional people are returning to their villages. The Burma government still does not provide any medical care into eastern Burma; rather they are using funds to reinforce their soldiers and military forces instead. The Burma army continues to assault the villagers, steal land, force individuals to work without pay and rape without impunity or accountability. The people remain living in fear.

Nonetheless, disease and illness stalks the people. Without any care, mortality rates remain horrendous.

Burma Humanitarian Mission is an outstanding organization who provides medicines that the backpack medics. They provide a viable conduit for me and others to make a difference -- a real difference. The dollars donated go directly to help people. It's neat. Warm-hearted organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Burma mission is a great grassroots organization with an incredible dedication and commitment to help the people of Burma

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first had contact with Burma Humanitarian while planning for World Refugee Day in 2013. Burma Humanitarian has done an excellent job in bringing awareness of conditions and supplying relief to those that need the help. You could not find a better group of people who show compassion and determination in their work. BHM has organized runs for a few years and being able to help participate as a member of an allied agency was very gratifying.

Donor

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission did outstanding work using the Run for Burma team as a fundraising vehicle. Not only did BHM raise awareness of the need for supporting Burma's transition, but BHM made fundraising easy and provided amazing, personalized support throughout. A great organization worthy of your consideration.