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Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our mission is to help refugees expand their world of possibilities through advocacy, education and community development

Target demographics: refugees from Burma

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200

Geographic areas served: and around Des Moines, Iowa

Programs: tutoring, childcare, paperwork form help, community fabric, navigator projects helping those that need it the most, and a new project that will launch in 2015-the health navigator where these refugees can learn more about medical treatment.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so Thankful of EMBARC for finding me a stable job with livable wage so I can support my family. I do not know what to do without the help of EMBARC.I truly appreciate this organization.They do above and beyond.


Rating: 5

I have been involved with EMBARC for 5 years as a volunteer and as a board member. I've never encountered a group of people with such enthusiastic commitment to their mission as the staff, volunteers and community members associated with this wonderful organization. It has changed lives and built bridges between refugees and the people of Iowa. The Executive Director, Henny Ohr, brings vision and heart to the organization and is more effective at building an inclusive environment than anyone I have ever encountered. Her skill as an attorney is useful in her leadership role, but it is her ability to effect positive, sustained change that puts her above the others. People want to be involved because they can see the differences they are making through EMBARC.
Attached is a photo of the EMBARC volunteer (a retired preschool teacher) who now teaches a Storytime program for 3 and 4 year old refugees. This is only one of many, many EMBARC programs that are making a world of difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff & volunteers of EMBARC are dedicated to the people they help. They don’t just provide freebies— they develop programs to help the refugees and their communities learn to help themselves. Such wonderful hardworking folks! So incredibly diligent and creative when it comes to tackling difficult persistent problems. Kudos EMBARC and keep up the good work!


Rating: 5

EMBARC's volunteers and staff work hard to help enrich the lives of refugees in Iowa. They offer so many different services that our newest Iowan's need in order to thrive, such as ESL, health, and parenting classes, interpreting services, 1-1 mentoring, and so much more. Thanks EMBARC!


Rating: 5

EMBARC is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping the refugee community in Iowa!