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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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I ran with the 2014 "Run for Burma" team for the Marine Corps Marathon and I had a great experience with this organization. They were very involved and were in contact with the runners on a weekly basis. I was extremely impressed by this organization and honored to run on their behalf.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known and volunteered for BHM since its beginning and been proud to help with the back packer medicine program, enjoying hearing the reports of their worthwhile contribution from those who travel into Burma. For the past three years, BHM has sponsored the Salt Lake City Run for Refugees event which has given me the opportunity to see and hear first hand the impact this organization has had on Burmeese refugees.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve witnessed the work of Burma Humanitarian Mission since its early beginnings with events that were held in supporters' back yards with silent auction items made by the volunteers and food prepared by members of the Burma community. I've been honored to be associated with the dedicated caring people who are BHM. Through their hard work and persistence the fund raising efforts have become more sophisticated, which has resulted in more assistance for the people of Burma.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am also an active member of Whitman College's GlobeMed chapter and have had the pleasure of working directly with BHM's Executive Director and Chair of the Board last year. They were so supportive in identifying and creating meaningful and high impact projects for us to fund at the Minmahaw Post-10 School. These individuals really care about their work and listening to the needs of the people from Burma they are assisting. A wonderful non-profit through and through.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an active member of Whitman College's GlobeMed chapter, which is partnered with BHM (http://www.globemed.org/impact/whitman/) to involve Whitman students with the grassroots/non-profit work that is happening through BHM both in Burma and right across the border in Thailand. We are entering into our second year of partnership and it has been a pleasure to work with BHM to learn more about social justice and public health in Thailand, Burma and on a global-scale, and it has been wonderful to take action and help make a difference on the ground as well! BHM is an amazing organization with an inspiring story of origin and fabulous leadership (and volunteers) who strive to spread equality in a place that needs their help so very much. BHM's fundraising campaigns are only part of what they do as the awareness and education factor is so vastly important for this issue as well, since it is not something that is talked about enough in America. Keep up the good work BHM - keep spreading the word and bringing hope to the lives of countless voiceless people!

Yvette O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been friends with the starting members of this organization for a very long time. I was impressed with their selfless dedication then, and continue to be impressed by it. The fund raising activities as well as the risk they put themselves going under the radar with backpack medics into the country is the stuff that movies are typically made of, but they do it because it's the right thing to do. I myself am not in a position to go to Burma yet, but I help by donating, knowing that my money directly helps the targeted audience and isn't lining someone's pocket. I appreciate their efforts and I know the countless people they've helped in Burma appreciate them also.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hard working, organized and caring, this group of people are dedicated and resourceful and so hopeful and energetic. They have worked tirelessly towards the cause of the Burma people for so long. I am happy to donate money when I can because of all the organizations and causes, what better one is to give to those in need?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of the 'Burma Humanitarian Mission' marathon fund raising team in 2013. I'm very happy to have supported their cause. They are an incredible group of people helping out the people in Burma. Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome team who do an awesome job! I am so proud to have been part of this 'Run for Burma' team. I have read and heard about the work these volunteers do to help out the needy and I wish them the very best for the future!!

Jersmom

Donor

Rating: 5

For the disenfranchised and often persecuted people living in villages in Burma, the BHM is one of the only lifelines, providing health care, clothing and educational materials to the people there, training "back pack" medics and literally saving lives. The organization spends donated dollars to do this and I am proud to support with my dollars whenever I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has used funding to travel into Burma and bring medication, train medics, provide educational material and clothing to the Karen people who have been disenfranchised by the military junta. They have done this work tirelessly and have now created an education fund in my son, Jeremy's name to provide educational opportunities for Burmese people who can get this wonderful scholarship. I have worked with other charity organizations and this particular organization operates with integrity and with a minimum of our donated dollars going to operations and a maximum going to the people in Burma.

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Amanda J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Surinder M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Caroline20

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Reading the history of who serves on the board was impressive. The fact that these people fly to unknown territory and bring medical supplies and needed water is a miracle!

To know about this mission gives me hope in humanity and soon I would like to be a volunteer.

Thank you Burma Mission,

God Bless,
Daniella

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve known and supported Burma Humanitarian Mission for the past 4 years. The people at Burma Mission are great! They are committed to helping the people of Burma and ensure the maximum amount of each donation gets the most medicine to those who need it. They are selfless and dedicated to what they do. Burma Mission is a great organization that really makes things happen.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporting BHM for several years and we are thrilled with our local representative, Mike Isherwood. We are impressed by his dedication to the cause and are confident that our donations make a difference in the lives of many unfortunate people.

Nicholas Panebianco
President
Marathon Charity Cooperation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Part of the Run for Burma marathon team. Great organization, easy to work with and focused on important issues. Appears to be well-run based on all my interactions with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been working with community-based organizations on the Thailand-Burma border since 2005 and can appreciate the work the BHM is doing because it's quality over quantity. Small amounts of money and handfuls of dedicated people can make a big difference in this setting. This year is the second time I've signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon with Run for Burma, and I am happy to support BHM's work through this cause.