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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: 3

I think that the work that BHM is exceptional. They strech small resources to help and save lifes to very vulnerable population groups: children and women living in isolated places where help and healthcare is non existent

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hardworking group of individuals dedicated to their cause.

Tony P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization, Alternative Gifts International, features BHM in our catalog and online fundraising. We chose to partner with BHM because their mission is vital to the health of the refugees, and they operate an organized and efficient program. I recently inquired about a visit to their sites in Burma and learned how challenging their work is, both physically and politically. If you wish to raise awareness and funds for this great project you can launch a personalized virtual campaign to share with family friends by visiting our website www.alternativegifts.org.

Joshua12

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following Burma Humanitarian Mission for a number of years now. All of the people involved are 100% dedicated to the mission and truly believe in what they are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved because of my wife and I think they support a very important cause with very few resources. I know that when I donate the money is actually helping the people intended and it's exciting to see them expand into doing more in the area of education after being focused on medicine for so long. I highly recommend them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian Mission is one of the more efficient, "lean and mean" organizations I have encountered. A very high percentage of their donations actually make it into the hands of the people they help in he form of medicine and supplies to combat a whole host of primarily health care issues, the main one being Malaria. The growth they have sustained in even the most difficult economic times is impressive, and the volunteers, board members, advisors and donors are the highest quality people in terms of selfless giving and compassionate service to others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a charity client of the Burma Humanitarian Mission, I can say that we have received help "beyond the call of duty" from Jen and the BHM group.

Our school offers a free university prep program to children of Burmese refugees and migrant workers, ambitious kids who would never get to college without help from a program like ours. Operating for 5 years in legal limbo on the Thai-Burma border, we recently decided to apply for NGO status, so that we could legally raise funds, hire staff, and hold public events without fear of arrest or closure.

Our biggest challenge was how to raise money for the necessary lawyer fees and government approvals. By luck, we were introduced to the people at BHM. After checking out our operation, they not only set up a non-profit account for us, but, given our dire financial condition, decided to forego even their small administrative fee for the service. Once we began raising money in the US, BHM became one of our first donors by providing scholarships for 2 of our most deserving students. With the credibility and support that BHM gave us, we have now reached our funding requirement, and expect to be legal in Thailand by the end of this year. BHM not only gave us a mechanism for fund raising, but also the confidence to push ahead and reach our goal. Many, many thanks!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BHM is an excellent organization! I've been involved in various ways over the past 6 years. BHM does an amazing job of training back pack medics to work in conflict zones. Their commitment to the ethnic peoples of Burma is incredible. In addition to working with community based health care in Burma they also help provide education scholarships to young girls and the children of the backpack medics. The healthcare and education BHM makes possible truly changes lives. BHM is well respected by community based organizations in Burma.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Bhanyar Janumonya, the president of Myanmar Indigenous Community of Utah (MICU). MICU is a non-profit organization that combining seven Myanmar ethnic groups include Arakan, Chin, Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Mon and Shan. The MICU’s mission statement is to creating a forum by pooling resources from members and the community at large with the view to helping build and develops the organizational capacity of each of the seven ethnic-based communities through networking, educating and training, advocacy, mentoring, collaborating and partnerships. Since 2009 when the organization was founded, all board members are working so hard in order to help organization growth. However, without experience, knowledge and supports in this country, the organization is not growing as expected. Board members are struggling in finding resources especially with financial assistance.

A couple months ago, Jennifer Zurick, director of Burmese Humanitarian Mission, introduced herself to me and offered helps. With her capability, she quickly set up a 5K-Run-for Refugee Event to raise money for MICU during refugee month. She invited many special people from other agencies to get involve with this event, especially with this person that I can’t forget to mention him Mike, Chair of Board, Burmese Humanitarian Mission. Together we raised more $5000.00 that all goes into MICU account to spend on culture events and youth scholarship.

So, I am not surprise at all why people are saying that the Burmese Humanitarian Mission is a great non-profit organization because they have amazing people like Mike and Jen. They are amazing leaders!!!

Mehmet M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this group since its founding and have participated in the field as a volunteer, on the Board of Directors, and as a funder. I have seen it grew and helped in modest ways to ensure that the people BHM serves continues to receive support from groups like BHM. It has been an incredibly enlightening experience, one tht has brought me great joy and, at the same time, sadness and concern for the people there, I recommend this group based on many factors, including the absolute impact it has on a very modest budget.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been honored to watch the growth of BHM over several years and to have contributed some money and a little expertise to aid its development. I know of no other charitable organization which does so much with small resources. The board members are caring and effective. Overheads are minimal and expenditures closely monitored to insure that virtually all monies raised are used for the medical and humanitarian purposes of the charity.

Donnal W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Though only peripherally involved, I have the highest regard for this organization. I appreciate their great work and am honored to contribute from time to time.

Diana25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Burma Humanitarian mission is a great non-profit organization. The people involved, that I know, are honest, caring and truly dedicated in the cause for helping and improving the lives of the oppressed people in Burma, as well as the displaced refugees. Thank you for all your hard work, and special thanks to Jennifer Zurick Witte, who is instrumental in making all this possible.

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I have not been able to physically participate in any of the BMH volunteer opportunities, I believe this to be a worthy and righteous cause. Through education of dedicated members of BMH, I have come to understand the necessity and strength of this organization. Job well done, money well spent. It's time to erase and eliminate all human suffering and brutality, so to this organization; only praise and continued support!

Board Member

Rating: 5

After having traveled to Burma in 1999, I was forever touched by the people struggling with their oppressive government, and since then I've been looking for a way to help. Burma Humanitarian Mission is grassroots, tiny, and therefore incredibly effective in helping Burma's beleaguered ethnic minorities with basic health needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled to Southeast Asia and seen the abhorent conditions inflicted on the Karen and other ethnic Burmese minorities. There is tremendous need in many areas: education, health and medical. Burma Humanitarian Mission is an exceptional organization. It has long-standing ties with Karen and others who can focus the assitance provided gets directly to those who need it, in the jungles fleeing for their lives. BHM operates with very low costs and ensures 100% of individual donations buy medicines or trains medics. They have a heart of gold!

Review from Guidestar