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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations

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

68 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

We've done some great work this year! Thanks to the Transparent Fish Fund and Alternative Gifts International, we've been able to continually expand the reach of the medicines we supply and we continue to provide the resources for training new medics. We also have expanded our education efforts by providing more scholarships to refugee youth along the Thai-Burma border as well as for refugees from Burma who have resettled in the US. And I'm so excited by what our partner organizations have accomplished with having the Minmahaw School recognized as a legal foundation in Thailand and the amazing efforts of Girl Determined to empower at risk girls.

There is a curse that says "May you live in interesting times"and times are indeed interesting in Burma. As much as we'd all love to believe that democracy is moving things in a positive direction, the truth for the populations we serve is that they are more imperiled than ever before. Despite ceasefire agreements, the actuality of military violence remains and this is coupled with the threats of land seizures for development and people returning to villages after years of living as refugees without adequate security or infrastructure to support them.

Our work remains as critical as it ever was - perhaps more so, and I just want to express a heart felt thanks to the volunteers and donors who make this possible. And thank you so very much to our wonderful board who works so hard with so few resources and nothing in the way of personal reward, except for the positive feelings they get for being of service to others. We're excited to have welcomed three new members to our team this year, as well as a new partnership with Globe Med, and I just can't wait to see what we'll do next!

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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!