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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

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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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.

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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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.