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
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!