The Branch Foundation

Our Mission: The Branch Foundation aims to work alongside marginalized communities in South-East Asia to support sustainable community development through education, capacity building and renewable energy solutions. Our Vision: Cohesive South-East Asian communities empowered to be self-reliant and able to participate in opportunities available in the wider community around them.
Mar 4, 2014

Final Report

Children at the public school
Children at the public school

On behalf of The Branch Foundation (TBF) and The Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children's Rights (CCPCR), I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your support towards this project. Although we have not reached our funding target amount, we are deactivating this project due to the following reasons:

- Over the last couple of years, CCPCR's organisational capacity has begun to far exceed our own. In light of this, TBF will be focusing on it's own sustainability and concentrating on collaborating with organisations similar to our own size.

- With knowledge of CCPCR's growth we are certain that they, as an organisation, can find funds pertaining to the activities outlined in this project through other funding channels.

We have very much enjoyed working with CCPCR over the last couple of years and hope to maintain our partnership in some capacity. Not reaching our target for this project hasn't affected your donation, which has had a lasting and meaningful impact on the lives of the girls at the shelter. You have helped in the following ways:

  • Provided school materials such as text books, pens and school bags
  • Ensured that the girls were able to attend local schools
  • Given the girls opportunities to overcome previous trauma through activities such as yoga and traditional dance
  • Enabled regular visits/check ups from local social workers

Further proof of how your generosity has helped the shelter is highlighted in the following quote from one of the girls residing there:

"I feel exited for my life now because I have a lot of opportunities to study all the kinds of subjects, so, my life and my study has developed. I never thought that I would have a life such as now, however a lot of people provided encouragement, good advice and money to support my studies, it is useful for my future. I always try my best to study so I do not disappoint the people who have supported me."

If you are still interested in helping to provide educational opportunities for marginalized people/communities, please feel free to read up about our project at Koung Jor Shan Refugee camp in which we help support local teachers and provide the materials necessary for these bright young students to realize their full potential.

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-140-refugees-on-the-thai-burma-border/

Kind regards,

Tom Rosen

Note: The Branch Foundation pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each of its beneficiaries. To protect the identity of the people on this project, names have been changed and pictures do not necessarily represent girls who have been abused or trafficked.

Students participating during lessons
Students participating during lessons

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Feb 7, 2014

Initial Report

The new solar light we are currently testing
The new solar light we are currently testing

On behalf of The Branch Foundation Team and the Shan State Development Foundation, I would like to thank you for your generous donation towards this project. As it sometimes takes a few months for us to receive disbursements from GlobalGiving - we have yet to receive any funding towards this project. However, that does not mean that we have been sitting idle.

To ensure that we provide the most appropriate and efficient solar lighting for the residents' homes, we have been testing out a new piece of equipment at Loi Lum IDP camp. This solar light only requires a very small panel and can be used in a variety of ways such as holding the lamp in your hand or hanging it from the ceiling. We are currently waiting to hear the results of its effectiveness from the families at the Internally Displaced Persons camp.

For the local school, we plan to install a similar solar system to our previous successful project at the Shan refugee camp, which was completed in January 2012. These are much larger and produce more energy meaning that not only will we be able to generate light but also power computers for the students. Current conditions in the school are not ideal as illustrated by the following quote from Mwe Hkur, the Education Coordinator from the Shan State Development Foundation:

"Students from Loi Lum School have never learned anything through multimedia in their life due to the lack of electricity. They normally end up studying in dark rooms with low quality textbooks."

We have still not reached our funding target for this exciting project so I hope that you can spread the word to your friends and family or even consider a monthly recurring donation.

Kind regards,

Tom Rosen - Co-Director/Project Manager

The solar light being used in another community
The solar light being used in another community
A solar powered computer we installed in 2012
A solar powered computer we installed in 2012
Loi Lum IDP camp
Loi Lum IDP camp

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Jan 30, 2014

Initial Report

Local monks attending English class
Local monks attending English class

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your generous donation towards this project. We have yet to receive your donation from GlobalGiving, however as this was a continuation of the previous year’s project, we have been able to fund 3 months worth of stipends for the following Koung Jor resident teachers:

$274 for the Educational Coordinator

$225 for the Computer Teachers

$225 for the Burmese Teachers

$140 for the English Teacher

We are also very happy to announce that one of the students from the refugee camp has been accepted into a vocational school in Chiang Mai to further develop his Information Technology skills. He mentioned to the TBF Education Coordinator that he would not have been able to achieve this without the extra computer classes that donors like you help us support.

Evening classes for the children have continuously proved popular amongst the community residents as highlighted in this quote from Kam Nu - a 13-year-old girl from Koung Jor:

‘We used to not have much to do after attending day school. But now with evening classes I get to learn languages and computer skills. I still have enough time to talk to my friends and play together’.

We hope that you follow this project’s progression and are confident that other students like Kam Nu will have the opportunities available to further their education.

Many thanks,

Tom Rosen – Co-Director/Project Manager

Note: The Branch Foundation pursues the highest degree of care and protection for each of its beneficiaries. To protect the identity of the people on this project, names have been changed and pictures do not necessarily represent community residents.

Evening computer class
Evening computer class
Students taking Burmese language test outside
Students taking Burmese language test outside

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