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.
Dec 19, 2012

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Education

Girls at the refugee camp ready for school
Girls at the refugee camp ready for school

We at The Branch Foundation were truly amazed to see the response to this new project - especially during the October Bonus Day when your donatons raised over $1300 in under 12 hours. This meant that all donations made on that day were matched at 30% by GlobalGiving, ensuring that your generosity goes a little bit further!

One priority of the project is helping local teachers in the Shan Refugee Camp pass on their skills to the younger generation. Therefore, we recently transfered money to the Camp to provide stipends for both the computer teacher and the education/project coordinator for the next three months - $540 in total.

In January 2013, we will visit the camp and assess their current educational needs.  We will be sure allocate funding accordingly and keep you fully updated.

We recently spoke to Sai Leng, the Camp Leader, reagrding the project.  He highlighted the importance of education within the Shan Camp by saying: 

"The educational skills that The Branch Foundation has helped support are crucial for the future of our children".

We hope that you continue following us on our journey with the young residents of the refugee camp.  Please consider donating again or sharing this project with your friends and family to ensure that these vibrant children continue to thrive.  

As it's holiday season, consider celebrating by giving the gift of education in honor of a loved one via the following link:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-ethnic-burmese-refugees-through-education/?show=gift

Many thanks, and happy holidays! 

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

Learning English by via the medium of music
Learning English by via the medium of music
Computer class at the refugee camp
Computer class at the refugee camp

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Dec 11, 2012

Happy Holidays from The Branch Foundation!

A true traditional expression of gratitude
A true traditional expression of gratitude

Happy holidays all the way from Thailand!

The Branch Foundation would once again like to express our enormous thanks for your generous donations.  The unwavering support you’ve shown has given peace of mind to vulnerable communities across South-East Asia.

Fortunately no emergency situations have affected South-East Asia since our last report.  In light of this lack of disasters in the region, we’d like to bring your attention to a prominent food security concern we’ve been combating over the last year.

The residents of the Shan Refugee camp (Koung Jor), based in northwestern Thailand, have scarcely enough space to raise livestock or grow vegetables. This geographic challenge has led to a distinct lack of available protein, making the community prone to malnutrition and illness. Throughout 2012, we’ve supplied the camp with protein-rich Yellow Beans, ensuring that those in the community can lead healthier lives. This March, we plan to use $300 of your donations to continue providing the Shan Camp with Yellow Beans for 3 more months. Without these beans, health conditions within the camp would decline once again.

Your continued generosity is essential to the livelihoods of those in the Shan community. Upon realizing that people benefit as much from healthy minds as the do from healthy bodies, we recently launched an exciting education project based in the camp.  We hope you can take a moment to click the link below and empower the Shan youth to realize their full potential:

Empower Ethic Burmese Refugees Through Education

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

Distributing the Yellow Beans
Distributing the Yellow Beans
Obviously the beans are popular in the camp!
Obviously the beans are popular in the camp!
Some of the female students at the refugee camp
Some of the female students at the refugee camp

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Oct 15, 2012

It's nearly been one year.....

Installing a solar panel on top of a thatched roof
Installing a solar panel on top of a thatched roof

It's nearly been one year since we put the 'Solar lighting for 600 Burmese Refugees - Thailand' project up on GlobalGiving.

It's been amazing to see the amount of support it's received from all over the world and we would like to once again like to say a huge THANK YOU to you who helped the project become a success!

With your help, we managed to raise all the funds neccesary within one month of hosting the project on GlobalGiving. Within three months, we had already installed all the solar panels on top of the thatched roofs of the Shan Refugee Camp community. Since that time, children have been able to study after dark and fire hazards posed by the previously used candles and kerosene lamps have all but been eliminated (not a single fire has broken out since implementing the project).

This project was one of a kind, the world's first solar-lit refugee camp! It gained much media attention, including in the esteemed Al Jazeera (click here to read). You can also see where your generous donation went to in a short film by clicking the link below:

http://vimeo.com/45817901

Along with YOUR help, not only did The Branch Foundation provide the remaining solar panels needed for the refugee camp residents, but we also managed to buy more solar panels to power a computer so that community members always have access to the outside world.

As you can see, small donations from many individuals can make a MASSIVE difference to people's lives.

We hope that you can continue to support this vibrant yet overlooked community by donating to our NEW project within the same community:

Empower Ethnic Burmese Refugee Through Education

You've already provided light; please let this follow on by also helping to provide a brighter future for the children of the Shan Refugee Camp.

Many thanks once again,

The Branch Foundation Team

The first beams of electricity this women
The first beams of electricity this women's house!
A solar powered computer in the Shan Refugee Camp
A solar powered computer in the Shan Refugee Camp

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