Support Sai Oo's Dream of Attending University

Jul 16, 2014

Update Report & Today's Bonus Day - July 2014

Sai Oo and a few students who
Sai Oo and a few students who've just graduated

The Branch Foundation, on behalf of Sai Oo, would once again like to thank you for your generous support towards this project. Sai Oo is currently away arranging various logistics for the start of his university course. When I last met with him in June, he was extremely busy training other members of the Koung Jor community who will be taking over his duties. I am sure he will be sorely missed by all the people he has dedicated so much of his time to, however everyone shares his excitement for this wonderful opportunity which lies ahead for him.

We will transfer our first instalment of funds to Sai Oo just before he starts his Information Technology course in September to help him with uniforms, food, dormitory costs and other expenses associated with attending university.

I would like to bring to your attention that on the 16th of July, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations by 50% whilst matching funds last. This is a great opportunity to make your donation go that much further and to help us reach our goal for this project. I sincerely hope that you can help us in assuring that Sai Oo has the funds necessary to attend University by donating today.

Kind regards,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team.

Grandpa receiving his monthly food allowance
Grandpa receiving his monthly food allowance
Helping to fix the boarding house roof
Helping to fix the boarding house roof
Apr 21, 2014

Initial Report

Sai Oo at the Shan Culture workshop he organises
Sai Oo at the Shan Culture workshop he organises

Thanks to your generous donation, we are just over half way to reaching our funding target to help Sai Oo start university this year. The majority of his university fees are being supported by two very kind individuals who have seen first hand the dedication and hard work that Sai Oo has provided to his community at Koung Jor refugee camp over the years, however this amount falls just short of what is needed to ensure all costs are covered. The funds we are raising through GlobalGiving will be used to make sure that Sai Oo is financially prepared for such things as dormitory fees, uniforms for university, transport around the local area, food, hygiene products and for all those other extra small costs associated with attending higher education.

I recently asked Sai Oo how he feels about attending university later this year, what he is doing in the refugee camp to prepare the community for his departure and what his plans are for when he finishes his course in Information Technology - here's what he had to say:

"I am excited to be going to university and to meet new friends and professors. University will be a new experience and I am blissful to attend as my dream is coming true for achieving IT skills. I am currently training one of my pupils to do my duties at Koung Jor such as computing, writing proposals and reports, organizing, management and logistics for projects and Education. He just finished a training from Mae Sot which provides project management, proposal and report writing and translation skills. My expectations are to achieve the IT skills professionally. With the skills I’ll gain, I plan to share them to the children/youth in the community of Shan State by opening trainings."

We, at The Branch Foundation, would once again like to thank you on behalf of Sai Oo for your support. We are looking forward to keeping you up to date with both the progress of this GlobalGiving project and Sai Oo's well-deserved venture into higher education.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

Some of the workshop attendees
Some of the workshop attendees
Making sure the children are ready
Making sure the children are ready
Sai Oo hard at work as per usual
Sai Oo hard at work as per usual


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Tom Rosen

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