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Feb 18, 2020

Update Report - February 2020

Happy kids with new stationary
Happy kids with new stationary

Dear Friends,

First of all I'd love to wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you've had a good start to 2020 so far and that a fun, healthy and happy year lies ahead for you. 

This report is particularly exciting because since our last update we visited the community at Koung Jor Refugee Camp in Northern Thailand. It was a special visit as we introduced our friends in the community to our daughter for the first time. We were welcomed with a delicious Shan noodle lunch (our favourite) and caught up with the Headman, Education Coordinator and teachers over delicious local green tea. As always it was like visiting old friends and was such a pleasure to see everyone again. 

Shan people are known for their hospitality and also for their love of children, so bringing Amelia to the community was definitely the highlight of our trip. It was also so lovely to introduce her to the oldest resident, who we affectionately call Grandma. 

During our stay we asked the Education Coordinator if there was anything else they needed. He said it would be good to start the year off with giving each of the students a new fresh notebook and pencil, so for 2,000 Thai Baht (£50/$63) we were able to make that wish come true. It's AMAZING what a small amount of money can do and the joy it can bring! Please consider donating (if you already do, THANK YOU) and/or telling your friends about our work so we can continue to make big and small dreams come true. 

With gratitude, 

Iona and the TBF team.

It's all about the small but vital things
It's all about the small but vital things
Happy students
Happy students
Choosing a new notebook for the new year
Choosing a new notebook for the new year
One of the camp classrooms
One of the camp classrooms
Our delicious welcome lunch
Our delicious welcome lunch
Nov 22, 2019

Update Report - November 2019

A participant with her beautiful embroidery skills
A participant with her beautiful embroidery skills
Dear friends, 
We’ve been busy at TBF HQ!
We recently facilitated our annual teacher training workshop at Koung Jor refugee camp. We had the same highly skilled trainer as last time who continued to build on the material from the previous workshop. Think creative presentations, engaging games and insightful discussions. The trainer also brought along a friend who happens to be one of Thailand’s most famous embroidery artists who led a workshop for who ever was interested to attend in the camp. He had a stellar turn out with everyone creating beautiful works of art. Embroidery has always been part of Shan culture and is used to decorate their celebratory outfits but all said that having outside knowledge of the craft was beneficial in developing their own skills. 
We are also pleased to report that the Pu Dooplaya Junior College (PDJC)'s Summer School Programme was also a resounding success. We will be continuing to support this project on an ongoing basis and look forward to help them bring leadership skills to youth in Karen State, Burma/Myanmar. 
Last but certainly not least we’re participating in #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that takes place on December 3 this year. That’s right — following Black Friday and Cyber Monday! What better way to start getting into the holiday giving-back spirit? 
We’d love if you participated with us. The best way to do that is to share our cause on social media using the hashtag(s) #GivingTuesday and to join millions of global givers on December 3 by donating to our project here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-community-development-in-south-east-asia/
Your donation will ensure we can collectively continue the impactful work we do!
 
We hope you have a happy, safe and cheerful festive season and start of 2020!  
With gratitude, 
Iona and the rest of the TBF Team.

 

A participant and her beautiful embroidery
A participant and her beautiful embroidery
Embroidery fun!
Embroidery fun!
Workshop games
Workshop games
Creative presentations
Creative presentations
Aug 29, 2019

Update Report - August 2019

Fun in the classroom!
Fun in the classroom!

Dear Friends, 

We hope this message finds you well. 

What's new?

In the last few months we've been preparing for our 2019 AGM, coordinating our on going projects in Thailand and Myanmar and taking stock after our short hiatus. 

In our last report we updated you about our new project, the Pu Dooplaya Junior College (PDJC)'s Summer School Programme. We are delighted to report back that the Summer School Programme was a great success and we are excited to work closely with the team on an on going basis. 

Want to donate to this exciting project?

If you want to help us support this refugee leadership and education project you can easily do so by donating to our GlobalGiving project. As before our GlobalGiving project is a collection pot from which we fund all of our education projects. 

What's coming up? 

On the first week in November we'll be hosting another Teacher Training Workshop at Koung Jor refugee camp. This will be faciliated by the same trainer as last time and is geared to build on the content from the previous training. We've been informed that there are now more teachers and teacher assistants who are eager to learn the tricks of the trade. 

Tom and myself will be visiting New Zealand in December and Thailand in January to touch base with our supporters, projects and fellow organisations. Our youngest team member, Amelia will be joining us and we are really excited to introduce her to everyone! 

If you want to keep up-to-date on our social media. Find us on Facebook. Or if you fancy sending us a message, we're always available at info@thebranchfoundation.org!

With all our gratitude for your ongoing support, 

The Branch Foundation team

Computer class
Computer class
A group of students at Koung Jor refugee camp
A group of students at Koung Jor refugee camp
Taking a break and watching cartoons in English!
Taking a break and watching cartoons in English!
Out door team activities
Out door team activities
 
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