Sep 24, 2021

Update Report - September 2021

Hello Friends, 

We hope this update finds you well. 

Since our last report we have provided another round of emergency funding for The Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and the Shan Refugee Committee (SSRC). Both organisations work on the ground with local groups who directly help those most affected by the ongoing crisis in Burma/ Myanmar. The funds have been used for temporary shelter, clothing and basic supplies, like sanitary and hygiene products as well as food. We will continue to support these organisations when we have the funds available to do so. 

We also held our Annual General Meeting on August 25th in London. It was great to see what we have acommplished over the past financial year despite the many callenges of Covid 19. Attached is a summary of our Annual Return submitted to the New Zealand Charities Commission for you too see what we have collectively achieved. We are forever grateful for your support and are excited to be able to share our collective achievements with you. 

Keep an eye out for our end of year fundraising campaigns and we'll be in touch again soon. 

With gratitude,

Iona and the TBF team


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Sep 24, 2021

Update Report - September 2021

Hello Friends, 

We hope this message finds you healthy and happy. 

We don't have much to update you on in this report but wanted to let you know that we will be doing an end-of-year/ Christmas campaign for this project in the hopes to get it fully funded.

If you have any friends or family who might be interested in helping refugee children to have improved access to working computers, connection to the internet and be able to attend the exisiting computer classes we would be most delighted if you could share this project with them. Perhaps you could consider donating in honor of your loved ones this year....after all kindess it what makes the world go round. 

Keep well and we'll be in touch soon again,

Iona and the TBF team

Jun 2, 2021

Update Report - June 2021

Dear Friends, 

We hope this message finds you safe, well and feeling optimistic about the future. 

Covid has to varying degrees affected all of us including the communities we support in South-East Asia, and our friends at Koung Jor Refugee Camp are no exception. Thailand has recently had another wave with infection rates going up and lockdowns in place. So far we have not heard of anyone being infected in the refugee camp however it has severly affected the availablilty of seasonal work which the residents rely on for their survival. We are working with the residents to make sure their additional needs are met either from us or other partner organisations. 

You are also likely aware of the violence and coup in Myanmar. We have responded with emergency funding to two local organisations working on the ground with those most at risk. 

The first is support for safe houses for striking workers and activists, including protective gear for protesters, and legal support for people who are detained. Our support helped secure survival kits for people (esp health workers) who have suddenly had to flee their homes to avoid arrest (mosquito nets, soap, sanitary products, change of clothes, towels, food), and funds to build temporary shelters for them in safer areas. 

The second emergency funding reponse has been to an organisation we have worked with over the years, the Shan State Refugee Committee (SSRC). Since food aid was totally cut off to Shan Internally Displaced Person (IDP) Camps a couple years ago, members of each camp formed this committee to provide an avenue of direct support to these camps. Right now, SSRC is the only group with permission from the Thai authorities to give cross-border support to the Shan IDPs, since the borders are closed. They buy rice and then deliver it to the camps that are most in need. During the Covid time, their situation has been dire, because no one can cross the border into Thailand and seek day labourer work outside the camps. Koung Jor is also a member of SSRC. 

If you would like to see what they do or support SSRC directly please do so here: https://shanrefugees.org/

Alternatively if you would like to support our wider emergency relief efforts you can do so by donating directly to this GlobalGiving project or via our website: http://thebranchfoundation.org/donate/

 As always, we are forever grateful for your ongoing support. 

Iona and the TBF team

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