Getting updates from our grandma at the camp
The Branch Foundation team would like to start off by thanking our supporters, without whom we would not be able to carry out projects which empower marginalised communities in Southeast Asia.
Over the past few months, we’ve been busy ensuring that our current projects are running smoothly, preparing for our Annual General Meeting and networking with our partner organisations. As both of the management team (Iona and Tom) will be moving to London next month, we felt it was important to reinforce the relationships we’ve built over the years with other hard working non-profits who also do great work in the region. As The Branch Foundation is transitioning into a more traditional fund raising body, we look forward to continue to work with these organisations in the future.
This month, we also made a trip to Koung Jor refugee camp. It was great to see all our friends there and to catch up with all the latest news over some hot green tea. It was wonderful to hear the camp headman sound so positive about the future of the community and how that, by working alongside side each other, we’ve been able to achieve so much together. We also brought with us lots of clothes which had been donated, teaching materials to help the English evening classes and a sewing machine to help residents earn a sustainable income.
In recent days, an update from the Shan State Refugee Committee was received by our team regarding the food relief at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps across the border in Burma/Myanmar. We were pleased to hear that the money we donated is still being used to help provide rice to families who’ve recently experienced shortages in basic supplies.
On Wednesday 18th of July, GlobalGiving will hold their annual bonus day which means that any donation made between 9am and 11:59pm EDT towards our project will be matched by 50% whilst funds last. Therefore, it would be greatly appreciated if you could share this information with your friends and family. We look forward to keeping you updated on our activities in the future.
With sincere gratitude,
The Branch Foundation team
Tom and Iona with the Koung Jor team
Donations of clothes and teaching materials
Rice distribution - Shan State Refugee Committee