Apr 23, 2012

Poverty relief & welfare in South-East Asia - Initial Report

School bus taking refugee children to school
School bus taking refugee children to school

Firstly, we'd like to sincerely thank everybody that has donated to this vital project so far. The aim of this project is to enable us to quickly respond to emergency situations with the communities we work with and your generosity has taken us closer to that goal.

The disbursement of funds for the project from GlobalGiving has only just reached our Organisation's account, and we hope that with further donations from people like you, we can continue to build on this contingency fund so that unexpected situations can be rectified with the urgency in which they require.

In the past, The Branch Foundation has helped emergency situations such as school bus funding, food relief and new thatched roofs for houses which were affected by severe storms. These are the type of activities that your kind donation will allow us to quickly undertake in the future.

We hope that you continue to advocate and support this much-needed project, and we will keep you updated with any news regarding the activities we undertake from this vital contingency fund.

With sincere thanks,

The Branch Foundation

Residents building the new roof we helped provide
Residents building the new roof we helped provide
Bags of yellow beans ready for distribution
Bags of yellow beans ready for distribution
Mar 12, 2012

Solar panel installation trip at Refugee Camp.

One of the residents and her new solar panel
One of the residents and her new solar panel

We just returned from the solar panel installation trip, and it was a great success!!

Your generous donations really have made a difference, and we would like to warmly thank you on behalf of the community. We watched the solar panels being handed out to each individual family, the acutal panels being installed and then the absolute delight (and often disbelief) as people turned on the light switch for the first time. 

One 70 year old women said with tears in her eyes "this is the first electricity I have ever had in any home I lived in, I am lost for words.' This rhetoric was echoed around the community, and the excitement was visible on everyones faces. It was a humbling experience, and 'you are welcome' just did not seem to measure the gratitude of the community. 

Two journalists came on the trip and are busy working on a story with the focus of 'The World's First Solar Lit Refugee Camp,' and we will be sure to send you a link once it's ready. We, at The Branch Foundation, are excited that YOU helped make this project such a success!

To view a gallery of our recent visit, please click here

In the next month the community members will receive training on solar panel maintenance. We are also looking into developing further alternative energy projects in the camp such as a biogas system which is currently in the pilot project phase.

We have two other exciting yet vital projects on GlobalGiving. For more information regarding them, please visit our main page:

http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/9732/the-branch-foundation/

Thank you for your ongoing support!

With gratitude,

The Branch Foundation Team

Walking home happy
Walking home happy
Installing one of the solar panels
Installing one of the solar panels
The light that you helped generate
The light that you helped generate
Switching on her first ever light bulb
Switching on her first ever light bulb

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Jan 30, 2012

Update - Solar Lighting for 600 Burmese Refugees

The traditional greeting
The traditional greeting

It has been truly humbling to see everyone's kind donations and interest towards our project to supply every family in a refugee camp consisting of 600 residents with solar lighting.

With your help, we easily managed to reach our original target goal of $5,000 within the first few weeks of the challange and now have a permanent spot on GlobalGiving which provides us with a great opportunity to raise funds for future projects. So far we have received donations from 130 people from over 10 different countries, proving that even the smallest donation can make a large difference!

When we heard we reached our target goal and told the camp headman, he replied 'Congratulations to you and us. Wow!! you did a very very great job. We are all looking at each other with smiling faces'.

We are looking forward to implementing the project in February, and showing what community spirit along with the help from generous people like you can achieve in the next report. There has been a lot of media interest regarding this project as this is the first solar powered refugee camp in the world. We can't wait to update you further.

Once again, thank you for your continued support, it is with your help that we are able to achieve such amazing things and hope to continue to do so far into the future.

One of our existing solar panels in the camp
One of our existing solar panels in the camp
Residents of the refugee camp
Residents of the refugee camp

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