Jul 31, 2017

Update Report - August 2017 - 10th Birthday Special

A class from Koung Jor receive their new textbooks
A class from Koung Jor receive their new textbooks

We're always excited to bring you updates from The Branch Foundation and this time we also get to celebrate our 10th Birthday with you! We must start by thanking you for supporting us; our projects are mostly funded by individuals such as yourself and therefore our work would not be possible without you.

It's been an extremely busy few months for The Branch Foundation since we last reported to you and we have a lot of exciting developments to tell you. Firstly, along with our partner organisation Solbakken, we are in the beginning stages of bringing solar lighting to two clinics in remote areas in Karen State, Burma. These two clinics are visited by locals from surrounding villages, providing medical assistance for a population of approximately 5,000 people. By ensuring the clinics have clean and safe solar lighting, they are able to treat patients after dusk. We’re incredibly excited about this new project and will be sure to update you as it progresses.

We’ve also continued our support of local teacher wages at the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp. These dedicated people ensure that the youth of the camp can improve their English skills which further increases their higher education and job opportunities. Not only that, but we also distributed over 100 new English textbooks for the students, along with Audio CDs and other resources for the teachers. The importance of supplementary education is highlighted well in the following quote from Sai Oo, who used to both learn and teach at the camp:

"For education, TBF has helped the children of Koung Jor a lot. I was one of them that TBF helped.  TBF was part of my journey that brought me in the first year of University education."

Last week, we held our Annual General Meeting. This gives us the opportunity to take stock of the previous year, to gain input from our board of trustees/supporters and to further define our future direction. A lot of interesting points were made during the meeting and new ideas raised. We’re optimistic about the year ahead and have concrete plans on how to deliver our mission of facilitating sustainable community development in the region.

Last, but not least, this month is The Branch Foundation’s 10th birthday. This last 10 years has been an incredible journey not only for the organisation itself but also for the communities with which we work. The positive impact we can have over the next decade is limited only by our own imagination and the resources to our disposal. In honour of our birthday, why not consider making a $10 monthly recurring donation if you're not already one of our regular donors. It’s extremely simple to do and only takes a minute or two, simply click HERE.

From all of us at the Branch Foundation, and the communities we’ve worked with over the last decade, we sincerely thank you for your support.

The Branch Foundation team

A clinic in Karen State awaits solar lighting
A clinic in Karen State awaits solar lighting
Students looking through their brand new books
Students looking through their brand new books
A Solbakken technician working on solar equipment
A Solbakken technician working on solar equipment

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May 8, 2017

Update Report - May 2017

Blowing bubbles at Koung Jor refugee camp
Blowing bubbles at Koung Jor refugee camp

It is always with great pleasure that we get to update all our supporters about recent projects and developments. Our goal of promoting sustainable community development in Southeast Asia is only possible with the support of generous individuals such as yourself.

As promised in the last report, we’ve been networking with our existing partners and reaching out to new organisations in Northern Thailand to find opportunities to provide marginalised communities with solar lighting. We are excited about the potential projects we’ve been considering and it is very likely that we’ll be implementing a new renewable energy initiative during the middle of this year - so keep your eyes peeled for our next report in which we can provide you with some more details!

Since our last correspondence with you, The Branch Foundation team spent three weeks in New Zealand - where the organisation is registered. We were busy advocating our work to those not already familiar with it and meeting up with our long term supporters. It’s always great to reconnect with people who’ve followed The Branch Foundation since its infancy, allowing us the chance to discuss with them face to face about how far the organisation has come since 2007 and important recent developments. One of our longest standing supporters had the following kind words to say:

“What I appreciate most about The Branch Foundation, and the reason I still continue my support towards their projects, is the fact that they keep engaged with the communities they support - listening to their needs and following them along their journey towards self reliance and sustainability”.

As March is the last month of our financial year, we’ve also been spending a lot of time preparing for our Annual General Meeting and planning for the year ahead. In the coming months, we’ll be busy with yet another teacher training at Koung Jor Shan refugee camp, enhancing the techniques of local teachers and continuing our support of their wages. We are also on the look out for new capacity building/enterprise development projects in the region.

So, whilst this time of year usually taken up with future planning and admin work, we look forward to providing you with some more project focused updates in the next report.

With gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation team

 

Photo credit: Tessa Bunney

 

One of the weavers we supported previously
One of the weavers we supported previously
Education is key to unlocking the kids' potential
Education is key to unlocking the kids' potential

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Apr 19, 2017

We've reached our target!

Students studying at night with solar lighting
Students studying at night with solar lighting

It is with great pleasure we can announce to you that we have finally reached our funding target for this project. This was only possible with the support from generous people such as yourself who share our vision of providing communities in Southeast Asia with clean and safe electricity for lighting.

Over the next six months, we plan to install solar lighting in remote Karen villages along the Thai-Myanmar border. This will enable the residents to keep the lights on after dark without the use of dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps and candles.

All of us at The Branch Foundation would once again like to thank you for your support towards this project and we look forward to updating you again in the future once the project has been implemented. In the meantime, please feel free to share information about our organisation and projects with your friends and family or subscribe to our newsletter here.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

A remote community in Southeast Asia
A remote community in Southeast Asia
Solar panels collecting energy for lighting
Solar panels collecting energy for lighting

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