The Branch Foundation

Our Mission: The Branch Foundation aims to work alongside marginalized communities in South-East Asia to support sustainable community development through education, capacity building and renewable energy solutions. Our Vision: Cohesive South-East Asian communities empowered to be self-reliant and able to participate in opportunities available in the wider community around them.
Sep 15, 2015

Fresh off the press - our Annual Report!

Eleanor Harrison, CEO of GlobalGiving UK
Eleanor Harrison, CEO of GlobalGiving UK

The last few months have been packed with exciting developments. We had the honour of meeting Eleanor Harrison, CEO of GlobalGiving UK, in London. We also met the rest of the GlobalGiving UK team over lunchtime sandwiches and shared information about The Branch Foundation and working in South-East Asia. It was lovely to finally meet in person and to get to know the team and the inner workings of the office a little better. In August we also had the previlage of having Alice & Tapiwa GlobalGiving UK's Field Evaluation team visit us in Chiang Mai. During their five day visit we also took Alice and Tapiwa to the Koung Jor refugee camp to meet the community and see our projects first hand. You can read more about their trip here.

It is also with great excitement that I present you with our very first Annual Report! I hope you enjoy it and are proud of what we have collectively achieved, I know I sure am. As I saw the pages of the report come together it became evident just how much we had achieved in one year....

The Branch Foundation - Annual Report 2014/15

As we near the final quarter of this year we are in full holiday fundraising planning mode. We will be hosting our annual Chiang Mai fundraiser on October 30th, we’ll also be bringing back our successful Dinner by Candlelight campaign and of course our ever popular Gifts of a Different Kind. We will be sure to keep you updated and look forward to an exciting few months ahead.

With gratitude,

Iona Proebst and The Branch Foundation Team.

Alice & Tapiwa
Alice & Tapiwa
Meeting with the Koung Jor head man
Meeting with the Koung Jor head man

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Aug 11, 2015

Update report - August 2015

Sai Oo outside his faculty building
Sai Oo outside his faculty building

We are delighted to update you on the progress of Sai Oo's studies at Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, Thailand. In June, he completed the 2nd semester of his course in Information Technology and we learnt that he managed to gain a 3.83 Grade Point Average. This did not come as a surprise for us as we know all too well his hardworking and dedicated character.

His impressive grades earned him a potential scholarship to study in the UK for his 2nd year. This was an amazing opportunity for him and would of made Sai Oo the first person from Koung Jor refugee camp to study in Europe. Unfortunately, due to the late notice and the travel logistics of a required test, Sai Oo just missed out on securing this placement. We are hopeful that this once in a lifetime opportunity will be available to him again for his 3rd year.

Attending university does not come without its challenges. The following is a quote from a report we received from Sai Oo regarding his experiences so far:

"I missed my refugee camp very much while living in University. Missing the place where I worked every day, missing the people I would meet every day. Usually, when I move to new place alone, I miss the old place and people very much. However, I followed my goal by thinking for the future and therefore could continue."

During October, Sai Oo will be taking his midterm examinations and we will make sure to keep you updated. Until then, we would like to thank you on behalf of Sai Oo for your generous support.

With gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

The stunning scenery of Chiang Rai
The stunning scenery of Chiang Rai

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Aug 10, 2015

Final Report - August 2015

We have some great news! The remote Internally Displaced Persons community of Loi Lum have managed to receive additional funding to this project and now have a solar system to light up the school and even use printers. Collectively we have brought solar light to every house and now finally the school has light too! We are emensely proud, this would not have been possible without you. Our local partners, The Shan State Development Foundation, had the following to say:

"We really appreciate your kind support in bringing light to the faces, homes and school of this remote community" 

Stay tuned as we will most likely have another solar project up soon and also hope to repeat our successful Dinners by Candle Light campaign later this year. 

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team.

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