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.
Dec 1, 2015

It's been another fantastic year...

Teachers receive their certificates after training
Teachers receive their certificates after training

We're always excited to bring you updates from The Branch Foundation office as it gives us the chance to communicate with our valued supporters. The last month of the year is a good time to look back at all what we have achieved along with your help. During 2015, TBF and its partners have concentrated our efforts on providing more educational opportunities for both refugee and migrant communities along the Thai-Burma border. This has come in the form of supporting teacher wages and multiple teacher training sessions at Koung Jor Shan refugee camp, and providing soft skills development workshops in Chiang Mai.

Not only have we been busy with our projects in recent months, but we have also concentrated on ensuring that TBF itself is sustainable as an organisation - this has meant us planning carefully for the long-term. With that in mind, it has always been our goal to put the means of positive change into the hands of the communities with which we work, therefore, we have planned various workshops for the first half of 2016. These include a 'photography for advocacy' and a 'website/blogging' course to ensure that the communities themselves have the opportunity to communicate their needs directly to the world.

For many people, the month of December is a month of giving therefore we would like to inform you about our fundraising initiatives which, following the theme of this year, will help support those who do not have easy access to high quality education. We are inviting people to hold a 'dinner by candlelight', in which people invite their friends and family to eat together without the use of electricity - as is the way of life for many community members with which we work. The proceeds from these dinners will go directly to the following project:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-140-refugees-on-the-thai-burma-border/

If you are interested in helping us reach our goal to continue to support teacher wages and training in a remote refugee camp, please fill out the form on THIS page so we can send you more details.

Alternatively, if you want support this project via the means of a gift to a loved one, please click HERE.

We hope you have a happy festive season and look forward to updating you in the New Year.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team.

Dinner by Candlelight held in Thailand last year
Dinner by Candlelight held in Thailand last year
Help us support these children
Help us support these children's future

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Nov 6, 2015

Final Report - November 2015

Sai Oo at university
Sai Oo at university

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that, due to other sources of funding, Sai Oo's university costs have been fully covered. We would like to thank all the donors to this project for their generosity, as with their help, Sai Oo has been able to pursue his dream of attending university to study Information Technology.

He has proven both to us and his supporters that he is a dedicated student that’s able to achieve high grades even in the subjects that do not come so easily to him. Sai Oo recently explained the current increase in required study in the following email:

" I just finished my midterm exam on last Friday. I did my best on it. This year is harder than first year. There are quite a few projects and subjects which are mostly related to maths. Classes are even held on Sundays and there are also a lot of make up classes on Saturday so it makes all the students very busy. In this semester, we are also doing lab work with our hands such as connecting cables computer to computer. So, things are the same everyday, going to class and reading but it is a lot busier than last year."

We are confident that, even with all the extra work, he will excel in his exams as he has shown he is very capable of in the past.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

Hard at work
Hard at work

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Sep 22, 2015

Update report - September 2015

A few of the younger children at the camp
A few of the younger children at the camp

It's been truly amazing to see the support that this project has had through funds generated via GlobalGiving. We've had donations from all over the world and from people of all ages. We would like to thank you personally for being one of them!

Education is one of the top priorities in this remote refugee camp. Tai Leng, the local Education Coordinator, explains why:

"The supplementary classes at Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp has enabled some students to become local teachers and others have been able to attend higher education at universities in Thailand. We hope to pass on our knowledge to future generations so they will also be able to use education to better their lives."

Your support has enabled us to continue to train and provide wages to local teachers; purchase educational materials for the students and to work together with the community to further develop the classes at the refugee camp. We have lots to look forward to in the coming months. Firstly, we are holding our last teacher training session of 2015 at the end of October. As per usual, we will be sending an experienced trainer to the refugee camp that will be following on from previous sessions in order to provide the teachers with the skills necessary to pass on their knowledge in a low resource environment.

We will also be holding meetings with the camp's education representatives and teachers to plan ahead for 2016. Local expertise is always at the forefront of our future planning and we are looking forward to some fruitful discussions. We also hope to secure another English language teacher volunteer, as Katie (our current volunteer) is pursuing a role with the Peace Corps next month. She has carried out a wonderful job at Koung Jor, inspiring the students with her fun and interactive teaching techniques. We are sure she will be missed at the camp, but we are also excited to provide this opportunity to another volunteer.

If you would like to view further information regarding our education programmes as well as other projects, please click on the following link to view our recently published annual report:

Annual Report 2014/15

We look forward to keep you informed about all the new developments in our next report.

With sincere thanks,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team 

Students studying Information Technology
Students studying Information Technology
A lesson taking place in the local temple
A lesson taking place in the local temple

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