Dec 2, 2016

Update Report - December 2016

Some of the younger residents of the camp
Some of the younger residents of the camp

The Branch Foundation team and the community members at the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp would like to thank you once again for your contribution towards of this vital project.

Since we last updated you, we have continued to support the stipends of the camp's English and computer teachers and also the wages of the education coordinator whose role it is to ensure that the education project runs smoothly on a daily basis. These hard working members of the community dedicate their time so that the youth are provided with the opportunity to pursue further education in the future.

In the coming months, we will be focusing our attention on trying to raise enough funds so that we can fulfil our commitment of supporting local teacher wages until March 2018, at which point we hope that the community will have progressed to a point to which they are self-sufficient in terms of financial support towards this education programme. In order to help us achieve this, please consider donating again or sharing information about this project with your friends and family.

With Sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

A computer lesson in action
A computer lesson in action
An art class to get those creative juices flowing
An art class to get those creative juices flowing
Nov 17, 2016

Update Report - November 2016

A girl playing at the refugee camp
A girl playing at the refugee camp

Before we begin to update you on our recent activities, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has generously donated to this project. The support from people like yourselves enables us to promote sustainable community development in Southeast Asia.

During the last three months, we have been focusing our efforts in improving educational activities in Northern Thailand, both for refugee and migrant communities. Last week, we finished our Softskills workshop at an organisation called Bridging Educational Access for Migrants (B.E.A.M). This workshop helps students in their application for higher education by teaching them how to write CVs/resumes in English, provides them with interview techniques and also helps them prepare cover letters so that their applications make a good first impression. A student from last years course had the following to say:

"I liked the process of writing a CV as it allowed me to communicate my skills in a new and different way. I feel this workshop is useful for all the students at BEAM".

Continuing on the theme of education, we have also been supporting the wages of 9 English teachers, a computer teacher and an education coordinator at a refugee camp based on the Thai-Burma border. Since our last report to you, we also provided our 5th teacher training workshop in this community which focused on helping the teachers use the new textbooks we donated.

As well as focusing on our existing projects, we have also been busy researching potential projects for the forthcoming year. We're excited about what the future holds for us and hope that you continue to follow our journey of working alongside communities to improve the lives of marginalised people.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

A student from BEAM reads out her cover letter
A student from BEAM reads out her cover letter
An English lesson at Koung Jor Shan refugee camp
An English lesson at Koung Jor Shan refugee camp

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Oct 27, 2016

Update Report - October 2016

Installing a solar panel at Koung Jor refugee camp
Installing a solar panel at Koung Jor refugee camp

We would like to start this report by thanking you for your donation. The majority of our projects are supported by individual donors so without the generosity from people such as yourself, our work simply would not be possible. As we are still a long way from reaching our target goal for this initiative, we will focus our attention on raising funds until a time in which it can be implemented. In the meantime, let us give you some background regarding our previous solar projects so that you have some idea of just how important bringing solar lighting into people's lives is:

Solar lighting at Koung Jor refugee camp

Our first solar project took place in 2012 at a refugee camp in Northern Thailand which is home to ethnic Shan who fled Burma due to violence and persecution. We installed solar lighting systems in every household which enabled just under 600 residents to have access to this green and safe technology. This improved safety, education and income generation standards in this community. To find out more about this project, please click HERE.

Retrofitting of solar systems at a Karen village in Thailand

For this project, we partnered with the Border Green Energy Team. Solar systems in this isolated village in Thailand had already been installed by the Government, yet many of these systems had since failed to work. This is due to the lack of maintenance training that was provided to the villagers and also outdated technology. We helped repair solar panels and other components, and provided training so that these systems could be repaired locally. More information regarding this project can be found HERE.

Solar lighting for an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Burma

This project was implemented at the beginning of 2015. Residents of this small community lived in a very remote area close to the Thai-Burmese border and did not have access to electricity. Using GlobalGiving, we raised enough funds to provide solar lanterns for approximately 120 people. Please click HERE for more information.

Solar lighting for 115 school children from Burma

This project also took place during the first months of 2015. We partnered with Solbakken, a grassroots organisation who are specialised in bringing solar lighting and clean water to remote communities both in Thailand and in Burma. The solar lighting we installed allowed 115 school children to be able to study at night and therefore bring an overall improvement in the quality of education in this small community. You can find the GlobalGiving page for this project by clicking HERE.

We hope that in the next update we are closer to our funding target. To help us get there, please feel free to share this project with your friends and family.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation team

 

The Branch Foundation and Solbakken teams
The Branch Foundation and Solbakken teams
Installing a new control box to an existing system
Installing a new control box to an existing system
 
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