BVP volunteer Alexa with her students!
To all our supporters,
We at BVP would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who has supported our first fundraising initiative ‘Support the Burma Volunteer Program’ campaign on Global Giving. Since June, the project has raised an impressive US$2,579 bringing us closer to our eventual goal of US$20,000.
Thanks to your contributions, we can continue to support our local partner organizations in their crucial work in the fields of health care, education, community development, democratization, human rights, women's empowerment and poverty alleviation. Since June, we have welcomed 7 new volunteers and now have a total of 20 volunteers working with partner organizations in the Thailand-Burma border regions of Sangkhlaburi, Mae Sot, Mae Hong Son, Mae Sariang as well as 3 refugee camps.
15 of our volunteers are involved in developing curriculum and teaching subjects ranging from English language to social sciences. These volunteers roughly work 25 hours per week, teaching on average 10 students or staff members from their placement organization. 3 of our volunteers work in refugee camps, teaching between 30 to over 100 students per day. The remaining 5 of our volunteers are working on average 25 - 30 hours per week in non-teaching placements conducting research, human rights documentation, report writing and producing funding proposals. This important work carried out by our volunteers enables young people to gain access to higher education opportunities and empowers them to become leaders and change makers in their communities.
BVP is expecting 19 more volunteers over September and October. We are also celebrating our longest serving BVP volunteer to date. Lenka has now been working tirelessly at her organization for almost 2 years!
Here is a quote from Stephanie, one of our volunteers in Sangkhlaburi:
“I am so proud of my students for all they have accomplished. I am amazed by how much I have learned through this experience and I am sad to be leaving what I've grown to know as my family and home for the past three months. I am already making plans to return and continue this important work with people from Burma on the Thailand-Burma border."
BVP would like to thank you once again for your kind support and we encourage you to spread the word about our program and fundraising intiative. On October 17th, Global Giving will be holding another Bonus Day. On this day, Global Giving will match donations to our project by 50% (up to a specified limit)!
We will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
Program Manager, Burma Volunteer Program