The 3 computer teachers
Dear Friends of The Branch Foundation,
We have some exciting news for you! Due to lower than expected expenses and visitors to the refugee camp donating educational materials, we have reached our project goal! Collectively we raised a total of $5,182 USD. A sincere heart felt thank you to all of you who have made this project such a success during 2012-2013, we could not have done it without you.
We have just launched our new project to continue our educational support withinin the same community for 2013-2014 'Educate 140 refugees on the Thai-Burma Border' . With your help, we have been supporting and will continue to support our local Project/Education Coordinator and computer teachers. Given this project's previous success, we are now expanding our support to include a stipend for 5 dedicated Burmese language teachers, 1 new English language teacher and teacher training workshops. Burmese language lessons are crucial for the youth at Koung Jor as it is the national language of Burma. Should the camp residents be forced back into Shan State, Burma, these classes will equip them with the necessary language skills to communicate with authorities and their fellow Burmese citizens. The new English teacher recently participarted in a teacher training workshop and has been employed to help teach the ethusiastic, energetic younger students. We also wanted to include teacher training workshops by skilled native English speakers to support the local teachers in developing their teaching ability and to advance the educational standard within the community.
The education programme doesn't only benefit the children of the refugee camp. The classes are open to students from the surrounding villages, promoting local interaction and cooperation within the community. One student named Sai Seng said “Because of supplementary classes in our camp, I got better marks in school. Even one hour of learning every evening can benefit my knowledge and I can use my time valuably. We meet new local friends at the Camp and we make friends well.”
We are really excited about these additions to our project, and really look forward to working with you on reaching the 2013-2014 funding goal of $6,200 USD, continuing our education project within the amazing Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp community. If you are already one of our special regular monthly donors, your donation will automatically be rolled over to the new project. If you want to become a regular donor, ensuring the sustainability of the project, simply select the 'monthly recurring' payment option. All donations, no matter how small or big, truly make a difference!
We look forward to collaborating with you again and continue advancing education for Burmese refugees.
With warm regards and gratitude,
Young Burmese language class students
Two young residents waiting for class