Project #11864

Empower ethnic Burmese refugees through education

by The Branch Foundation
Mar 15, 2013

Why buy a desk when you can make one.....

The local mechanic helping to weld the frames
The local mechanic helping to weld the frames

Firstly, we'd like to thank you again for your generous donations towards this project. Giving the children at the Shan Refugee camp the opportunity to better their education is a truly wonderful gift -- one that will last forever.

With the funds we have received so far, we managed to pay 6 months of wages for both the resident computer teacher and project/education coordinator. This not only rewards them for their dedicated work but also creates an incentive for their students to pass down the knowledge they've gained to their own community in the future.

We've included a couple of videos below so you can see firsthand the benefits that you have helped bring to the youth of this vibrant community:

Ying Kam Lu

Sai Noom

Since the creation of this project, another donor has provided enough stationary to the refugee camp to last them well into the future, so we decided to reallocate money for much needed school desks (15 in total).

Whilst many people would simply buy the desks from the shop, the community members decided to build the desks themselves.  This not only shows that they make the most of the money that is donated but that they utilise skills that exist within the camp. The building of the desks brings welders, carpenters and other residents (including the children themselves -- they provided the final coat of paint!) together.

We sincerely hope that you follow this project along its journey and perhaps let your friends and family know how they too can bring hope and empowerment to people who would otherwise receive little or no help at all.

Many thanks,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team

One the younger residents painting the frames
One the younger residents painting the frames
The camp head man showing off his carpentry skills
The camp head man showing off his carpentry skills
Nearly finished......
Nearly finished......



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The Branch Foundation

Location: Chiang Mai - Thailand
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Tom Rosen
Project Manager
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand

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