Project #11864

Empower ethnic Burmese refugees through education

by The Branch Foundation
Jun 5, 2013

Meet Sai Noom!

Some of the children in the camp ready for school
Some of the children in the camp ready for school

We’d like to introduce you to Sai Noom, a teenage boy at the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp on the Thai-Burma Border.  When violence broke out in Shan State, Burma, Sai Noom and his family fled the region and settled at Koung Jor with hundreds of other refugees.  Since then, Sai Noom has lost both of his parents, but remains fervently hopeful for a brighter future.

Sai Noom joins the other Koung Jor youth in attending a local Thai school during the day, where they previously struggled to keep up and fit in due to their different origins.  Through funding from The Branch Foundation, Koung Jor can provide extra English lessons and computer classes for the students at the Camp in the evening.  In a recent thank you video, Sai Noom expresses his gratitude to the generous donors like you who have helped create invaluable opportunities for him and his peers.  In his own words, he says “[Because of this project], I can learn English and attend Computer classes. I would like to thank all you donors.”

On June 12, 2013, GlobalGiving will be holding a Bonus Day, where they will match all donations made to our Education Project by 40%! This Bonus Day, you can help us continue to further educate Sai Noom and his fellow students in the Koung Jor community. Bonus Day begins at 9:00 AM EST (see this time in your timezone).  We thank you all for the invaluable support you have already given to this project, and hope that you continue to join our team in this vital endeavor!

With the greatest appreciation,

Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team 

One of the computer classes in action
One of the computer classes in action
The children on their way to the local school
The children on their way to the local school



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Organization Information

The Branch Foundation

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

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