Project #11864

Empower ethnic Burmese refugees through education

by The Branch Foundation
Aug 21, 2013

Project Update - Exciting developments from in the field

A couple of younger residents of the Refugee Camp
A couple of younger residents of the Refugee Camp

Dear kind supporter,

Thanks to your generous donation, the children and young adults of the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp community continue to benefit from supplementary education. Since our last report, we have continued to fund wages for both the computer teacher and education coordinator. They receive 2,500 and 3,000 Thai Baht respectively (approximately 80 and 95 USD) per month for their dedicated work, passing down their knowledge to the younger generations not only within the camp but also to other children in the surrounding area. As well as appropriately rewarding the teachers, we have also continued to provide educational materials and new desks for the students.

The advantages that the extra classes which the youth receive were all too apparent when we heard the exciting news that 5 students have since been accepted into schools both in Mae Sot and Chiang Mai, thus allowing them to further their education. These students and other beneficiaries of this project might well be the leaders in their communities in the future and you have played a vital role in providing them with this opportunity.

It's wonderful to hear from the students how much they want to give back to their communities; after all it is the community itself which made them into what they are today. Sai Oo, the Education Coordinator who has been living in camp for the last 10 years, is currently looking to achieve his goal of obtaining a degree in Information Technology. His dedication to his own people is illustrated well in a recent quote -  "After I complete my degree, I will work for my community by offering IT classes for poor and orphaned children. I believe it's essential to help the development of my Shan people and country (Burma)". This kind hearted attitude rings true throughout Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp.

We would once again like to thank you for being a part of this community’s story of empowerment and sustainability. This September you can continue to help by creating your own fund-raising page on GlobalGiving, allowing you to put your own personal touch in reaching out to other people who might share your interest in providing more opportunities to those less fortunate. To read more about how to create your own fund-raising page, please click HERE.

With sincere gratitude,

Tom Rosen

Sai Oo preparing for an evening computer class
Sai Oo preparing for an evening computer class
Grammar books donated to the camp
Grammar books donated to the camp
Playtime for some of the children
Playtime for some of the children
Art class
Art class
Building the school desks
Building the school desks



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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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