Thank you all once again for your incredible generosity during The Branch Foundation's fundraiser last month!
I am thrilled to announce that the Research and Capacity Building project has now been fully funded. Through all of your donations and a solid amount of matching funds from GlobalGiving, we raised over $4,000 for this project!
In the coming months, The Branch Foundation will receive all of this funding from GlobalGiving. Our first priority is to secure year-long Thai education visas for The Branch Foundation's Executive Director and Project Manager. Through mastering the Thai language, these key staff members will be able to effectively communicate directly with members of our partner communities. Without the use of a translator, The Branch Foundation will be able to establish stronger relationships with these marginalized populations by better understanding their needs and developing tailored projects to create sustainable community development.
The remaining funds from this project will be used to research and cultivate new partnerships within Thailand and South-East Asia. As I mentioned during the fundraiser, The Branch Foundation has successfully implemented several projects within the Koung Jor Shan Refugee Camp and with the CCPCR at-risk girls shelter in Phnom Penh, Cambodia among others. We recently visited the project in Cambodia (documented in a blog post from Iona, our Executive Director: http://thebranchfoundation.tumblr.com/) and received overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding our landmark solar panel project at the Shan Camp (documented in a final report from Tom, our Project Manager: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/solar-lighting-for-600-burmese-refugees/updates/).
Given these recent successes, we at The Branch Foundation are now even more confident that we can effectively implement these project models within other marginalized South-East Asian communities. We plan to use your funding to extensively research which populations are in the direst need of our help, visit these sites and meet with community members, and create promising new projects in order to continue growing the organization.
This will be the final report from this particular project, however, we will keep you updated on all of the exciting new developments at The Branch Foundation through our quarterly newsletter! And please never hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Thank you all again from the bottom of my heart-- not just for supporting The Branch Foundation, but for always supporting me in my global endeavors. I promise to make you proud.
With love and gratitude always,