Firstly, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We're looking forward to see what 2023 has in store and, with your help, to continue to support marginalised communities in South-East Asia.
A new year brings the opportunity to reflect on what we want to achieve and to put strategies in place to make these goals into reality. We plan to continue our support at the Koung Jor refugee camp, a community which we have been working alongside for well over a decade. Past projects include solar lighting, weaving centres and English lessons and we look forward to maintaining our support of project coordination within the camp as well as computer classes for the children.
We will also be monitoring the situation in Myanmar, keeping our ears close to the ground in regards to any ad-hoc support we can provide to communities which have fallen through the net of larger international aid organisations.
As ever, we are extremely grateful for your continued support, our work would simply not be possible without the generosity of people such as yourself.
We hope this message finds you well.
Just a quick update from us at TBF. The last few months have been fairly uneventful with the exception of having our 2022 AGM and submitting all our documents to the New Zealand Charities Commission. Despite the challenges of the past year we were impressed to see just how much we had collectively achieved over the 2021-2022 financial year. Thank you for all your help, without your continued support our work would simply not be possible.
Besides that we are delighted that one of our good friends Sai Oo recently got married. Many of you will remember him as he was our Education Coordinator at Koung Jor for many years and now has returned to the camp where he lives in a house with his wife. We could not be more happy for him!
Looking ahead we plan to do more emergency funding to organisations that need it most, dealing with both the ongoing crisis in Burma / Myanmar and the fall out from the Covid 19 pandemic.
Thanks again for all your support!
The Branch Foundation team
We wanted to take the opportunity to give you a quick update.
Like all of us, our friends at Koung Jor refugee camp have been affected by the pandemic. Luckily there have been very few cases but still they've had to isolate from the surrounding villages and had even less access to seasonal work than usual. We are in talks with the community on how we can help support their recovery from this troublesome time.
In the past few months we've donated emergency supplies to marginalised communities inside Burma / Myanmar. Communities that receive very little or no aid and are effected by the continued fighting.
We've also continued funding the computer classes at Koung Jor and seen just how much of a difference the new computers have made. We are going to keep our computer project open on global Giving for a few more months to see if we can get a little closer to our fundraising goal and enable the community to get a few more new computers.
If you want help us reach our goal, the project linke is here:
With all our gratitue,
Iona and the TBF team.
We would like to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year! We hope this year is a happy and healthy one.
At TBF we are excited to see what 2022 has in store and to continue the work we collectively do with you to support thousands of marginalised people in South-East Asia.
We recently heard from Koung Jor community that they are weathering the pandemic well, with everyone fully vaccinated and reporting only one household that contracted Covid-19 in the past 2 years. The community is mostly isolating from the other nearby villages so seasonal work and a means for families to generate further income is very difficult. Our support for their Education Project is even more important than ever before and is providing a vital lifeline to the outside world with access to the internet and computer literacy.
The crisis in Burma/Myanmar is horrific, to say the least, with flighting, torture and airstrikes on innocent civilians on a daily basis. International media continues to not report the severity of the issue and displaced people are still feeling the fighting and crossing in to Thailand. We are working with local organisations to help with emergency funding so it reaches those who need it most.
We are so grateful for your continued support.
We hope this update finds you well.
Since our last report we have provided another round of emergency funding for The Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and the Shan Refugee Committee (SSRC). Both organisations work on the ground with local groups who directly help those most affected by the ongoing crisis in Burma/ Myanmar. The funds have been used for temporary shelter, clothing and basic supplies, like sanitary and hygiene products as well as food. We will continue to support these organisations when we have the funds available to do so.
We also held our Annual General Meeting on August 25th in London. It was great to see what we have acommplished over the past financial year despite the many callenges of Covid 19. Attached is a summary of our Annual Return submitted to the New Zealand Charities Commission for you too see what we have collectively achieved. We are forever grateful for your support and are excited to be able to share our collective achievements with you.
Keep an eye out for our end of year fundraising campaigns and we'll be in touch again soon.
Iona and the TBF team
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