EMPOWERING A HEALTHY AND EDUCATED BURMA/MYANMAR THROUGH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
No Army Oversight
Despite the election of Aung San Suu Ky's National League for Democracy to hold the majority of seats in parlimant, the Myanmar Army continues its assaults on the ethnic minorities.
The Army attacks villages, killing citizens, burning crops and seizing land for international development. Rape is used as a weapon of war to intimidate communities.
650,000 people are internally displaced and at least twice as many are isolated without infrastructure. Others have fled the country, living in refugee camps or as undocumented workers.
THE IMPACT ON HEALTH, EDUCATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS IS DEVASTATING
Burma has one the world’s worst health care systems, with some of the highest rates of malaria, tuberculosis, AIDS, dysentery, diarrhea and other communicable illnesses in the world. In the ethnic conflict areas of Burma, the government provides no healthcare. 15% of children die before their 5th birthday, mostly from illnesses that are easily preventable. Malaria accounts for nearly half of all deaths. 1 in 12 expecting mothers will not survive pregnancy.
Food is considered a fundamental human right. Yet the ruling elite systematically denies food to the civilian population of Burma. The UN World Food Program estimates that 18% of households lack access to enough food to meet their dietary needs and 27% of children under the age of 5 are chronically malnourished enough to stunt their growth.
Internationally, education is regarded as an indispensable human right. In Burma, however, it is inaccessible to most people. The ruling elite understands that education is dangerous to their maintenance of power and control: when people are educated they question the government and demand their rights. According to the United Nations, overall Burma ranks 164 out of 168 countries for public expenditure on education. Education opportunities are almost nonexistent in ethnic areas of Burma.
Women and girls face disadvantages in Burma. Forced displacement exposes refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons, especially women and girls, to additional risks and exploitation. Violence against women, especially rape, sexual assault, abduction, forced prostitution and sexual slavery, are caused by conflict and poverty.
We equip community based BACKPACK MEDICS who travel among their people to administer primary healthcare services to counter the effects of malnutrition, disease and violence. Read our full 2016 Annual Backpack Medic Report.
We are honored to thank these organizations for their support of our medic teams.
We support grassroots education to empower youth and communities.
Educates children who've been compelled into indentured servitude in order to sustain their families. Mobile classrooms provide an opportunity to develop vocational skills and learn basic literacy, math and computer skills in a safe environment to gain self-confidence and develop critical thinking skills through innovative, interactive instruction.
Provides education at an international standard, by increasing general knowledge, promoting critical and lateral thinking, and providing awareness of world issues. Encourages a new generation to have a personal commitment to Burma, so students will return to Burma or the border after university and/or additional training, to guide and educate their people, and continue to work for change in their communities.
Educates migrant children from Burma who are not allowed by Thai authorities to attend Thai Schools. Provides general education to children from preschool through 12th Grade while also reinforcing cultural traditions to children who have been displaced from Burma. Provides a safe educational setting to the children of Backpack Medics while their parents are in the field.
We enable capacity building efforts to empower a new generation of leadership and cross-cultural peacemaking.
Strives to educate and engage the Whitman College community in issues of global public health through discussions, events and films to instill students with a sense of personal investment in the broad fight for global health equity while supporting specific grass-roots health, education and capacity building partnerships.
Empowers underrepresented communities in Myanmar through trainings, workshops, classes, and outreach programs. Encourages individual and community leadership providing direct benefit to communities. This model merges theory with action to prepare leaders to effect positive change.
SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY
We empower you to exercise your health and creativity to support and advocate for the people of Burma.
Join the Run for Burma team for the Marine Corps Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Paris Marathon, USA Tough Mudder or any other athletic endeavor of your choice!
Lather up and save two lives! Each bar of hand-made soap provides malaria medication for a pregnant mother!
Join us for the 5th annual Run for Refugees at Utah's Refugee Day Festival at Liberty Park on July 15th. All proceeds support education for the children of Backpack medics at CDC School.
An important message for our time...and each shirt provides support to backpack medic teams.
We have a SMALL, STREAMLINED BOARD and low overhead in order to maximize responsiveness and effectiveness to our programs.
We believe that every dollar you donate can make a difference for the people of Burma and act with the highest level of FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY.
We believe enduring peace in Burma will only be possible when women and men enjoy EQUAL OPPORTUNITYto rise to their potential.
CLIMATE CHANGE is one of most urgent and serious environmental, economic, political, social and humanitarian issues of our time. As advocates for the future of the people of Burma, we call upon global leaders to act to prevent climate change, to mitigate the effects of climate change, and to level the global playing field with regard to Least Developed Nations, such as Burma/Myanmar. We will partner with organizations that are working to develop the country to ensure a healthy future. We support the Paris Agreement!
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