Burma (Via Thailand)

Supporting Education of Children of Backpack Medics 



BGR's partner, the Burma Humanitarian Mission (BHM), is a U.S.-registered 501(c)3 based in Utah. In Myanmar, the army has oppressed, isolated, and attacked the country's ethnic minorities. The result has been a health crisis whereby 135 infants out of 1,000 do not survive their first month, while 60% of children's deaths could be prevented with basic medicine. In response, BHM teamed with Backpack Health Worker Teams (BPHWT) to provide mobile medical care to isolated ethnic villages and internally displaced person camps. The backpack medics are recruited from the people they will serve. This project with BGR funds the education for the medics' children—55 children in 2018. The school is located in Mae Sot, Thailand, removed from the violence in Myanmar. Thirty-one students are children of medics working in Myanmar's conflict zones, and 24 are children of backpack medics who staff the health workers' office in Mae Sot. The students attend a migrant school͛ in Mae Sot, known as the Child Development Center. The grant from BGR will fund students' uniforms, socks, shoes, backpacks, lunchbox, notebooks, pens and pencils, and other school materials as well as the school administration fee. Additional funding from BGR will provide a food subsidy for the BPHWT staff in Mae Sot and their families. Annually renewable project

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BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of nine of our current 29 projects. Please select "Current Projects" from the menu on the left to see them all.