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To whom it may concern,
I just finished watching the documentary film, ‘They Call It Myanmar’, and I was deeply moved. I immigrated to Canada at the age of 3 from the Philippines and I grew up not rich but in an environment where education and health care was free. University education did come at a price but there were resources there to help me get through. The government in Canada is not perfect but they are kept accountable. I grew up in a nation of great access to free health care and to free education up to high school. My husband grew up in East Berlin and back in Germany education is free, even up to University. I am a professional structural engineer with over 14 years of experience in the industry and I also create artwork on the side. I would like to donate/help out even in small steps, the people of Myanmar. Please send over some useful links or websites of organizations where donations go straight to the people of Myanmar.
Thank you and thank you for creating this film. This country will be in my thoughts and in my prayers.
Mrs. Joan Andal Romano, P.Eng.
Thank you for sharing your experiences! A colleague of ours has provided us with some advice in regards to making donations. Partners Asia was mentioned as a favorite long-standing, non-profit, organization in the field, successfully having “implemented the empowerment philosophy everyone talks about” and accepting donations, “most of which end up in the hands of people in Burma.”
I just watched the film on Nexflix. I really enjoyed it. I traveled South East Asia a year ago and didn’t make it to Mynmar. Travelers told me beautiful things about the country. I went to travel S.E. Asia to see and taste the culture. But I want to do more in my next travel. I’m hoping you could give me some names of organizations that need volunteers. The documentary made me feel lucky to live.
We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed it! Here is a list of organizations that have been recommended by our colleagues:
-Not always looking for volunteers but a favorite, Partners Asia, is known for instilling a sense of empowerment; they also accept donations as a non-profit: http://partnersasia.org/3-trips-to-burma-myanmar-with-partners-asia/
-Controversial at times, the U.S. Campaign for Burma is a leading American advocacy organization with contacts in most major cities and is especially good for those who want to help the local refugee community: http://uscampaignforburma.org/
-Green Empowerment and Border Green Energy Team are lesser known non-profits, they work to make clean energy accessible to the people of Myanmar: http://www.greenempowerment.org/ and http://www.bget.org
-A bigger player EarthRights International has a strong program: http://www.earthrights.org/campaigns/burma-project
-Less familiar to us but with a focus on women’s rights, there is the Women’s League of Burma and Burmese Women’s Union: http://womenofburma.org/ and http://www.burmesewomensunion.org/
We hope you find this helpful, safe travels!
Thank you for making this documentary about a country most know nothing of. Enlightening, informative and troubling but ultimately hopeful. A very unique and complex people are the Burmese, and this documentary makes you want to delve deeper into the history.
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