2nd high school for refugees along the Thai-Burma border

Burma, a country where Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians coexist, known for the beautiful temples, and quiet, reserved demeanor of the people – in particular Dr Aung San Suu Kyi – is situated between India to its west, Thailand to its east, and China to its north.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (13 July 1995)
Aung San Suu Kyi

For the past couple of years, my friend Edith has served on the board of directors of a nonprofit called Burma Community Builders.

“The primary focus of BCB is building schools for Burmese refugees and internally displaced people along the Thai-Burma border, where tens of thousands have fled the oppressive military regime to live in refugee villages with few modern amenities.

The first school which was funded by BCB, and built by the community, opened on May 31, is only the second high school in the region and offers free tuition to students. It will give young people in the region a foundation to a more hopeful future.

Burma Community Builders are now raising funds to operate the school for the next few years.

  • A donation of $350 will pay a teacher for a year.
  • A donation of $165 will provide room and board for a student for one year.
  • For $50, a student will be able to attend day school for one year.
  • $15 will provide school materials for a student.
Map of Burma

Displaced villagers studying in the middle of the jungle

Like the South African leader Nelson Mandela, imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr Aung San Suu Kyi‘s (pronounced Ong San Soo Chee)has become an international symbol of heroic and peaceful resistance in the face of oppression. She represents Burma’s only hope that one day there will be an end to the country’s military repression.

Aung San Suu Kyis birthday is June 19th. Join me in sending a donation to the school in her honor so we can (a) let this remarkably brave woman know that the world hasn’t forgotten her, and (b) help ensure that there will be educated young people when she and her country are finally free.

Visit BCB’s website to make a donation and to sign up for their mailing list.

If you prefer not to make a donation online and would rather mail a donation, checks made payable to “Burma Community Builders,” can be sent to:

Burma Community Builders
P.O. Box 1063 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Questions for Edith at  eb@burmacommunitybuilders.org

or BCB founder Gordon Welty  info@burmacommunitybuilders.org

Burma Community Builders is a 501(c)3 organization


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3 Responses to 2nd high school for refugees along the Thai-Burma border

  1. Reuben says:

    Thank you for supporting this cause and spreading the word about BCB. Dr Suu Kyi is also a concert pianist.

  2. What a beautiful face she has — like an angel!
    Cannot believe she has been under house arrest for all these years. What a horrid, repressive regime!

  3. E fullstop says:

    Thank you kindly for spreading the word!

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