Membership Spotlight: Myanmar/Burma Relief and Welfare Association

Every month we feature one of our members and ask them what their organisation is about and what they’ve been up to. This month we caught up with  Myanmar/Burma Relief and Welfare Association and spoke to them about their work.

Tell us a little bit about the origins of your organisation?

Myanmar/Burma Relief and Welfare Association is a non-political, non-religious and non-profit making voluntary organisation. It was set up in 2001 by a group of like-minded individuals resident in the UK wishing to facilitate culturally effective and sensitive social care and development to Myanmarese / Burmese people who are in dire need of various kinds of Support services.

Tell us briefly, what does your organisation do?

Our main aims and objectives are to assist the mental, physical, social and economic development of Burmese people, both here in the UK and in Burma. We work to address the needs of people of Burmese origin in areas including health and social services, housing, employment, further education, vocational training and entrepreneurial skills development. We also get involved in policy level activities concerning the Burmese community.

 

How long have you been a Voice4Change member/Why did you become a member?

MBRWA have been a member of Voice4Change England for approximately five years.  We believe that it is very important for a small BME organisation such as ourselves to be affiliated to an infrastructure body so that we have opportunities to network and access the support and training that is on offer.

 

What’s the biggest success for your organisation so far?

Further to MBRWA’s timely response to the Cyclone ‘Nargis’ crisis in Burma when it was able to donate food and other essential items to those affected by the disaster and, contribute  towards the invaluable work of the local Burmese doctors’ health sessions in the affected areas.  MBRWA was able to complete its commitment of assisting three children’s charities in Burma, supporting disabled children, children affected by HIV & AIDS, the very poor and orphaned children with funds to help meet their needs.

 

What is unique about your organisation?

Our ability to bring together the diverse Burmese people of different faiths and backgrounds, in a cohesive way, for social development and other purposes.

 

What is the biggest challenge for your organisation in the year ahead?

In the UK:  In working for inclusion of the particular needs of Burmese people in mainstream planning and provisions.

In Burma:  Contributing our attributes and acumen in the development of Burmese people under the new transformational changes.

 

How can people get involved with your organisation?

We would warmly welcome active support from people of all backgrounds who are genuinely interested in the humanitarian aims and objectives of MBRWA. We need volunteers to do the important work of helping Myanmarese / Burmese people in various ways, including Outreach/Befriending . We are also seeking well established and influential people from all sections of the UK community, who take an interest in the welfare of Myanmarese / Burmese people and who would like to dedicate their valuable acumen, influence and dynamism, to act as our Patrons and help put MBRWA in a position to enable it to provide essential and purposeful support to Myanmarese / Burmese people.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer or Patron please email Michael at: myanmarburmaorg@yahoo.co.uk

For more information about MBRWA visit www.myanmar-burmarelief.org.uk