"Pure unsoiled religion in the judgment of God the Father means this: to care for *orphans and widows in their trouble….." (James 1:27) *As in Matthew, the word implies personal service and help. [James Moffatt translation.]
When Friends of Burma first began in 1985, we focused on higher education primarily. In the 1990's the Karen Baptist Convention (KBC) began operating orphanages for the many children who were products of unrest in Karen and Shan states, and for children of very poor villages. Thus, FOB began supporting orphans.
We now support nine childcare centers under the KBC, one under the supervision of the Loikaw Baptist church, and one long time independent facility in Taunggyi, which was originally started by 3 sisters. Although there are other donors who give support, our support is crucial for the continued survival of the KBC facilities. Here is a success story for one of the orphans.
Naw Esther, first arrived at the orphanage on June 1, 1998 and began sch…
Friends of Burma, Inc is an incorporated 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. It is governed by a sixteen member board that meets once a year alternating between Peoria (Phoenix, AZ) and Fort Wayne, IN. Between meetings motions are voted on by e-mail.
One of our board members has elected not to run again so we are looking for a board member. Terms are for five years.
The board is a mixture of Burmese and White Americans, Middle aged and old. Oops, senior citizens!
Most board members support FOB financially unless they contribute a needed skill. We are looking for a board member very interested in helping the Burmese. Since all of our board members are over 40, a younger person might be of special interest.
FOB has no stipend for the board members, as our organization is almost completely volunteer. You have the gratitude of the Burmese people for what you do. Board members travel to the annual meeting at their own expense.