Ten years ago today was one of the most devastating in our lives. Our father was assassinated by agents of the Burmese military dictatorship.
We decided to set up the Phan Foundation in his memory, and in memory of our mother Nant Kyin Shwe, to continue their work, especially helping young people.
Can you help support our work with a donation?
We lived in Karen villages, we hid in the jungle after the Burmese army attacked our village. We lived in refugee camps and struggled to access education. We grew up in Karen State but our parents came from the Irrawaddy Delta. We know first-hand the challenges people face. Working with local organisations, we also know who is doing good work, and how difficult it can be to get funding for their work. That’s why we decided to work differently from many other organisations.
We have limited funding, but we make sure that the funds we have reach communities on the ground, especially those struggling to find funding elsewhere, who we know are doing good work. We also make long term commitments for funding, not just one off grants leaving them wondering where money will come from the following year. They can depend on us and plan for the future.
We have funded nursery schools for the children of refugees and internally displaced people, we provide salaries for school teachers, we fund children in remote villages with no schools to stay in a boarding house in a village which has a school, enabling them to receive an education.
We have also provided funding in emergencies, for example for when floods struck the Delta, and people lost their homes, their crops, everything. We also helped fund emergency medical care for two Kachin children seriously injured by shrapnel when the Burmese military bombed their village.
The Foundation also set up an annual award, the Padoh Mahn Sha young leader award, to encourage and support young Karen people who are working to help their communities. This was something very close to our father’s heart.
We would like to expand our work, and help more people. We’d like to ask for your help with that. Could you make a regular commitment to donate to us once a month?
A commitment from you to donate once a month would mean we can commit more long term secure funding support to organisations which need our help. If you are unable to do this, please consider a one-off donation today.
Thank you again for supporting our work.
Saw Say Say Phan
Nant Bwa Bwa Phan
Nant Zoya Phan