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August 19th, 2009
Eyes of the Storm
How You Can Help

WIDE ANGLE viewers often ask what they can do to help. Here is a short list of some of the organizations that work to support survivors of Cyclone Nargis and orphans in Burma (also known as Myanmar), as well as other organizations that advocate for human rights in the country.

An overview of the humanitarian relief still needed in the region in areas such as of food, health, shelter, education and security.

OrphansHope – Myanmar
OrphansHope is an Asia-based Christian organization, focusing on providing aid to children who have lost their parents.

United Nations Agencies in Burma
This website provides links to all United Nations organizations operating in Myanmar.

Partners International
Partners International is a Christian aid organization which focuses on caring for orphans and abandoned children in their work in Myanmar.

Take Action – US Campaign for Burma
The United States Campaign for Burma is a U.S.-based membership organization working towards bringing an end to the dictatorship in Burma.

The Peace Way Foundation: Burma Issues
Burma Issues is a non-profit organization run by ethnic Burmese youth who work to document human right abuses and connect impoverished communities with international donors.

The Cetana Educational Fund
The Cetana Educational Fund works to provide educational opportunities outside of Myanmar for students and professionals.

Burma Rivers Network
The Burma Rivers Network is an environmental organization representing communities who may be or have been affected by large-scale river development.

Karen Emergency Relief Fund
The Karen Emergency Relief Fund exists to provide humanitarian assistance to the Karen people of Burma, as well as the estimated 30,000 Karen who have fled the country.

Burma Watch International
A human rights organization based in Canada promoting and providing humanitarian assistance in Burma.

UN Security Council Burma – ALTSEAN-Burma
Sponsored by the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma, this site gives multiple ways to get involved with influencing the United Nations Security Council’s action on Burma.

Karen Women’s Organization
A Karen Women’s Organization working on humanitarian relief in refugee camps on the Thai border.

Disclaimer: WIDE ANGLE offers this list as a resource. PBS is not an advocacy organization, we are not affiliated with these organizations, nor do their views represent those of PBS.

  • Nathan Bishop

    I am one of these “viewers who has asked how I can help” and just wanted to thank you for posting up links answering this question.

  • Nyain Swe

    Thank you Wide Angle and PBS for this documentary. I know most people tend to lose interest in news stories after some time and move onto the next crisis at hand but this just reminded me to look into this again and see what can be done for the children who have been left homeless and orphaned. Sometimes, we don’t appreciate what we have until we see others who have lost everything and still have the strength to go on. I have every respect for the people who have shown not only an interest in this but have also gone the extra step to do something about it. Thanks for the links to the various organisations devoted to this cause.

  • Dann

    how may I get a DVD of this story?

  • cdf

    I thank you for this information as well. I so hope that when you go into these countries, you do take some food and some things to help those you are filming and talking with – do you? I too will find some way to help – I was struggling with the little orphans and want so badly to help them. Any suggestions?

  • David Coleman

    Is a DVD of this documentary available for educational purposes? If so please provide information. Thank you, David Coleman, Librarian APCSS

  • may Tha-Hla

    Please see the long note I posted to the main part of this site and visit our charity’s website to see how you can so easily help. we re currently looking for funding to help bright prphans with their education and to build schools, as well as the basic food runs in remote parts that the INGOs don’t really go to.

  • Joseph Anonuevo

    Please recommend the agency that could ensure that my donation goes directly to YE PYINT (the 10 yo who is now surrogate father to his younger brother and sister).

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