A Few NGO’s Standing with the Burmese People
Eleho was started by a group of individuals with unique talents that all believe that they have much to learn but that
they can indeed help. Eleho is about humility, honesty, transparency and unity. The struggle for Burma is an uphill battle. The aforementioned characteristics are imperative in the fight for human lives.
We recognize that pride and distrust are among the greater underlying issues in Burma. We aim to be prideless and are willing to work with anyone of any belief system as long as the peoples of Burma are their highest regard.
We are the collective. Surfers. Students, Artists. Entrepreneurs. Idealists. We’re here to author change, expose honesty and pursue life for a people beyond conflict. For us it’s about more than doing good – it’s about doing right. It’s about being human in a world of inhumanity. We are the witnesses who must do more than watch. We are the privileged who are privileged to give back.
The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a multi-ethnic humanitarian service movement. They bring help, hope and love to people in the war zones of Burma. Ethnic pro-democracy groups send teams to be trained, supplied and sent into the areas under attack to provide emergency assistance and human rights documentation. Together with other groups, the teams work to serve people in need.
In addition to relief and reporting, other results of the teams’ actions are the development of leadership capacity, civil society and the strengthening of inter-ethnic unity. The teams are to avoid contact with the Burma Army and operate under the protection of the ethnic resistance armies. However, they cannot run away if the people they are helping cannot escape the Burma Army. Men and women of many ethnic groups and religions are part of FBR.
Since 1997, FBR has trained over 110 multi-ethnic relief teams and there are 48 full time teams active in the Karen, Karenni, Shan, Pa’O, Arakan, Kachin, Chin and Lahu areas of Burma. The teams have conducted over 350 humanitarian missions of 1-2 months into the war zones of Burma. On average between 1,000-2,000 patients are treated per mission with 2,000 more people helped in some way. The teams have treated over 360,000 patients and helped over 750,000 people.