Disaster Relief and Recovery
In 2008, the devastating Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar as one of the biggest natural disasters in the country’s history. A group of volunteers formed a quick and organized humanitarian response, supplying food, water, basic medicine, and clothing to victims, and the first Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM) project was mobilized.
In 2014, BFM officially received a foundation license from the Myanmar government and joined the Private Sector Disaster Network. Since then, the Foundation has been called upon in every cyclone, flood, and earthquake to connect and work alongside NGOs, INGOs, and other members of the relief and volunteering community, supporting the immediate needs of all affected populations.
Successful missions and projects
- Played a central role in relief efforts during the 2015 nationwide flood. The foundation coordinated supplies of food, water, and clothing donated from the public and managed its distribution to affected areas. Our volunteers cooked and delivered meals to thousands of people in displaced communities.
- Sole donor to the reconstruction of a village in Kayah State hit with floods and landslides. New homes were built for over 360 people, along with a school and hospital. In recognition of these efforts, the community named their new home Brighter Future Village.
- Partnered with Myanmar Airways International and Air KBZ in 2015, iconic carriers in Myanmar, to transport teams, rescue boats, food, clothing, and life jackets to on-the-ground rescue efforts in Hakha, Chin State, and Kalay, Sagaing.
- Supported the Ministry of Social Welfare and Resettlement in disaster preparedness initiatives across all 14 states in Myanmar in 2018, keeping remote communities ready to manage crises.
- Donated bio-foam, sourced from Thailand, needed urgently to battle a raging fire at Htein Pin waste ground in 2018, which covered Yangon in a smog at hazardous levels.
- Partnered and supported Yangon Rescue Organization for their relief efforts in the Mon State flood in 2019.
In recognition of these efforts, BFM has been awarded the Presidential State Excellence Award for Philanthropy in 2014. BFM’s Co-founder and Chairperson was also recognized by Irrawaddy News in 2015 as one of the leading women in flood relief in Myanmar.