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Our work with Free the Oppressed: Free Burma Rangers
Support & Train Relief Teams: $2500 per average relief mission — 30+ per year
Relief teams provide humanitarian and emergency aid to the displaced people living inside oppressed nations such as Burma, Kurdistan, and Sudan. They need regular support to document, film, photograph and interview the victims of human right abuses that occur with alarming regularity and often go unreported in the global news. In order to be effective, the teams deployed in these areas need to undergo extensive training. In Burma, the use of horses and mules lightens the loads for the relief teams, and allows the teams to move faster and farther. In the future the Free Burma Rangers hope to be able to provide relief not only from the ground but from the air, but this takes resources we simply don’t have today.
2012: Northern Thailand (Mai Ra) where we participated in the first ever FBR parachute training.
Our work with FBR & Partners Relief and Development: Laytonkoh Health Center
Support & Training for the Clinic: $20,000/year paid quarterly; need vehicles for cross border aid and evacuation to nearest hospital 5 hours and 2 mountain ranges away.
The Laytongku Health Center (formerly Lay Tong Ku Clinic) is the fruit of a long-running ministry to the Talakone Karen people. Laytongku Village, on the border of Thailand and Burma, is located in a culturally unique community and serves a variety of patients from both sides of the border. The Jericho Alliance is the sole financial sponsor for this work since 2009, when the clinic reopened.
There are ten medics and three part-time administrators at LTK Health Center. One other medic is also currently away at Jungle School of Medicine Kawthoolei for advanced training, but she plans to return in early 2015. In 2014 LTK Health Center saw 3,275 patients. In this time, FBR & Partners Relief & Development medical staff went to the health center seven times for training, monitoring, and management. The Health Center has been operating according to budget. Looking forward, the goal for the staff is that their skills and efficacy increase. The situation on the border is stabilizing and we hope that it will continue to move towards a real peace.
The Health Center ministry began in 2006, and is an important step in the history of mission in the area. Since 1958, when Allan Eubank first brought the gospel to the area, the good news has been slowly taking root in the hearts of the Talakone Karen people.
The Health Center was established through the leadership of Eliya Sampson (FBR’s Head Medic), Allan Eubank, David Eubank, and the Free Burma Rangers (FBR). It serves the people of Laytongku, but draws on the population from the surrounding villages of Kwee Ler Tuh, Tee Mu Ku, P’Yo Pu, and Maw T’La, for a total approximately 3,000. Workers with medical skill were chosen from the village and additional staff brought in from outside communities. Since 2009, Partners Relief & Development have joined to handle the administration, reporting, training and monitoring of the Health Center. Bueng Klung Church Committee takes care of the Health Center expense account and mission direction, with financial support coming from The Jericho Alliance. Eliya Sampson continues to manage Health Center policy and liaise with local leaders and international supporters. Free Burma Rangers continue to support through special projects, training, and encouragement. Service at the Health Center has steadily been improving in quality and more patients are coming.
We regularly monitor activities at LTK Health Center because Partners Relief & Development has the responsibility to oversee general medical operations. Our visits are an opportunity to do health trainings, not only for the health center medics, but also for other health care providers in the area.