Category Archives: Donors and Supporters

Time to Listen


As international NGOs and multilateral agencies such as the World Bank and UN agencies begin to re-start or step up their programs in Myanmar, the timely book Time to Listen looks at the aid industry from the point of view of the recipients of international aid around the globe. The authors, Mary B. Anderson (Do No Harm), Dayna Brown and Isabella Jean, talked to no less that 6,000 individuals from local non-government organisations, including many from the Thai-Burma border and […]

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2012 Global Hero Award to Therese Caouette of Partners Asia


Watch the video of Partners Asia Executive Director Therese Caouette receiving the Global Hero Award from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn & scroll down to read the text of Therese’s acceptance speech. Global Washington’s Global Hero Award Acceptance Speech Therese M. Caouette December 6, 2012 Thank you. I am honored and quite surprised, but mostly excited to be a part of a Global Washington network that recognizes the importance of the “behind the scene” approach to development. I have been asked […]

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English – The Missing Link for Myanmar’s Pink Nuns


I always dreamed of having some sort of international career but scoffed at the idea of teaching English overseas — it just wasn’t glamorous enough — so instead I opted for a career in luxury goods, marketing iconic diamonds around the world. But it wasn’t until my return to Burma – Myanmar that I finally understood the dazzle of English teaching. I flew to rural Shan State to visit Buddhist nunneries where women and girls are robed in pinks with […]

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John P. Hussman Foundation & Burma – Myanmar


“Some might ask: Why are you helping these people who are an ocean away and you don’t even know them and you’ve never met them and maybe never will?” So says John Hussman, a philanthropist, economist and financier who has saved and changed thousands of lives along Myanmar’s borders through his generous long-term support of education and health programs run by community groups working with Partners Asia. Through the John P. Hussman Foundation, John and his wife, Terri Hussman, last […]

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Yangon HIV Residence


Lily Barnett, a 12-year-old in Atherton, California, wrote this essay after visiting a clinical residence in Yangon operated by one of our Partners Asia’s long-time partnering organizations, with her older sister, Lindsey, her older brother, Connor, and her parents, Jim and Annie. The PM residence was built with a generous donation from the Barnett family and operates thanks to their continued support. I was excited when my family started to support PM, a clinic for HIV-positive women and kids in […]

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Broadway & Burma


Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Susan Gallin has trekked in Nepal, hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, wandered Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, dodged bicycles in Vietnam, explored the crafts of Mexico. She says her recent journey to Burma – Myanmar with the team at Partners Asia was the most “extraordinary” of her adventurous life. The benefit tour was led by Partners Asia President Hal Nathan and Joseph Goldstein, one of the West’s leading Dharma teachers. “Traveling with Hal and Joseph in Burma […]

A Taste Of Shan Cookbook


“Shan cooking saved my marriage,” declares author and photographer Page Bingham in A Taste of Shan, a unique photo essay and rare recipe collection exploring the culinary traditions of Shan State in northern Burma – Myanmar. Several years ago, as Page’s marriage hit rough waters, a girlfriend living in Yangon invited Page to visit. Page leapt at the opportunity. Just off the plane, perched on a tiny stool in an alley eatery, Page found a new love: deep fried Shan […]

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