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Educating Refugees from Burma Since 1997

"I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace."

Helen Keller

"Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon and stars."


"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Mahatma Gandhi

"Learning is not compulsory.. neither is survival."

W. Edward Deming

We qualified for Great Nonprofits Top Rated in Education!

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Who we are

Meet Liz and Tom Brackett and read about how the Brackett Fund was born.

Meet our new leaders and find out what they do.

Meet our volunteers and find out how they joined us.

Meet our on site partners and know the touching stories of how they found us.

What we do

Support Schools

We support refugee and immigrant schools, and schools for internally displaced people in Burma . We also support boarding houses so children living in remote areas can attend good schools...

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Cynthia's School
Support Young Children

We support young children particularly in small villages in the IDP areas of Burma, but also for the very poor refugees in Mizoram, and in our partnership with Children on the Edge for the Rohingyas...

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School Teachers
Support High School Students

We are involved in many different educational projects and endeavors. Here you can find just a small sampling of the many ways we are dedicated to the furtherance of education in others ...

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High School Committee
Give College Scholarships

One of our earliest and most important activities is our scholarship program. We started this program in 1997 with two students. Now we fund about 200 students every year in universities in ...

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Students at Patkai College

How you can help


We are looking for a volunteer to help us with our program in Mizoram State, India. With the help of several Chin refugees, we provide funds to support education at all levels from primary school through university. This program is valuable because it is the only non-religious program supporting education for Chin refugees in the area. We spend about $40,000 a year on this work.


From our very beginning in 1997, we at BREF realized that our primary aid would be monetary support to refugees for their education. As such we realized our primary responsibility to our donors was: 1.) to direct as much of their money as possible to the people in need, rather than to ourselves; and 2.) to choose our projects and scholarship as wisely as we could, and to constantly monitor them to ensure good results.

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