H4FA, previously known as Projects to Support Refugees from Burma, does what it says; for the last 20 years backing and seeing through projects from school-building to self-help weaving groups among refugees from Burma. You can read our latest report from January 2018, here.

On this website we highlight the four main projects we support. Additionally H4FA makes generous annual donations to impoverished primary school teachers in Karenni State and sponsorship for individual adult students. We also make one off payments in emergency situations.

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In 2015 the name of the charity was changed from PSRB to H4FA in recognition of the increasing dominance of veteran welfare as the charity entered and took on more cases within Burma itself. The aims and projects of the charity have not changed but it has since become increasingly difficult to fund the existing PSRB projects as the presumption has been that most donations are given implicitly for veterans and their widows. The trustees of H4FA have decided that in future, unless a donor indicates a different preference, all undesignated donations will be split 75% / 25% in favour of H4FA. This will allow us to continue to support projects which benefit the children, grandchildren and often great grandchildren of people who, almost without exception, offered huge friendship, loyalty and support to the British and without whom the outcome could have been very different. The trustees will continue honour all requests for specific use of donations. The purpose of this change is simply to move away from the existing presumption regarding a donor’s intent.

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Care Villa

Care Villa is home to a group of 13 land-mine victims. On our last visit there one resident, Paul, had learnt to play the violin and he sung “On Christ the solid Rock I Stand” for us. This was also sung by Major Hugh Seagrim and his men before the Japanese ordered them as prisoners to dig their own graves in Rangoon, September 1944.

The men at Care Villa spend their lives disabled by blindness and immobility, and sit under a hot tin roof with little to do. For the most part they are ex Karen soldiers and lost their sight while attempting to defuse land-mines, or lost their legs by stepping on one.

PSRB’s donation this year of £1,000 from the Awareness Trust has been used to repair the roof, to buy extra nutritional food to supplement camp rations and to pay for Christmas celebrations; singing competitions and Bible quizzes, games and meals.

When the residents were asked if they had any questions for me they wanted to know the age of the Queen; they listen to the radio a lot and thought that the world is so troubled by war that WW3 was coming. From the perspective of decades cut off in Mae La camp world news must seem extraordinarily perilous.

During 2014 two residents left to be resettled in the US and Australia.Karen amputee from land mine explosion

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