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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Help for WWII Veterans

Each year we provide a small grant to a dwindling band of veterans and widows from World War II. These old soldiers were amongst Britain’s most loyal allies in the war against Japan (1942-45). Now elderly and enduring extreme poverty, they are stranded in crowded refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border or struggling in Burma/Mayanmar, where for many years they were seen as enemies of the state. These grants can make all the difference between pure subsistence and getting a few "comforts" such as medicines, vegetables, or clothing.

 

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