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OzBurma Inc is a registered, not for profit, Christian based charity, formed in 2008. It was developed by Mark and Ruth Brown of Mornington, Australia and a group of friends from New Peninsula Baptist Church.
The group was formed with the express purpose of working with aid organizations and local churches that support both the spread of the Christian message of hope and restoration and to provide financial support and resources for Myanmar's “poorest of the poor”.
Over the last decade the OzBurma team has raised funds for emergency relief, built kindergartens and children’s homes, established clean water systems, run medical clinics and provided ongoing financial and prayerful support for Christian aid workers.
The organisation has no paid employees and is run by volunteers to keep operational costs to a minimum.
OzBurma is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission (ABN 97780776659) and holds DGR (tax deductible) and Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) status with the Australian Taxation Office.
The OzBurma team visits Myanmar annually to provide encouragement to our Myanmar partners and to review and report on aid projects funded in Myanmar. Our work on the ground in Myanmar is implemented by our major partner, "Operation Mobilisation Myanmar" (OMM). They assist us in ensuring accountability for our donors on the projects completed and in identifying any new needs.
Chris has been travelling to Myanmar for approximately 9 years to support the work of OzBurma and initially fell in love with its people and culture who have suffered a history of oppression and deep need.
Chris Hill is a practising Lawyer with over 30 years experience and a Financial Adviser with over 25 years experience. He is an accredited specialist by the Law Institute of Victoria, a Certified Financial Adviser and an Accredited Self Managed Super Fund Specialist Advisor by the SMSF Association. Chris is a member of the SMSF Association, the Law Institute of Victoria, the Financial Planning Association of Australia and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning.
Chris holds other non professional associations and has sat on the board of various charitable and philanthropic organisations.
Chris - OzBurma
Tricia Hill travelled to Myanmar for the first time with her husband Chris and friends Mark and Ruth in 2009. She immediately fell in love with the people she met.
Tricia has a background in teaching and psychology and thus has been able to use her education to help run workshops for the teachers in the preschools that OzBurma support.
Tricia and Chris have 5 children and 4 grand kids. They travel to California to spend time with family.
Trish - Ozburma
Ruth has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and loves creating creative spaces and activities for children to experience and explore. Interests include travel and walking alongside marginalised people to encourage and support them.
She has been travelling to poverty - stricken areas in Myanmar with the OzBurma Teams since 2008. Ruth is involved with and has a passion to see ‘Days for Girls’ sustainable hygiene kits reach as many girls in Myanmar as possible.
She has taught in Kindergartens for 25 years but is now retired.
Member of New Peninsula Baptist Church and been involved in COACH mentoring program for families in need, Artspace, Playgroups, holiday programs and Prayer for Healing.
Qualifications: Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Ruth - Ozburma
Kerry is a retired school principal who is married with 3 sons. He has extensive experience as an educator, is passionate about educating for a sustainable future and making a positive difference in the lives of others. He has had a long involvement with church administration and has interests in sport, caravanning, travel in general, reading and socialising with family and friends.
Kerry - OzBurma
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