Prospect Burma believes that the best and only way to build a better and peaceful future for the country is through opening up education opportunities to young people, to introduce them to critical thinking skills which will teach them how to think for themselves, and to equip them with the skills and qualifications the country so desperately needs. Prospect Burma began life in 1989, following the pro-democracy uprising of the previous year. When they first started out, the work focused on supporting refugees who had been forced to flee the country. They began raising funds for books and classes in refugee schools, and awarded one annual scholarship to an exiled Myanmar student to attend university. Since then they have grown exponentially, focusing on equipping people from Myanmar with the skills and education they need to change their country for the better.
One of Prospect Burma’s greatest challenges is securing funding for their programmes. Because of Myanmar’s historical neglect of education and its political isolation, it was nearly impossible to find donors or sponsors in the country, so they had to rely on funding from the United Kingdom. Now that the country has started to open up and the economy is heating, new fundraising opportunities could be in store for the organisation, but they were unsure how to approach them. In light of this context, Octopus Investments sent Felicia Kodderitzsch on TIE to Myanmar in March 2019, to help Prospect Burma map out fundraising opportunities in the country and turn the approach into a tangible plan of action. You can read more about Felicia’s story here.