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Indonesia Orphange

Within Arms Reach will be partnering with the House Of Imported Hearts which is a not for profit charity organization that helps under privileged children from all over Indonesia. The organization was founded in November 2011 and initially provided fifteen children with food, education, and medical services. Since its foundation, the number of children served by the House of Imported Hearts has increased, so the organization needs a larger facility immediately.

House Of Imported Hearts:

Puppet Show & Feeding The Children

Our Chief Education Officer Sundie Zin and her team visited the temple named Aung Zay Ya Min with her family for her birthday in Burma (Myanmar). The temple, which is located in Laine Tha Ya (a township at the outskirts of Yangon City, Burma), rescues orphans from the surrounding area and finances their education. Because of her new-found knowledge of the plight of the orphans and her passion for her culture, Sundie decided to organize a traditional Burmese puppet show for the children on the behalf of Within Arms Reach.

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Northern "Rakhine" School

In April 2012, Within Arms Reach partnered with Myanmar Charity Group, based in Costa Mesa, CA, to build a new school building and classroom in Seik Tara Village, located in the northern part of Rakhine State, Burma. Architectural Design was provided by Ottolia & Barnes Architectural Firm. Knowing your client is one of the most important aspects of designing and building in a developing country. Within Arms Reach believes that the designs we produce should be environmentally and culturally native to our clients as well as appropriate for their communities. In order to accomplish this, we drew upon our personal experiences working in the Rhakhine State of Burma (Myanmar) and made sure to have open lines of communication with our clients throughout the whole design process. Moreover, because members of our team have traveled to Rakhine and Yangon, we believe that we have a thorough understanding of its climate and culture. We also understand that our view of Rakhine is seen through a Westernized perspective, so we made it a priority to ask the students and teachers of the school what their needs and desires are. Furthermore, we have also been in constant communication with our partner organization “Myanmar Charity Group” in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the needs to be met for the school design. The three main goals that we have collaboratively established are: (1) to create a classroom that inspires curious learners, (2) to utilize local materials and passive energy strategies in order to leave a small carbon footprint as possible, and (3) to implement and encourage safe building practices.

A young Monk

Relief Trip: Cyclone Nargis 2008

The Birth Of Within Arms Reach: After a devastating Cyclone destroyed the country, we were able to helped the victims in Burma/Myanmar. We built homes, fed the children, distributed clothes, and medicine we received from "Giving Children Hope" organization

The after math of Cyclone Nargis

Relief Trip: Cyclone Nargis 2009

We returned to Burma for a second time in December 2008 - January 2009 to follow up with the homes we have built and to do new projects

Beautiful Orphan kids learning at a Buddhist Temple

Within Arms Reach is made up of enthusiastic individuals giving their time, energy, love, and life away to make a difference in the world.

We always operate on a firm budget, with very few staff and hundreds of resilient volunteers. Our primary budgets are simply designed to fund the projects.
       
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