Survival’s One Essential: Hope

Oddny Gumaer by Oddny Gumaer | May 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Relationships | tags: attacks, Burma, burned, country, escape, fire, flee, Gaiam Hope Project, HOPE, possessions, refugees, soldiers, survival, survive, villages, war

HopeOver the years of working with refugees from Burma, I have often wondered what their most important possession is. We have even made lists of the things that they bring with them as they flee the attacks of soldiers: a machete, cooking pot, tarp, lighter, rice and salt. All those things are essential for survival in the jungle. The same with medicine and warm blankets. These are possessions that give life.

“I Can Give a Little” … a Special Post by 12-Year-Old Elise

Elise Gumaer by Elise Gumaer | December 15th, 2008 | 1 Comment
topic: Giving Back | tags: Burma, charity, nonprofit, orphans, Partners Relief & Development, refugees

My Mom and Dad always told me it was important to help others in need, but even though our family works with refugees I sometimes forget why.

Boys from Karen State in Burma pray at a refugee camp sustained by Partners Relief & Development, founded by Elise’s parents Steve and Oddny Gumaer.

Gaiam team helps provide clothing to children in Burma

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | October 2nd, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Giving Back | tags: Burma, Clothing

Clothing arrives at the warehouse in Yangon

Donated clothing arrives in bundles at a warehouse in Yangon

Over 65 suitcase-sized bags of children’s clothing have been delivered so far to Burmese youngsters in need, thanks to donations by employees here in our Gaiam offices and other clothing drives by organizations like HOPE.

Mothers in line to receive clothing

Mothers wait in line to receive clothing

Village leader distributing clothing to mothers

Village leaders distribute the clothing to children and their parents