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.