“Thank you to all our supporters who joined in our Summer Party at Petyt Hall, Chelsea on 14 June. Your generosity helped us to raise more than £17,000 towards our scholarship fund, a wonderful achievement. It was a joyous occasion for other reasons too. We were cheered by warm messages of support from both HRH The Prince of Wales and our long-time ally and mentor Aung San Suu Kyi. We are honoured that His Royal Highness has agreed to become our new patron, succeeding our founder-patron Viscount John Slim, whose wisdom and judgement have been so valuable to us over this past quarter of a century.
A new chapter is now opening for Prospect Burma. After being a purely UK-based charity since its inception, Prospect Burma judge the time is now right to open an office in Rangoon. An enthusiastic local director has now started work, which you can read more about here. I would particularly encourage returning alumni to make contact with her. Having a presence on the ground in Burma will help us to target our educational support more effectively. We want to encourage young people from remote and disadvantaged regions of the country to apply for our scholarships. We are looking at ways in which we could help students from these remoter areas bring their English up to the level needed to apply for one of our scholarships. Our new office in Rangoon will also make it easier to keep in touch with our alumni and track the areas in which they are beginning to make an impact.”
Robert Gordon, Chairman