On behalf of San Francisco Bay Area Burmese American community, Burmese American Women’s Alliance (BAWA) would like to congratulate our National Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and National League for Democracy (NLD) for winning the historic 2015 National election by a landslide victory. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and salute you for your courage and perseverance in leading the people of Burma to achieve this successful outcome. We pray for your health, happiness and long life.
It is truly one of the happiest days for many of BAWA members. We, Burmese have proudly shown the world that one person’s strong determination could change the whole country.
BAWA was founded in 1999 by Burmese American Women of San Francisco Bay Area as we were inspired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi words and actions. BAWA members have been working diligently to get the attention and support from US and international community to Burma and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle. Over 15 years, BAWA has also provided a wide array of assitance to Burmese communities throughout the world. We have built a strong Burmese American Community in San Francisco bay area to support each other as well as refugee families and other new comers to the area.
Each year in June, BAWA has established a tradition to celebrate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday and women of Burma Day to raise awareness about Burma and our struggle for Democracy and Freedom. During these celebrations, we also hold award ceremonies for “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Human Rights” Award and “Daw Yee Yee Lay* Community Service” Award. Daw Phyu Phyu Thin, Daw Win Mya Mya and Daw Naw Louisa Benson were some of our award recipients.
We have been supporting NLD as well as other educational & social welfare organizations inside Burma or at the Burma-Thai border areas. Our membership dues, generous donations from the members and our supporters, as well as our bake sales/food bazaars and other fundraising activities enable BAWA to do very important work to support our causes.
We understand that our challenges are not over yet. We are only at the beginning of a long road to build trust and reconciliation among all people of Burma. We will continue to support NLD and people of Burma in any capacity during the transition period and beyond. Even though we are far away, we are always ready to help and will roll up our sleeves to work together under the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD to restore rule of law , to build a peaceful and prosperous society in our beloved homeland.
Khin Tint Tint (President)
Burmese American Women’s Alliance
About BAWA:Burmese American Women Alliance (BAWA) is a non-profit 501 (c) organization founded in 1999. Our mission is to support the struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma. In addition, BAWA promotes the support of Burmese social and cultural traditions within Burmese American communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
* Daw Yee Yee Lay was BAWA's first President and the one of the founders.