About Us

Our Vision:

A vital Southeast Asian refugee community that strengthens Milwaukee’s workforce, families, students, and neighborhoods.

Our Mission:

The Burmese Immersion Project works directly with refugees from Southeast Asia who reside in Milwaukee, WI. Committed to educational and social enhancement, the Burmese Immersion Project empowers refugees to navigate American society, access resources, and become community leaders.

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BIP In the News: Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Recently, BIP received a visit from the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Both volunteers and students were interviewed. You can read the article and watch the video here: Nonprofit Helps Burmese Refugees Feel at Home in Milwaukee.

We’re especially proud of our student Aeh, who appears in the video. You can hear her speaking English with such confidence! Way to go!

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Christmas 2013

Christmas is definitely the favorite holiday of the students at the Burmese Immersion Project. Even our students who are Buddhist and Muslim love a visit from Santa and receiving gifts.

This year, the gifts for our students were provided by Plymouth United Church of Christ, with the special help of Sue and Chuck Lawton, local artists and BIP volunteers. Every student who attended received a gift:

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Snacks came in the form of baked goods generously donated by Panera Bread of Glendale, WI.

We had about 80 attendees, a new record! Activities included…

Making gingerbread houses:
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Reading storybooks:
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Playing games:
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Decorating cookies:
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Arts and Crafts:
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Thank you to all the volunteers who made the Christmas party a success, and who made 2013 a stellar year for BIP and for our students.

And thank you, Milwaukee, for providing a home to refugees. From all of us at the Burmese Immersion Project, have a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.

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1st Annual Refugee Thanksgiving Potluck

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, the Milwaukee Area Refugee Consortium hosted the first-ever Refugee Thanksgiving Potluck meal.

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Refugees from all over the world- including Burma, Iraq, and the African continent- attended the gathering and brought food from their native countries. American volunteers provided traditional American Thanksgiving fare and any other dishes they felt like making. The result was a delicious variety of foods, like turkey, matzo ball soup, curry, halal dishes, egg rolls, and chili.

The event was a huge success, and we at The Burmese Immersion Project were honored to be part of it. We hope it will become an annual fixture here in Milwaukee, and we’ll see you next year!

You can read a story from Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service about the potluck here: http://www.milwaukeenns.org/2013/11/20/newly-arrived-refugees-get-a-taste-of-thanksgiving/?pcat=211

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Halloween 2013

For Halloween 2013, the Burmese Immersion Project did a couple of activities. First, we carved pumpkins with the kids:

Kids carving pumpkins Anne Htee Ner Moo

Benadeta Kay Reh carving pumpkins

Boy and girl carving pumpkins Paw Htoo Boe Mu Si

Boys carving pumpkins Mu Si Thaw Nay

Dak Soe with pumpkins

Girls carving pumpkins Eh Moo Gay Justa Po

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Middle school girls carving pumpkins Wah Wah Ing Ying

Thaw Nay with pumpkin

Paw Lar Rosemary with pumpkins

The next day, we went trick-or-treating in the Village of Shorewood. One of our volunteers, Christian, is a professional face painter and his handiwork was phenomenal:

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Eh Kee Lar clown trick or treat

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Ta Hay Say makeup

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Group trick or treat

The kids had a lot of fun and went home with enough candy to last them for weeks! Thank you to Shorewood and to all the volunteers who came out to help.

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Brewers Outing September 20, 2013

On Friday, September 20, 2013, the Burmese Immersion Project took 14 students 6th grade and over to a Brewers game, with donated tickets courtesy of the EPIC Community Center Organization (ECCO.) The outing was a great exposure to American sports and culture. The students and volunteers had a great time!

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2013 Summer Program

For its 2013 summer program, The Burmese Immersion Project incorporated science and English in the first semester. Groups studied the life cycle of a plant, rainforests and deserts, the four levels of a rainforest, and rainforest desertification. At the end of the first semester, groups gave presentations on their science topics.

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Domes Field Trip 6/29/13

As part of our 2013 Summer Program, The Burmese Immersion Project took a field trip to the Mitchell Park Domes on June 29, 2013.

Students listen to the history and significance of the Domes.

Students listen to the history and significance of the Domes.

A group of teens pose for a photo in the Show Dome. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

A group of teens pose for a photo in the Show Dome. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

A Burmese girl and a Karen girl in the Show Dome. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

A Burmese girl and a Karen girl in the Show Dome. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

A Karen teen and two volunteers.

A Karen teen and two volunteers.

In the Show Dome.

In the Show Dome.

Teens hang out in the Show Dome.

Teens hang out in the Show Dome.

Two friends look around the Show Dome.

Two friends look around the Show Dome.

Children play in a sandbox in the Show Dome.

Children play in a sandbox in the Show Dome.

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A teen boy examining a wind chime in the Show Dome.

A teen boy examining a wind chime in the Show Dome.

As part of the adventure, students were given scavenger hunts and they searched hard to find all the plants on their sheets.

As part of the adventure, students were given scavenger hunts and they searched hard to find all the plants on their sheets.

In the Desert Dome, the tour guide points out the plants known as "Living Stones." They use camouflage to look just like tiny rocks in the sand.

In the Desert Dome, the tour guide points out the plants known as “Living Stones.” They use camouflage to look just like tiny rocks in the sand.

In the Desert Dome, Paula, the tour guide, shows the group some desert plants up close. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

In the Desert Dome, Paula, the tour guide, shows the group some desert plants up close. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

Students and volunteers gaze up at trees in the Tropical Dome. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

Students and volunteers gaze up at trees in the Tropical Dome. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

With special permission, the kids seize an opportunity to touch tropical plants.

With special permission, the kids seize an opportunity to touch tropical plants.

Walking through the Tropical Dome.

Walking through the Tropical Dome.

Paula the tour guide shows some tropical plants up close.

Paula the tour guide shows some tropical plants up close.

Two Karen stop to admire the view in the Tropical Dome.

Two Karen stop to admire the view in the Tropical Dome.

Teens are excited to point out trees that they recognize from Thailand growing in the Tropical Dome.

Teens are excited to point out trees that they recognize from Thailand growing in the Tropical Dome.

This teen stares up at a tree familiar to him from Thailand.

This teen stares up at a tree familiar to him from Thailand.

A beautiful photo opportunity!

A beautiful photo opportunity!

After the tour, students played in and around the fountains in the beautiful weather. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

After the tour, students played in and around the fountains in the beautiful weather. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Conigliaro)

A Burmese girl and a volunteer playing in the fountain.

A Burmese girl and a volunteer playing in the fountain.

Thank you for the wonderful trip!

Thank you for the wonderful trip!

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