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Kyaw Thu and the Free Funeral Society in Burma

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Founded in January 2001, the Free Funeral Service Society (FFSS) in Rangoon provides free funeral services to people unable to cover the costs of cremating relatives. Receiving more than 50 requests for funerals per day, over the past 12 years the organisation has paid for more than 100,000 funerals. The FFSS is run by current president and one of its founders, Kyaw Thu and is dependent solely on donations, receiving no assistance at all from the authorities. It also runs the Thukha Free Clinic, providing free basic medical care with a team of 50 doctors, 60 support staff and over 300 volunteers throughout the organisation as well as providing free English and computer classes with more than 500 students.

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Founded in January 2001, the Free Funeral Service Society (FFSS) in Rangoon provides free funeral services to people unable to cover the costs of cremating relatives. Receiving more than 50 requests for funerals per day, over the past 12 years the organisation has paid for more than 100,000 funerals. The FFSS is run by current president and one of its founders, Kyaw Thu and is dependent solely on donations, receiving no assistance at all from the authorities. It also runs the Thukha Free Clinic, providing free basic medical care with a team of 50 doctors, 60 support staff and over 300 volunteers throughout the organisation as well as providing free English and computer classes with more than 500 students.