Hi, I am running the ING New York City Marathon on November 4, 2012, to raise money for Community Partners International. Community Partners International (CPI) is a US-based nonprofit organization that works with local partners to improve health through community-driven development by and for the people of Burma. CPI works both in central Burma and the border areas.
I chose to support CPI because everything they do is based on partnership and driven by local organizations — whether it’s tackling malaria for thousands of displaced villagers, providing safe births in remote mountain communities or training the next generation of public health leaders.
CPI's extensive network of local partners — including village leaders, midwives and medics — encompasses diverse ethnicities, religions and languages. Its partners are powerful advocates because they understand regional challenges and politics; they have earned the trust of their communities.
CPI has learned that when the community leads, projects work better, last longer, are more cost-effective and promote independence. So CPI listens to its partners and builds upon their leadership skills; it develops their ability to assess needs and manage, monitor and evaluate projects. Using a train-the-trainer approach, its global network shares expertise in health, education, community development, finance and management — and has provided resources and technical support to more than 60 local organizations in Burma/Myanmar and along its borders.