The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI) is a non-profit organization that provides social services, educational and vocational support to the Burmese in greater Indianapolis. The BACI also support community members regionally, nationally, and globally through collaborative initiatives, strategic partnerships, and advocacy.
Approximately 15,000 refugees from Burma have become a rapidly growing part of the Indianapolis community in recent years. Based on the information obtained from various sources and by observing the growing patterns of migration and relocation, the Burmese American Community Institute projects the population of Burmese refugees in Indianapolis will reach 20,000 in the next five or ten years. That is about 2% of the Indianapolis metro population.
The Burmese refugees are the victims of systematic rights deprivation by the successive military dictatorship in their home country of Burma. They left their country owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion(the UN Convention: 1951). The Burmese refugees in Indianapolis are comprised of mainly the Chin and the Karen ethnic groups, the former being about 71% and the rest are Karen and others.
BACI is community based organization, registered as Federal Tax Exempt charitable under section 501(C) (3) of the Federal Revenue Code, established to assist the growing refugee population from Burma in Indianapolis, in tackling the various issues among refugees’ basic needs, initially focusing on but not limited to, Advocacy, Education and Employment with the following vision, mission and objectives:
Motto: Advocating – Connecting – Educating – Serving
Vision: Education for all, a stronger community
BACI emphasizes on the inclusiveness and openness across the lines of different ethnic groups from Burma in its organizational development, and respect for and cultural and linguistic sensitivity in our service delivery.
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At BACI, we maintain a high standard of accountability and transparency with the use of grants and gifts our donors entrust to us. We are always trying to keep our overhead rate low. In the past year, we used 95 percent of our total operating expenses towards programs that directly benefit students and community.