Jack and Marilyn DeBoer’s first visit to Myanmar (then Burma) was cut short because of uprisings in the streets of Yangon (then Rangoon). Since that 24-hour visit, they have devoted their time and resources to offering hope in Myanmar.
The DeBoers worked closely with top Myanmar government officials to create a Memorandum of Understanding, that installed World Vision as the first international non-governmental organization in Myanmar. To date, over three million people have directly benefited from World Vision’s health clinics, child sponsorships, hygiene services, microenterprise loan programs, and health education training in Myanmar.
In response to the Great Recession, the DeBoer Foundation began actively helping the struggling local people and charities in Wichita.
The DeBoer Foundation launched its signature program, the DeBoer Fellowship, to address Myanmar’s need for leadership development and education.
The DeBoer Foundation began expanding its support of local charities throughout Kansas with various education, collaboration, and relationship-building events.