Charity 501-c-3 (edmonds, WA)


  • Name:john badgley
  • Title:President

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  • Organization Name:Charity 501-c-3
  • Address:9911 220th St. SW
    edmonds, WA 98020
    United States

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  • Main phone:4256975414
  • Main fax:4256975414

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  • Mission:
  • Nargis Library Recovery is a Seattle-based 501c-3 non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding libraries and providing books for the people of Myanmar (Burma) whose homes and lives were destroyed by Cyclone Nargis. Accessing global science-based knowledge is becoming an evident need as government and society regains interest in improved international relations. We are working to create the Myanmar Foundation for the Future, in partnership with Myanmar Engineering Society [MES] to speed up global access of objective science reports -

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  • Overview:
  • Since 2008 we have distributed 900,000 books to 900 libraries throughout Myanmar, including 220,000 Myanmar language texts and references for primary schools..By the end of 2014 we expect to have shipped and distributed one-million books donated mostly by Thrift Books.

    In 2013 we created Myanmar Foundation for the Future [MFF] in partnership with Myanmar Engineering Society [MES]. U Win Khaing, President, agreed to accept our donation of 5,000 science reports and documents created by U.S.-based Foundation for the Future. The purpose of this library is to expand useful technology throughout society to sustain human and physical resources throughout the 21st century in anticipation of severe climate changes. The impact of Cyclone Nargis was an educational moment for leaders throughout the country, we find governmental, corporate and educational administrators supportive of our mission. Because we have a very strong record of supporting community libraries, this new phase of NLR's work has gained powerful supporters.

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  • History:
  • On May 3, 2008, Cyclone Nargis completed its devastating sweep across the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar (formerly called Burma), passing directly over Yangon. No natural disaster has taken so many lives or destroyed so much habitation in Myanmar.

    This event resulted in 135,000 dead or missing and rendered an estimated 800,000 people homeless. Additionally, large areas of the country experienced huge infrastructure, housing and agricultural damage which will take years to repair. By any account, this was a catastrophic disaster.

    Despite its poverty, Myanmar has thousands of community libraries in addition to 150 college and university libraries. Burmese have a value for reading supported and encouraged by their history and culture. A casualty of Cyclone Nargis was over 1,000 village libraries destroyed.

    The Nargis Library Recovery (NLR) project was born out of the vision of John Badgley, retired librarian/professor from Cornell University and founder of the Institute of the Rockies, and Dr. Thant Thaw , founder of Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation. NLR was initially sponsored by the Institute of the Rockies, then gained independent charitable tax status in 2009 as well as a license of exception to sanctions, U.S. Department of Treasury. Our partners in Yangon is Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation [MBAPF], and our patrons include Dr. U Thaw Kaung, founder Diploma Library Science Program, Yangon University, Ashin Dhammapiya, abbot of Ngar Pyan Thathana Yeiktha, and Sitagu Sayadaw, Sagaing.

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  • Year established:2008
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:1


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:27-0346837

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