What’s BHN?

BHN's telecommunication support protects safety and security


"BHN" stands for "Basic Human Needs", that is, fundamental requirements to be satisfied for the people to live like a decent human being. We believe that “information” such as data, news, knowledge and communication, is also one of the Basic Human Needs. So, we have adopted BHN as the name of our organization. We are working to provide support to all people in remote villages, disaster-stricken areas, and evacuee camps to access the information they need.

  • BHN's Vision

    We seek a society where anyone can live with a sense of security and safety no matter where they were born and no matter where they live. We also strive to assist people to have sufficient access to information and communication that are indispensable to accomplish the aforementioned society.

  • BHN's mission

    We endeavor to fully employ the power of ICT so as to help people improve their standard of living in developing regions and save the lives of people in disaster-area.

  • Our activities in three major fields.

The story of BHN's support

BHN's technological support enabled sustainable environment.

  • Students studied under shared candles before BHN's support arrived.

    The situation before BHN’s assistance arrived

    Many people in Myanmar were placed in harsh living conditions because of many years of civil conflict. Without electricity, children used to study by candlelight.

  • The support allowed them to study independently in the dormitory with electricity.

    How BHN’s support began

    A ceasefire agreement between the government of Myanmar and eight Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAO) in 2015 enabled the delivery of support to previously closed areas.

  • A family sits together and watches TV using solar electricity.

    An overview of BHN’s support

    With the help of staff trained in technologies, BHN partnered with other organizations started(Phase 1) to install solar power and LED lights for 1,570 homes in 15 villages in the EAO areas.
    With the help of solar-power, villagers can have light in their homes at any time. Favorable comments are heard (EX, at night children can study; make bamboo baskets under the lights;  villagers can get together and chat easily.)

  • BHN trained village "Electricians" who can do maintenance works.

    An overview of BHN Telecom’s support

    Also, it used to be difficult to get light when a child suddenly became ill at night, but today parents can respond quickly, and it has become easy to cook breakfast early in the morning because of the light bulbs in the kitchen. We hear many words of appreciation like these.

    A maintenance committee made up of villagers was created to ensure continued use of the equipment, and basic training was conducted. This created a foundation for residents to operate and maintain the equipment on their own and continue using electricity.

Supports you can do

BHN aims to improve the living conditions and solve social issues by utilizing information and communication technology (ICT) to protect the safety and security of people in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas in Japan and overseas. For this reason, we need the kind support and cooperation of many people. BHN offers a wide range of people, of all ages and from all walks of life, the opportunity to contribute their enthusiasm, their strengths, and their accumulated experience in a variety of ways. BHN invites you to participate in BHN activities in a way that suits you.