The BRCW is a 501c3 non-profit, formed to serve the resettled Burmese and Rohingya community in Wisconsin with cultural competence and representation by helping facilitate the transition to life here in the United States. With the aim to empower these families by providing critical services such as interpretation, home healthcare, new arrival/transition, workforce development, ESL instruction, food pantry/distribution.
During the founding of the BRCW, its leadership originally consisted of three dedicated partners;
Hamid Musa Ali is the leader of the BRCW and serves as the President of the organization.
Anuwar Kasim founded the BRCW and serves and the organization’s treasurer and as the voice of the organization.
Andrew Trumbull is a founding member and serves as the Administrative Director of the BRCW.
Recent changes have seen the BRCW grow, The BRCW Executive Council was created in 2018 to expand our organization’s reach within the community and to create an inclusive relationship with the resettled Burmese refugee community.
Hamid Musa Ali (President)
Hamid Musa Ali arrived in Milwaukee and joined the BRCW in 2016. In February 2018 Hamid was unanimously elected by the BRCW Executive Council to the position of President of the BRCW. A natural community leader and organizer, Hamid is the driving force behind the organization. Currently, Hamid works as a certified medical interpreter with Aurora Healthcare and is a proud homeowner in the Layton Boulevard Neighborhood in Milwaukee’s South Side. Hamid has experience working in the non-profit sector during his time in Malaysia before resettling in Dallas, Texas. Hamid is a vocal supporter of his people and he is dedicated to aiding resettled refugees in the transition to life here in the United States. He provides our organization an invaluable service in his ability to further our outreach, educational, interpretation and cultural involvement in the community.
Hamid was born and raised in Burma (Myanmar) and in 1992, Hamid graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Yangon. In order to continue his studies and with the mounting persecution and oppression in his native country, Hamid migrated to Malaysia. There, he earned a master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Malaya (UM), and his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Science Malaysia (USM) in the phytochemistry field.
Hamid brings a diverse range of experience to the BRCW. He is multilingual, speaking; Rohingya, Burmese, English, Hindi, and Malay. Hamid’s professional experience includes work in academia and with NGO’s and other organizations serving refugees and the resettlement process. In Burma, Hamid taught high-school and undergraduate college chemistry and has four publications in the International Peer Review Journal.
Hamid has considerable experience serving the cause of refugees and the resettlement and transitioning process. The work Hamid performed during these years was in direct response to the growing crisis faced by his people, the Rohingya. In 2010 while in Malaysia, Hamid founded and presided over the organization; Rohingya Society in Malasia (RSM). The RSM was created to address the problems faced by the Rohingya in Malaysia. The RSM collaborated extensively with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Kuala Lumpur, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) as well as several other NGO’s and INGO’s such as Refugee International, United to End Genocide, Equal Rights Trust, The Arakan Project, and Fortify Rights. Under Hamid’s leadership, the organization successfully managed sessions of English Classes for Rohingya Adults, income generating projects to train individuals with qualifiable skills with which to earn a living but also serving as a primary education center for youth as well.
Anuwar received his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Yezin Agricultural University near the Burmese capital, Nay Pyi Taw. During his adult years, Anuwar has developed fluency in 6 languages, including; Rohingya, Burmese, Urdu, Malay, Bengali, and English. He has extensive experience interpreting and has held various positions for the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations both in Burma and Malaysia. In Burma, the work Anuwar performed was geared towards education, development, general aid, and rehabilitation. Later, and after he fled to Malaysia, he spent most of the next decade working as an interpreter for UNHCR departments of health, registration, outreach/intervention, education, and resettlement.
Anuwar has been in Milwaukee, Wisconsin since 2015. In addition to his work as a medical interpreter at Aurora Healthcare, Anuwar promotes the cause of the Rohingya and Burmese community in Milwaukee through this recently established non-profit. Anuwar is himself a refugee, witnessing two decades of sordid events in his homeland in Burma and in the refugee community in Malaysia. Anuwar aspires to aid and strengthen the burgeoning Rohingya and Burmese community here in Wisconsin.
Andrew Trumbull serves as the Secretary of the Board and Administrative Director. He performs several roles within the organization. Focusing specifically on developing the BRCW Home Healthcare Services ESL programs and outside communication efforts (Social media and English language correspondence). Andrew has been working alongside Anuwar since his arrival in Milwaukee in the summer of 2015. Fresh off an AmeriCorps service term in the Near West Side of Milwaukee, Andrew brings valuable experience in the non-profit sector as well as in the implementation and administration of community based programs. Andrew has considerable ESL and Basic Literacy teaching experience including technological approaches geared solving language barriers.
Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in the International Studies program of Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He comes from a family with a long history of service to this country and uses his experience teaching ESL, management, IT, non-profit administration and program development, safety and security as well as his passion for social justice to forward the mission of the BRCW.