Free Funeral Service Society
|Founded||1 January 2001|
|Kyaw Thu (Chief)
Than Myint Aung (Vice Chief)
The Free Funeral Service Society (Burmese: နာရေးကူညီမှုအသင်း, abbreviated FFSS), a civil society organization based on Yangon, Myanmar, founded by Burmese film director Thukha, provides free funeral services for the poor in Yangon Region. It was founded on 1 January 2001 by film director Thukha and is headed by many prominent persons in the entertainment industry, including actor Kyaw Thu. FFSS has helped fund more than 100,000 funerals since it first started.
In 2006, FFSS opened a free health care clinic called Thukha. In 2009, its free clinic was ordered by a local court to be closed, after being forcibly relocated from Thingangyun Township to North Dagon Township in Yangon's outlying suburbs. In September 2010, FFSS opened Thukha Ahara (သုခအဟာရ), a low cost restaurant in Yangon's North Dagon Township. In 2011, it opened another clinic in Bago Region's Pyay Township.
It applied for government registration in 2008 but has yet to be approved, as of March 2012.
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