Free Funeral Service Society

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Free Funeral Service Society
Free Funeral Service Society seal.png
Founded 1 January 2001; 16 years ago (2001-01-01)
Founder Thukha
Area served
Yangon Region
Key people
Kyaw Thu (Chief)
Than Myint Aung (Vice Chief)
Thukha (founder)

The Free Funeral Service Society (Burmese: နာရေးကူညီမှုအသင်း, abbreviated FFSS), a civil society organisation 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.[1][2] FFSS has helped fund more than 100,000 funerals since it first started.[3]

In 2006, FFSS opened a free health care clinic called Thukha.[4] 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.[5] In September 2010, FFSS opened Thukha Ahara (သုခအဟာရ), a low cost restaurant in Yangon's North Dagon Township.[6] In 2011, it opened another clinic in Bago Region's Pyay Township.[7]

It applied for government registration in 2008 but has yet to be approved, as of March 2012.[8]

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  1. ^ Thein, Cherry (2 May 2011). "FFSS marks 10th anniversary". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Moe Aye (11 October 2007). "Film star Kyaw Thu Arrested". Democratic Voice of Burma. Archived from the original on 13 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Aiding the final journey". Democratic Voice of Burma. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ May Sandy (11 July 2011). "Celebrities make charity a new tradition". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "FFSS Founder Defies Court Summons". The Irrawaddy. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Cherry Thein (13 September 2010). "Free Funeral Service Society opens low-price restaurant". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Cherry Thein (16 May 2011). "Thukha to open Pyay branch". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Phyo Wai Tha (12 March 2012). "Burma's Charities Still Can't Get Licenses". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 

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