The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks greatly impacted many Americans.
In 2001, Jason Pratt a native Tennessean began to travel Asia and the Middle East where he learned about the Rohingya who the United Nations calls one of the most oppressed places in the world.
Jason met “The Major” a retired Burmese military officer from the Rohingya’s neighbors who spoke up for the Rohingya even though he himself is an ethnic Rakhine. Jason quickly understood that the Major was a Catalytic Leader not only for Rakhine State but also for all of Myanmar (Burma). Through numerous trips to western Myanmar, Jason and the Major began to see poor villagers embrace new community gardening techniques and Sloping Agriculture Land Technology (SALT). Jason met J.Michael Lovan in 2014 and Michael and his family became the first GCN international staff members. Jason, the Major’s family and Michael have provided relief aid to victims of cyclones, floods, and ethnic conflict. As community development and relief projects continued for fifteen years we began to witness Rakhine and Rohingya people work together to see community transformation.
Global Catalytic Network started in January 2016 and is a registered 501c3 in the state of North Carolina. We are able to receive grants as we have registered a DUNS and CAGE numbers with the U.S. government. GCN donations are tax deductible. Our GCN 15 members (9 units) based in 5 countries have 43 years combined experience in providing relief and catalyzing community development projects in Asia and the Middle east.
In 1990, The Major, a leader of the People’s Party was incarcerated in Insein Prison for three years for leading this democracy movement. The Major published several articles in various Myanmar journals regarding the right of Rohingya people to citizenship.