Friends of Burma Annual Report 2021
This has been a terrible year for Myanmar. The country has been plunged into a civil war, unseen since 1948, because of the takeover in February of the democratically elected government by the military. Therefore, when Friends of Burma would ordinarily be sending donations primarily for education, instead we have sent thousands of dollars for humanitarian efforts, both for medical and for shelter and food.
We have sent over $50,000 to keep the two hospitals we support open when most of the other 34 hospitals in Yangon are closed. We have sent $21,745 for medical supplies, including oxygen tanks and oxygen concentrators and food. We have sent $33,825 to help IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons who have been forced to flee from the Burmese Army.)
We gave Friends of Myanmar Governing Board the usual $20,000 which they used for relief. We gave Myanmar Baptist Convention another $20,000 for scholarships for children of ministers and Christian workers. We helped the fifty three Bible schools with a grant of $12,990 which was divided among them. Because of the virus, these schools have been closed and so have no income.
We put out an urgent appeal to the 380 donors that we have e-mails for and they responded giving us $91,000. Without the help of our generous donors, we could not have responded so positively to the many needs. Thank all of you for your care and concern. Our financial agent and others are doing dangerous work because the soldiers are roaming the streets taking what they want, beating up anyone suspected of aiding the opposition, raping women and girls, and seizing food, medicine, oxygen tanks, and other needed supplies. Some times they burn the supplies. The volunteers, who do this, do it at great risk to themselves. Please remember these brave people in your prayers.
Here is why we support the two hospitals: “I am Naw Khu Wah Paw from Maw Bee Township. I got a motorcycle accident on 22nd February 2021 with my son and one person who hit us. I was injured, at my head and cervical. Then the villagers sent us to Yangon for the referral. But no hospital accepts us due to we three got severely injured. Then, the villagers referred us to the military hospital and, the hospital did not accept us. Lastly, one of the villagers made a phone call to KBC hospital. The hospital replied that they will see it first and decide it as we were severely injured. Then, we were brought, to the hospital. Firstly, the hospital arranged for my son (Saw Law Eh) and then the others. The two of us were tested for CT scans and accepted as inpatients. After accepting me as an inpatient, I have to do a cervical X-ray test too. Then the hospital found out that, I got a cervical fracture and has to do an operation. And according to the order of the specialist, I finished my operation and could sit now. For head injury, I took further treatment as ordered by the neuro specialist. After my recovery, I heard from the hospital management team arranged things for my treatment cost. I thank God for providing me my life again. And I thank FOB well-wishers for supporting me in my treatment. Without these well-wishers’ support, I will not get back my life too. With all of your supports, I could sit now. Please pray for me to get well and rehabilitate soon.”
Humanitarian Relief. Report from a distributor of Relief Supplies. (Edited.)
|Christmas Celebration in my Church.|
|The Needy Families with Rice and Cooking Oil.|
- Money to keep Myanmar Institute of Theology afloat. $21,000 needed. BIM (Baptist International Ministries) is contributing $24,000.
- Humanitarian support for rice, cooking oil, etc. $5 feeds a family 4 days.
- Aid to virus sufferers, oxygen tanks, oxygen accumulators, medicine, etc.
- Monetary support for our two hospitals.
- Desk top computer for Tachilek Bible School to replace one that died. $1,000.
|FOB enabled two organizations to get money to two blind schools.|