Basic living supplies for IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) refugees and survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Burma, 2008.
We just got two envelopes of photos that were taken inside of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). The photos show children and their teachers at two IDP (Internally Displaced Person) refugee camp schools with the new school supplies we sent them via our local partners. We paid for textbooks, writing supplies, art supplies, mats, mosquito nets and medication for these internal refugees that live on despite the military junta’s animosity and terrorizing behavior against them and their native villages.
KIRFaid.org will be updated soon with a status report and a few of these poignant photos of the modest school houses built of bamboo with thatched roofs and walls of woven matting. My favorite is of a group of about 25-30 kids standing around their teacher, all smiles and with their candy-colored plastic flip-flops lined up in neat rows in front them. Beautiful.
Here’s one of Mark and I’s favorite quotes:
“Nobody makes a greater mistake that he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” — Edmund Burke
Fortunate students at one of KIRF India’s first free schools for Dalit and lowest caste children in rural Bihar, 2006 Photo: AR Kirwin
“It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.”
by HH Dalai Lama (from the book “The Path to Tranquility: Daily Wisdom” 1999)