Myanmar Flood Relief
August 12, 2015
BBC reported Monday that more than one million people have been affected by flooding in Myanmar. Nearly 1.2 million acres of farmland are submerged. Food and clean water are scarce. Many are without shelter. While the death toll is currently at approximately 100 people, this number is expected to increase significantly as disease caused by flood waters impact drinking water.
The heavy monsoon rains began weeks ago but last week’s “Cyclone Komen” has exacerbated the already challenging setting.
Myanmar's economy is “one of the least developed in the world, and is suffering the effects of decades of stagnation, mismanagement, and isolation. Key industries have long been controlled by the military, and corruption is rife. The military has also been accused of large-scale trafficking in heroin, of which Myanmar is a major exporter.” (BBC Myanmar profile) The government has officially requested international help for this crisis.
FAIR, in partnership with Hope International, is seeking to alleviate the initial needs present in the Magway and Sagaing regions, and in Rakhine and Chin States. Hope International has had a presence in Myanmar seeking to aid one of Asia’s poorest countries. Their mandate is to assist the poorest families as they become self-sufficient.
In partnership with Hope International, FAIR is seeking to provide emergency relief through the provision of food, clean water, and shelter. Early rehabilitation projects include the provision of clean water and sanitation, cooking utensils, helping with fodder for their farm animals and help for their farms.
The goal is $50,000 from September until December.
Dale Bowler from Hope International writes: “In a country where 70% of the population struggles to survive on $2 a day or less, you can appreciate the urgency of the request for help.”
FAIR is stepping out in faith and immediately releasing $5000 toward this goal as we await the response of individuals and churches.
How can you help?
Please pray for the individuals and families who have been most affected. We encourage you to consider giving to this need as well. When we all work together by giving whatever God prompts us to give we can help to alleviate suffering in the lives of those most greatly affected by the flooding. Please consider passing this email along to members of your congregation, and I encourage you to present this need during your Sunday service.
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Dan Shurr, FAIR Director
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