The Burma Children’s Fund is supporting
an exciting new project in Mandalay called
the Yadanar Foundation.
We plan to use our blog and our recently launched Facebook Page to keep you updated about our charity. We are a totally non-political organization and ask people not to make political comments in any of their postings. WE ARE ALL ABOUT CHILDREN
We started fund raising in 2004 and the key commitments for the Burma Children’s Fund are to provide shelter, health care and education for orphans and children in Burma. Our UK registered Charity number is 1123989. We have no paid staff, offices or cars and our Trustees pay for their own visits to Burma keeping our overheads to the absolute minimum. This means that the donations we receive are spent on the children’s needs in Burma.
The new school year in Burma starts on 1 June for children
and many of our donations have been focused on getting children into education. For example we have funded the entry fees and bought exercise books for more than 300 children who are starting school for the first time. We have paid for new books at a Monastery school and are paying for the ongoing education of some very bright children whose parents cannot afford to pay for their schooling. We have also arranged to pay for children to stay in hostels where they can attend secondary schools – because there are only primary schools in their own villages.
The shortage of drinking water
in many parts of the country is a huge concern in Burma at the moment. The Myanmar Times reported on 24 May that ‘the long dry spell that has wracked Myanmar this year, causing dozens of deaths and widespread water shortages, showed signs of abating last week. The first falls in Yangon came on May 17, and more were recorded elsewhere in Yangon Division the following day. The rains provided a welcome break from the heat and also offered some hope for those who have relied on donors for drinking water over the past month’. Local people tell us that it will take months before their water ponds are completely full, even with normal rain. At present many areas are completely reliant on donors for clean water.
A Fantastic Asian Banquet was cooked last Saturday
by Nin, Cathy and a group of their friends in Godalming to fundraise for the BCF. We had a wonderful summer’s evening and ate in the garden and everywhere else that had space! A violinist serenaded us and the children looked wonderful as they served snacks in their Eastern dresses. Over £1000 was raised for the BCF which will be an amazing help for our projects in Burma. Thank you all.