20 May 2008
Well...good experience and discipline to fast for two days. Raised half of target so far. Many thanks to all my sponsors!! Will be getting all on and offline donations to AMURT UK bank account to send to AMURT Burma bank account.
Dada Laliteshananda is a yogi monk and has been the main co-ordinator for AMURT in Burma. Here is his account of the cyclone.....
--- On Fri, 5/9/08, Dada laliteshananda wrote:
I want to thank all of you who wrote concerned about my situation here, and I want to apologize for not replying individually to each one of you. At the moment there's a huge relief operation on the way, we are just waiting for the amurt team to arrive here. It is outrageous that Myanmar government is blocking the visa of the aid workers.
Many AMURT supporters will be undertaking 48 and 24 hr sponsored fasts in order to raise funds for the AMURT relief effort, currently well underway in Burma.
Check out the following Justgiving pages and sponsor these guys if you can.
Below is an email from Jyotish ( working in one of our schools in Myanmar )
Internet wasn't working for a couple of days and electricity isn't available nor will it be for a good while. There is lack of water for drinking, bathing etc, in the case of the school we are fortunate to have a water filter and a diesel engine with enough fuel to supply for cooking and drinking. Also we have a treadle pump by the dug well which enables people to take bath and wash clothes. Many people carry water from afar and boiling water is increasingly difficult with the rain soaking the environment and the markets short of supplies, and of course no electricity is available.
In the wake of a massive cyclone, at least 22,000 Burmese are dead. More than 40,000 are missing. A million are homeless.
But what's happening in Burma is not just a natural disaster--it's also a catastrophe of bad leadership. - Burma's brutal military junta failed to warn the people, failed to evacuate low-lying areas, and suppressed communication so that the Burmese people didn't know the storm was coming. Now the government is failing to respond to the disaster and even obstructing international aid organisations. Read more about the UN's frustrations with the Burmese Leadership here