Thursday, August 21, 2008

Photos from Burma of KIRF school supplies at IDP camps

We just got two envelopes of photos taken inside of Burma of 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

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

quote for the day re: helping others

"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)

Monday, July 21, 2008

KIRF is getting disaster relief supplies into Burma (Myanmar)

Field Report by Mark Kirwin
Mae Sot, Thailand
June 10, 2008

The tragedy in Burma from Cyclone Nargis that his on May 2nd is far worse than what we have been lead to believe. During the last few days, I have interviewed Burmese refugees and seen footage of the tragedy that the locals took using their cell phones and other small cameras. Many Burmese have gathered this information at great personal risk in hopes that the outside world will know the true extent of the devastation, homelessness, sickness, loss of life caused by the cyclone and the Burmese military's interference with the international aid to the victims.