BURMA: On May 3, 120 mph winds and 12-foot-high storm surges from the sea and hit Burma. Government officials in Burma say 95% of houses have been destroyed in the city of Bogalay as a result of a tidal surge 3.5m high. In hard hit Laputta, hundreds of survivors crowded the floor of a monastery's open-air hall. The death toll jumped to more than 28,000 with another 33,416 missing — though some experts said it could be 15 times that if people do not get clean water and sanitation soon. 1.5 million cyclone survivors suffer from lack of food, water and shelter.
CHINA: SICHUAN PROVINCE: MAY 12, 2008: Without warning or mercy, a 7.9 monster earthquake struck a swath of death, destruction and devastation killing, injuring and affecting millions of helpless victims. It was the “EARTHQUAKE OF THE CENTURY” with devastation that has shocked the world community. Helpless and dying children were made orphans in mere seconds as parents perished in the crushing quake rubble. It is a heart wrenching scene of weeping, travail, despair and pain. The emotional damage is horrendous and cannot be measured in mere numbers or just words.
Although the UN Secratary General Ban Ki Moon ’ s visit, the Myanmar military junta restricts the access of foreigners into the Delta area, at which the condition is very serious. Policeman and soldier on patrol forbid any foreigners to take photos inside storm stricken area. It is hardly seen the western people walking on the street.
WCF delivered our relief goods successfully and punctually to an warehouse designated by the Ministry of Myanmar Social Welfare. This warehouse is the only official place for collection and distribution of relief goods.
“ Min Ga Lar Par(Good morning) ” ,Kyauk Dan Village. WCF relief team had struggled to enter into the storm stricken area and were sending out the GIKs to storm victims in Kyauk Dan Village in respectful way.
“ Kyay Zu Tin Par Tal ” said a boy in T-shirt, that is Thank you in English. We come to visit Kyauk Dan village, which is about 60km southwest of Rangoon, has a population of more than 200 peasants. Cyclone destroyed both their homes and plants. They are very thankful to the WCF Donation.
WCF relief team go to two kindergartens after storm, one is SHWE PYI THAR, the other is DAGON SEIKKAN, both of them are in Rangoon, Myanmar. They were all hit by Nargis, the roofs were blow off, some class windows were broken. Thanks to the teachers, Children are safe here, but some kids are terrified by big wind.
We met Kyaw Kyaw, 3 years old boy, in the SHWE PYI THAR Kindergarten, Rangoon. He is so cute and everyone is touched by looking at his face. But nobody knows he is orphan now. We are sorry to hear that ……
We are told that he had a big and happy family before. He had 2 elder sisters and 1 little brother. Hit by the Nargis, both his parents and his siblings died. Now, he is adopted by the Kindergarten. Although he survives, but he is affected psychologically. There is a training course for those Children like Kyaw Kyaw in this Kindergarten. We believe he will grow up and will have a better life tomorrow.
Su Su, a lovely Myanmar girl, 5 years old, is now expectiing us to visit her home village again. We know her when we are sending out the GIKs to the storm victims in Kyauk Dan village. She is a little bit shy, and is supposed to start her new school life in June this year. But now, her hope vanished. Due to the cyclone, the school, which is the only one school in her village, collapsed and floated far away. Her elder sister Yu Yu stand beside her, and console her, say: ” Don ’ t worry, I will teach you some courses, the same as you can learn in school. ” But her elder sister is only Grade 3 in that school, and they don ’ t have any textbooks avaiable. Even worse, there is no power in her village yet. It will be a very long dark evening.
We give them candles, it is helpful. And Su Su say she won ’ t fear the dark night any more, because of our Donation, our care.
Maung Maung, aged 7, is a little newspaper vendor. We learnt his story on the street nearby our hotel in Rangoon on the International Children ’ s Day. Maung Maung is a clever boy, he ‘ s been following us to sell the local newspaper. Then our interview began.
He said he was a student, Grade 2, in SEIK KAN elementary school in Rangoon before the Cyclone Nargis came. The big storm changed his life, and rob him of schooling. He, the eldest child in his famliy, has to support his sisters and brothers, because his family was deprived of all savings. He and his family now are living in their relative ’ s house. Due to lack of money, he has to be a vender on the street everyday. We were sorry to learn his story especially on the Children ’ s Day. There are many Children like Maung Maung in Myanmar.