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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Malaysian Buddhists Rally to Help Burmese Cyclone Victims.

James: Do you want to help the Burmese victims of Cyclone Nargis but don't know who to donate to? Hopefully the below information will give you some direction.

The Buddhist Channel, May 8, 2008

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- Myanmar, more than any country in the world had popularised Buddhist meditation, hosting practitioners at its monasteries and sending teachers all over the world.
Now it is in time of need.

Reacting with utter disbelief at the scale of the disaster wrought by Cyclone Nargis where an estimated 100,000 people lost their lives, key Malaysian Buddhist organizations have mobilized their resources to bring aid to the devastated country.

The following organisations are collecting funds and some also accepting foodstuff and medicinal products to help the cyclone victims in Myanmar.

Readers are encouraged to circulate the information to support these relief efforts.

1. Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia (presently collecting funds only)
Donation may be sent by post to Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia, 123, Jalan Berhala, 50470, Kuala Lumpur. Donors are advised to make all contribution by cheque only made payable to "Buddhist Missionary Society Malaysia." Please write "Myanmar" behind the cheque.

2. Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (presently collecting funds only)
All cheques are to be payable to "Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia". Please indicate "Myanmar Relief Fund" at back of the cheques. Donors may bank in the cheques to YBAM Public Bank account: 3063802219 and send the bank in slip for our record at YBAM Secretariat, 9, Jalan SS25/24, Taman Mayang 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

3. Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (collecting funds & material)
Lot PT 12593, Jalan Kewajipan, SS 13, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor D.E.
Please donate dry foodstuff (noodles, biscuits, etc), canned food, mineral water, medicine etc. at SJBA for us to send to Myanmar. Cash donation is also welcome.(Tel: 03-56315299, e-mail: sjba@streamyx.com)

4. Siri Jayanti Association , Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, (collecting funds & material)
Ven. Saranankara Nayaka Maha Thero says that if sufficient amount of items can be collected to fill a container, then it will be personally sent to Myanmar. Otherwise, the collection will be consolidated with items from SJBA to be forwarded to Myanmar.

Meanwhile Tzu Chi Malaysia said that nine of their relief workers are planning to leave for Myanmar this Saturday for ground assessment. If successful, this will be the first batch of Tzu Chi team to make it into Myanmar.

Members of the public who wish to make donations to Tzu Chi are advised to bank in directly into their account:

International Disaster Relief Fund
MBB A/C: 004067500119

Other relief / aid organizations

Those unable to reach the temples can donate online to the following trusted organisations with ppl already in Myanmar.

~Peace to all beings~

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4 comments:

Amadeus said...

Thanks for posting this, Brother. I will amend my psot from the other day and add a link to your site. I have a friend that works for Mercy Corp and of course have given in the past to UNICEF, so I have always felt comfortable with going through them for these types of things. But as you have addressed, will the aid get into the country. Donating through those set up within the country is probably a better plan and makes more sense. The only question is, how will they get emergency goods (food, water, blankets, clothing, shelters, etc) that are needed? From those I have talked to at Mercy Corp, there seems to be a lack of goods to be had, which of course is one reason why the Junta needs to let it in. Any word or have heard or read on that?

Anyways, good links you have here--thanks for sharing.

~Amadeus

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and inspiring blog. Thank you for your writing.

A question:

Do you know of any good organizations that are also trying help the animals? I'm trying to set up an interview with people who are doing relief work for animals in the area, or who are perhaps doing this in conjunction with efforts to help people? Although there are groups like WSPA who are trying to help the animals there, I was hoping to speak to a group that was more local. Any ideas?

The interview would be part of the Animal Voices radio show (animalvoices.ca).

Thanks for any suggestions you might have!

Best,
Lauren
animalvoies@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Small typo! My address is animalvoices@gmail.com

Thank you.

They call him James Ure said...

Amadeus: Thanks for linking to the post. The more awareness and information that we can pass along to those wanting to help the better.

I still keep hearing that not much aid is getting into Burma. They are going to have a huge disease problem now and it's actually already occurring.

Like I've said in one of these posts, it makes me wonder if the government is slacking because the less people in their population the less people to fear and control.

I can see them being so callous to feel that it this disaster is just a way of "thinning the herd" so to speak.

Anonymous: I know of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)). They are a good organization that has helped animals after Hurricane Katrina here in America.

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