Opinion Letters

Project Enlighten Helps Burmese Cyclone Victims

Lisa McCoy

Dear Editor,

I am a Rotarian, and a team member of Project Enlighten. I have been stationed here for 3 weeks on the Tha-Burma border coordinating relief efforts for Burmese cyclone victims. I have many friends and Family in Quadeville (Moriarty) and would really appreciate it if you could include the 'Letter to the Editor' below in one of your upcoming publications. For more information on my efforts you can visit my bolgsite at http://schoolsforcambodia.blogspot.com or www.projectenlighten.org

Many Thanks:

Help Burmese Cyclone Victims!

It's been over three weeks since Cyclone Nargis devastated Burma leaving nearly 80,000 dead, and over 50,000 missing. I have been here on the Thai-Burma border for most of that time.

Burma, a country ruled by a military junta, has only allowed limited aid into the hardest hit delta region, where now hundreds of thousands, including over 30,000 children are at risk of dying from a second humanitarian crisis: starvation and disease.

A few days after the disaster, 'Project Enlighten' www.projectenlighten.org , put into place a 'Burma Cyclone Emergency Immediate Action Plan'. .

Being a Canadian 'Project Enlighten' team member and Rotarian from Muskoka, who had spent two months this past winter volunteering for various Burmese organizations on the Thai-Burma border, I went to the border town of Mae Sot, Thailand to coordinate relief efforts there.

Burmese organizations here in Mae Sot, 6km from the border, have emergency relief response plans in place whereby relief supplies, driven into Burma by Burmese citizens, can reach those left destitute in the delta region.

Last week, 'Project Enlighten' funded $4000US of aid into the delta region, and we are now ready to send another truckload of $4000 in aid within the next few days. Updates, details, and photos can be found by visiting the 'Project Enlighten' web site.

Any amount you give will help save a life in crisis. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the victims. Donations can be made online via credit card or PayPal, or, by sending a cheque made payable to 'Project Enlighten', designated for Burma Cyclone Relief to:

Project Enlighten - Burma Relief Fund

P.O. Box 53, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1T5

Sincere Thanks,

Lisa McCoy, 'Project Enlighten', Mae Sot, Thailand

Cell: 011 66 087 5736 189