Thursday, June 19, 2008

Myanmar still struggles with post-storm problems

Myanmar-Cyclone Nargis' damage is unspeakable. Weeks after the storm hit, survivors are wading through waist deep water and debris to get aid. Food and shelter remain scarce because the government is stockpiling relief supplies. Despair is rampant.Bright Hope International's Mike Rutter says they're collaborating with two local Christian groups who have found a way to bring supplies and hope into the worst hit, under-resourced regions in Myanmar."They're working through the local church. They're able to get the rice, the mosquito nets, tarps. Right now, things are very much still in a disaster relief mode," but costs have risen astronomically.Bright Hope acknowledges they're paying a lot more for the supplies they distribute, but there isn't much choice. Waiting for a government distribution means more people could die. That's not an acceptable alternative for the ministry.They're working with the national believers because that's the only way to get in. "Our partner has scheduled 10 relief distributions, basically one per week. He just finished the fifth one last week. We'll be sending money on a weekly basis to support his efforts."One partnership is a network of churches working to get relief supplies to the people who need them most. So far, these churches have been able to distribute rice, noodles and blankets. Additional items such as candles, charcoal, clean water and medicines are desperately needed.The other part of the support team is a Christian relief organization based in Thailand. Their network of Christian relief workers already stationed in Myanmar's delta region has allowed them to bring in relief supplies to the most devastated communities.They are providing food, water purification, medical aid and workers.Funds equip these churches with the relief supplies needed in their communities.Rutter says $80 will provide food and shelter for a family of five for one month. "We're acting as the hands and feet to the people that need it. We're helping the most needy people as quickly as possible and using those actions to show the love of Christ."
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As in the days of Noah....

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