Request for donations
Kachin refugees in urgent need of aid
After the 1994 ceasefire between the Burmese Government and Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) had been cancelled, fierce fighting had erupted in Kachin State since June 9, 2011 and all negotiations for a temporary ceasefire failed in early August. The fighting had serious humanitarian consequences: displacement of civilians from the war-affected areas, loss of lives and property, and food shortages. Despite two orders by the Myanmar President to stop fighting immediately the Myanmar army did not stop its attack and talks of a ceasefire have still not been successful.
By Christmas 2011 more than 60,000 civilians (more than 5% of the total Kachin population) have fled to safer areas. About 15,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled to camps in the government-controlled area and more than 45,000 in the area controlled by the KIO (numbers verified by the Kachin Relief Network). About 100 villages are totally deserted or burnt down; the farm supplies and livestock had to be left behind by the fleeing villagers. Most of the IDPs are children under the age of 12, students, and women. In January 2012, China relaxed the strict border controls and many refugees have fled across the border; it is estimated that about 8,000 refugees stayed in China in February 2012.
We work together with the Christian Churches in Kachin State. Through them we can access refugee camps directly. If you want to help the Kachin refugees please drop us a short mail, we will provide you with detailed and specific project proposals.
For reports about the current situation see DVBTV on YouTube and the humanitarian updates by the UN-OCHA Office Myanmar, below:
Leprosy in Burma
Fighting Leprosy in Burma has a long history. The first Mission for lepers was set up in Mandalay in 1891 by the "The Mission to Lepers in India". The Myanmar government declared in 2003 that leprosy had been eradicated. However, still today around 80,000 - 110,000 cured by the Multi-Drug Therapy continue to live with major disabilities and deformities. In addition, 3,400 new cases of leprosy are detected annually.
PIN visited several Leper communities and identified urgent projects:
New Dressing Center, Mandalay vincinity
Persons affected with Leprosy (PALs) develop skin diseases and skin ulcers easily. Therefore a daily care of the lepers is mandatory. Christian volunteers set up a free dressing center in a leprosy village close to Mandalay. It is a simple bamboo building with one basic latrine. 21 PALs attend the Dressing Center daily to receive treatment of their skin diseases and obtain new dressings. The Center is managed by a volunteer nurse aid under the supervision of an experienced medical doctor. The village is in need of a concrete building that can withstand the monsoon rains and the scorching heat of Central Burma.
Nursery for Leprosy village, Mandalay vicinity
The Leper village has around 3,000 people with 300 children below 6 years of age who do not have a nursery. The parents requested to set up a nursery to help the development of their children, to improve their chances in school and their opportunities in live. The parents started a makeshift nursery in 2010. The nursery is in the outdoor compound of a private house and is run by three volunteer women. However, this situation is unsustainable; with the onset of the monsoon season in May it has to stop for 5 months until they have a proper building for the children. PIN would like to build a weatherproof nursery for the children of the village.
Low-cost houses for lepers and nursery care in Burma's Dry Zone
In this leper community in the Dry Zone live 58 households in 53 houses and shacks (220 villagers). 75% of the houses are made of bamboo and 15% of the houses are instable makeshift shelters which expose the families to the heavy rains of the monsoon season and the scorching sun during the dry season. For the poorest of the PAL-families we would like to construct basic low-cost bamboo houses. Each house should be 22 ½ x 15 feet on stilts (5 feet), the houses will have bamboo walls and thatch roofs and one house will cost about US$ 1,800.
The children of the PALs lack educational assistance and have difficulties to get admitted to primary school.. About 30 children are malnourished and stunted. To help these children we would like to run a nursery program with a feeding and hygiene program. A government-owned buidling would be available for the day-care.
Low-cost houses for lepers in Burma's Dry Zone
In another Leper village in the Dry Zone 98 persons live in 28 households in 22 shacks and houses. The number of PALs is 18. All villagers are Buddhists and with the exception of some small local donations the community has been living without external or governmental support for thirty years. The villagers jointly farm three acres of land and share in pig breeding. The land is dry and barren and farming is confined to growing sesame seeds and soybeans which cannot feed the whole village. All villagers live in destitute circumstances without permanent employment or income and are very poor; the able villagers try to get by as day labourers while the PALs go begging. The local Buddhist Monastery provides education for the children but the housing situation is depressing. PIN would like to help the poorest families with 15 basic low-cost houses; one house will cost about US$ 1,800.
People In Need – Gerhard Baumgard Stiftung
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