More Aid for Burma Information

Below is more information about groups recommended by Burma Project.

Cyclone Nargis Appeal: Organizations with Local

Networks in Burma

Avaaz.org, a global online movement with millions of members, is concerned that the junta may delay, divert, or misuse aid. They are partnering with the International Burmese Monks Organization and other local organizations to aid people directly through local networks. http://www.avaaz.org/en/

Community Development and Civic Empowerment Program (CDCEP) is a Thailand-based organization that will deliver funds (and possibly goods such as re-hydration Salts and water purifying tablets) to local community organizations in Burma. Contact: natta@chiangmai.ac.th

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – Holland’s teams, which include over 1,200 Burmese working on the ground, have been distributing food and plastic sheeting, and have begun treating drinking water in Yangon. MSF has been able to assess the areas in the townships of Yangon (the country’s biggest city), and are in the process of assessing areas outside Yangoon that are suspected to have been harder hit. MSF provides medical consultation, builds latrines, and are providing medical treatment for people who have fled to monasteries. A cargo plane loaded with supplies is scheduled to depart 9 May with four additional planes standing by. http://www.msf.org/

Foundation for the People of Burma (FPB) is an organization whose mission is to provide humanitarian aid to Burmese people of all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs. FPB works directly with local organizations inside Burma. They have been working in Burma since 1999. Since 7 May, they have been able to get food aid to Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples and five relief camps in areas surrounding Rangoon. http://www.foundationburma.org/

International Burmese Monks Organization (IBMO), an organization of Burmese monks living outside of Burma, will send money directly to monastic networks inside the country, providing much-needed aid to scores of villagers who are seeking help in temples. www.burmesemonks.org

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has teams on the ground assessing damages in all five affected regions of Myanmar. IFRC lists its top relief priority as shelter. The IFRC is supporting the Myanmar Red Cross in their efforts to hand out relief supplies. The first plane carrying supplies from Kuala Lampur was able to land late in the evening on 8 May. http://donate.ifrc.org/

Mae Tao Clinic is an organization based in Thailand on the Burma border, which also works in Rangoon and the Irrawaddy areas. Mae Tao Clinic, together with the National Health and Education Committee, Burma Medical Association, and Back Pack Health Worker Team, are coordinating with a network of concerned Burmese individuals and organizations to determine the needs in disaster affected areas and to provide relief supplies. http://www.maetaoclinic.org/

Save the Children has begun to mobilize approximately 500 of their staff from 30 offices. Since 5 May, they have distributed several tons of food, kitchen equipment, plastic sheeting, rehydration salts, water purification tablets, and other supplies to over 50,000 children and families whose homes have been destroyed. Trucks loaded with supplies were dispatched on the morning of 9 May en route to Pathein. http://www.savethechildren.org/

Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC), based in Thailand, provides relief to Burmese refugees in Thailand and addresses root causes of displacement in Eastern Burma. http://www.tbbc.org/donate/donate.htm

Thirst-Aid has two factories working overtime to manufacture point-of-use ceramic water filters. In-country health partners are working to set up safe water distribution centers to provide clean drinking water and re-hydration solutions for those in need. Donations to support the purchase of water purification tablets can be made to World Aid by writing checks with “cyclone relief” at the bottom, and sent to 2422 S. Ferdinand Street, Seattle, WA 98108. http://www.thirst-aid.org/

US Campaign for Burma is raising funds for intermediate relief. The funds will be used to help rebuild communities and homes. It will take a long time for the the people of Burma to rebuild their lives; these funds will go directly to Burmese-led organizations inside Burma. http://uscampaignforburma.org/cyclone-relief-donations

World Food Programme (WFP) has sent four aircraft loaded with critically needed supplies to augment stocks of WFP food in Burma. WFP has more than 800 metric tonnes of food-stocks in warehouses in Yangon, and will distribute these resources to areas in need, including the Ayeryarwaddy Division (the largest and hardest hit of the five major Divisions affected by the cyclone). http://www.wfp.org/english/?ModuleID=137&Key=2828

World Vision is distributing supplies including blankets, clothing, drinking water, rice, and fuel for mobile water pumps. Over 35 metric tonnes of rice and 20,000 liters of drinking water have already been delivered. The agency is working with authorities to explore the possibility of an airlift of emergency supplies into Burma from its global pre-positioning warehouses. http://www.wvi.org

****Individuals interested in directly supporting the people of Burma can also consider funding Burmese organizations based along Burma’s borders in Thailand , India, Bangladesh, and China.****

The following are sites with continuously updated information on the emergency situation in Burma:

Center of Excellency http://www.coe-dmha.org/myanmar.htm

Humanitarian Reform http://www.humanitarianreform.org/Default.aspx?tabid=614

International Red Cross http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/response/myanmar-nargis/

ReliefWeb http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/dbc.nsf/doc108?OpenForm&emid=TC-2008-000057-MMR&rc=3

Reuters Alert Net http://www.alertnet.org/db/cp/myanmar_burma.htm

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