To Mother General, the Sisters the whole Institute, and to those who opened their hearts in solidarity with the victims of the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, we want to give you some news regarding your help to the victims.
The FMA of Yangon, with the Sisters and novices of the north central region, were ready to help where there was need. Their solicitous compassion spread to the young people and adults who united with them in a campaign of charity. Intelligence, health, time and creativity were all put at the service of the victims of the great catastrophe. Life once again began to flower.
Attention was directed toward whoever was in need, without distinction of religion or race. Visits to the various places where disaster had struck- Wataya, Legione, Shwe Pyi Thar, Thingankyun, Aye Ywa and Nyaung Ywa- showed a spectrum of urgencies that could not be postponed because the rainy season was about to begin: repairs to small habitations, the total reconstruction of others, mosquito nets, medicine, water, food (rice, oil, dried fish, sugar, milk, biscuits, legumes, onions, potatoes…) and more.
A visit to the hospital brought us into contact with the Nargis victims in extreme need of help, like the young man brought to the hospital fainting because of advanced malnutrition. The cyclone had swept away his whole family except for the mother. He no longer had any reason to live and therefore would not eat. In repeated visits the Sisters helped him to regain hope, offering moral and psychological support in addition to material help.
Schools opened their doors at the beginning of June, but who could allow themselves to register the children and to provide what they would need? It was a great surprise for 200 children among the poorest to have their own uniform and all that they needed for school, including the registration. These children who had been traumatized by the cyclone still find it difficult to smile, and perhaps will have even more difficulty to have fully successful s year. Accompaniment is necessary so that they can continue well without preoccupations.
Synthesizing the work that has been done until now we may say that 44 homes have been repaired and there are still 10 others being taken care of; 27 homes have been completely reconstructed and 20 others are being built; 500 families have received food, medicine, clothing and mosquito nets; 200 children have been registered in the school; 9 men have received a rickshaw.
The people have been moved in experiencing the loving care of the Sisters. They feel more relieved and secure even though they will have to struggle for another year to cultivate sufficient rice for their families.
The people who have been the object of our care know well that all has been done only with the help of so many brothers and sisters who are open to fraternal solidarity. With their heartfelt THANKS receive our own for having given us the possibility of sharing the love of God with so many people in extreme need. We hope that you will feel the profound joy of having given life to so many brothers and sisters. Above all, we hope that you will hear in your hearts the echo of Jesus’ words: “What you have done for the least of my brothers, to have done to me”…These words are the pledge of a great recompense.
Sr. Sarah Garcia, Leader of the Cambodia-Myanmar Pre-Province
Source: Salesian Sisters Website