Monday, May 19, 2008

Visit to Myanmar Refugees

A long weekend for Malaysians owing to the Wesak Day today. Saturdays was my usual personal stuff, with my young adults cell group in the late afternoon. Thereafter, lazed at home till night to watch the English FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff. Not much of interest in this match even though it's a final, just because my team was not in it ..... hehe

On Sunday, as usual, attended church service in the morning and went over to the project site of my new house to see the work progress. It's already 30% complete as per the architect's approval and targetted to finish by year end for the 38 units of houses for this phase. Went with another family who bought at the same place. Talking about what we can do in future too......

Went back and the migraine attack came to haunt me from afternoon till 11pm. In between still managed to drive to Segambut area for dinner with friends. One of those days that I couldn't feel anything for food. The migraine was irritating me the whole meal and my friends noticed that I didn't take much too (as I'm the usual big eater, a bandaraya known to many). After dinner, straight for home and knocked off immediately on my bed.

This morning, woke up at 8am, fresh and excited. Arranged for a visit to the Myanmar refugees in KL. My group of friends brought some food for this group of kids and food preparation was on-going to be served after some lessons (taught other volunteers) for the kids.
A photo war went on, clicking away to see who gets the best picture.
As there was another group of volunteers who came earlier, we were planning for the next trip.
Children listened with full attention. This is their only way to learn about English and the world that they are living in, though far from their original land of birth.

Ladies from various organisations do volunteer their time to teach these kids. They could be from the USA, UK or even the foreign embassies.

Their window to the future is not within their control but the caretaker's wish for all of them is "To become a future leader for Myanmar when they grow up".

These are some of the stuff that they make to earn additional income to support the kids. They would have photo albums, bookmarks, season greeting cards, etc.....

Different organisations would take their stuff on consignment basis and sell it for them and all profits were channeled back to the home.
Myanmar traditional cloth which was of very good materials and handwork. Yeah, hand made indeed. Didn't ask about the price as I didn't bring enough money at all, just enough for my earlier breakfast and the toll when I left the house.
They have even started to make Christmas stuff in order to be sold at the end of the year.

This is a group that doesn't sit at home with folded hands and legs, waiting for donations to fall on them but they do work hard to support themselves.

My group did talk about getting a computer set for them at the end of the year.
Tags: Myanmar Refugees, Myanmar, Burma



Blogger Convivialdingo said...

Bless those and your work to help them! We've been praying for Myanmar and China all week - such a tragic loss of life.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. :-)

19 May, 2008 13:49  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

yeah, thanks for the prayers. we just do what we can with what we have at the moment

19 May, 2008 17:12  
Blogger acura said...

That's very kind of you. It's a difficult period for the people of Myanmar more so as their government doesn't seem to care about its own people

I donated some money during my visit to the Penang Burmese temple but I am not sure whether it will reach all the victims or not. The last thing I want is for it to fatten the military general's pocket. God bless them

21 May, 2008 13:26  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

well, at least u tried. hopefully the temple committee wld have their own team to support instead of relying on good for nothing burmese army

21 May, 2008 22:58  

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