Dear SCMers, Senior Friends and Friends of WSCF,
We receive with sadness the news that members of SCM Myanmar and their
families were among those missing and affected by the killer cyclone that
hit Myanmar over the weekend. Even our SCM office in Yangon was not spared
by the devastation. Please refer to the email below from Kaythi Min Din, our
Women's Program Coordinator of SCM Myanmar.
我們收到一則令人難過的消息，因為這週末襲擊緬甸的殺手颱風，緬甸的SCM成員及他們的家人當中也有人失蹤。連我們在仰光的SCM辦公室也沒有逃過ㄧ劫，詳情請看緬甸SCM的婦女幹事Kaythi Min Din的email。
At the moment the actual death toll and massive impact to lives and property
has yet be determined, but Myanmar State Media Authority place the figure to
22,000 people dead and 41,000 still missing. The impact of this cyclone is
unimaginable and far-reaching, with millions of people living in abject
poverty and suffering even before the cyclone hit the country.
At this moment of crisis, we call upon everyone in the SCMs and global
Federation to respond to the call for support, action and prayers from our
colleagues and friends in SCM Myanmar. Any effort to help alleviate the
suffering of the people and enable our SCM members to respond to this crisis
and rebuild the lives of the people will be greatly appreciated. Your
support can be channeled through the WSCF AP regional office in Hong Kong
and the Inter-regional Office in Geneva, address and contact details below
In Solidarity and Prayers for SCM colleagues and friends,
Necta Montes Rocas
WSCF AP Regional Secretary
Unit 1-2, 18/F, 280 Portland St. Commercial Bldg.,
Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Call to Prayer and Action
To all SCMs, Senior Friends and friends of WSCF
Dear friends, as you know, Myanmar has been hit by a terrible cyclone; the death toll is estimated at 100,000 and more than one million people are homeless and battling to stave off disease and hunger.
Situation after the cyclone
Around 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 miles) remain under water and in many places there is little fresh food or water left. Food prices in Myanmar, have soared (a bag of rice now costs 40,000 kyats (35 dollars) in the commercial hub Yangon, up from 25,000 kyats last week. Rotting corpses are stacking up, posing the risk of disease.
SCM Myanmar's response
The ruling junta in Myanmar has allowed in only a few disaster and relief experts, they have been encouraged to accept help from the international aid community. Still, the aid is not arriving quickly enough. Our local SCM is in an excellent position to bring life-saving help to several villages.
Myanmar Student Christian Movement (SCM) tell us that two SCM staff members have been sent to affected areas in Lapputa Township, Ayeyarwaddy Division. All of the villages in Laputta Township, Phyar Pone Township and Bogalay township were damaged and dead bodies are still floating around the houses. Some of our SCM students, all very active in the movement, from Pathein have been lost.
Providing people with safe water, food, salts and medicine are the priority for the SCM staff. Providing shelter will be the next step.
緬甸SCM告訴我們有兩位SCM同工受派到Lapputa鎮， Ayeyarwaddy區的災區。Lapputa鎮、Phyar Pone 鎮、Bogalay鎮所有的村落都受到災害，屍體仍在房屋附近漂浮著。有一些活躍的、來自Pathein的SCM目前失蹤。SCM同工目前主要任務是提供人民安全用水、食物、鹽、藥品。下一步是要提供避難所。
On the 10th of May, members of one of the local SCM branches will go to Agattan village to give money so that the people can buy rice and salt. In that village 4,500 households have lost their shelters. They are collecting money from students and senior friends in Myanmar.
Ms. Kaythi Min Din, Myanmar SCM's women's co-ordinator tells us that "now, in the national office, the students who lost their parents and families come and meet us. They feel so depressed and in their mind, the national office is like a shelter for their mental security. I convey your (WSCF's) deep concern to them."
緬甸SCM婦女幹事Kaythi Min Din小姐告訴我們：「目前，在國際辦公室，失去父母及家人的學生來找我們。他們心靈受挫，國際辦公室成為他們心靈的避難所。我向他們表達你們（WSCF）的懇切關心。」
Call to solidarity
WSCF calls on all members of SCMs around the world and all friends of the Federation to pray for SCMers in Myanmar and their families, and all the people of Myanmar. For those who have died and for those struggling to survive.
In addition, we urge all SCMs and friends of WSCF to send messages of solidarity and encouragement to SCM Myanmar firstname.lastname@example.org as well as generous financial contributions to support the relief work that students in Myanmar are doing.
另外，我們強烈希望所有的SCM及WSCF之友傳訊息給緬甸SCM email@example.com ，表達團結鼓勵之意，也請為了緬甸學生在做的工作慷慨奉獻。
From Geneva WSCF will make an emergency grant of US$5,000 from Ecumenical Assistance Programme funds. From Nairobi the Africa office will give US$500.
Now, I can feel that how much solidarity spirit among the SCMs.
This is very valuable encouragement for MSCM and also our people.
Some of our students are now in emergency relief centers and two of our staff are still in affected area.
Me and another staff will go to a village to support rice, medicine and cloths for that village as much as we can.
MSCM is working for the people with all of our best.
Continue to pray for our country and people.