By Yunnan Relief Team, China (Originally in Chinese)
For the past three years, the Palaung ethnic group living at the border of Myanmar (Burma) and Ruili City, Yunnan Province, China have suffered much trauma due to an ongoing civil unrest. The Palaung refugees by the Chinese border often hide in the woods or corn crop fields to escape from the conflict. They are in desperate need of humanitarian aid as they have no electricity, and are short of daily necessities and medicine.
Therefore, in response to Master’s loving instruction to help those in their times of need, our Yunnan Association members formed a relief team and contributed a total of CNY 43,285 to purchase aid for the Myanmar (Burma) refugees.
On June 23, 2015, we loaded our vehicle with 42 different kinds of medicine bought at a wholesale price, and drove to the bordering city of Ruili with God’s love. The next morning, we brought the contributions to Palaung Mimao Representative Office. Although the officers there did not speak Chinese, we could tell that they were deeply touched. They expressed their gratitude for the urgently needed medicine, and hoped we could bring more in the future. Also, they asked us to contribute clothing and daily necessities, if possible.
To fulfill the officers’ request, we collected clothing for the refugees. Some of our Association members from other provinces also donated clothes and money. In early July, our relief team returned to Ruili to donate 61 bags of clothing with a total of 580 items to the Myanmar (Burma) refugees, including two bags of brand new T-shirts and women’s summer clothes and shorts. In addition, our Association members donated 37 bags of clothing to the refugees in the Nansan area, southeast of Ruili.
We later invited around 50 to 60 kindhearted people for a vegan lunch to thank them for letting us pack the relief items at their place. Many of them wanted to learn how to cook vegan food and be vegan. Everyone felt the loving blessing energy. We are sincerely grateful for Master’s blessing, which helped us complete the relief work smoothly. Our heartfelt prayers that peace comes soon to Myanmar (Burma) and all the refugees can return to the comfort of their homes.
Expenditures by The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association for Palaung Refugee Relief Efforts in Yunnan Province, China
|Medicines for the refugees in Ruili||30,939||A|
|Clothing for refugees in Ruili and Nansan||6,600||B|
|Bags and plastic string for packing||331||C|
|Transportation costs (including accommodation cost for the driver)||5,415||D|
|Total|| CNY 43,285
The relief team paid approximately CNY 1,300 for their own transportation and accommodations.