Hsipaw Eye Mission Update
Due to the insurgencies among rebels and between the rebels and the military forces in Shan State, our Myanmar partner informed us that there is no guarantee of safety for our medical team during the road trip. Selva: “…..after dealing with insurgency issues and now flooding issues, safety must come first for everyone – Sitagu has officially cancelled the 2016 Myanmar cataract mission.”
After a deep and thorough consideration, we have decided to tentatively reschedule the Hsipaw Eye Care Mission to September 2017.
As most of you know, when working in developing countries, sometimes plans are not always carried out as hoped.
The goal of the cataract missions is to give the gift of sight to those in need. We will continue to monitor the in-country situations in hopes of continuing our efforts for the community in 2017.
We will keep you informed accordingly.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Our young friends from Khe Sanh area are enjoying their exciting summer break. However, like all other tribal children, they will have to help their parents with some chores and farm work. Living in a poor mountainous area, these children get used to having no relaxing summer time.
However, this Summer is a bit different because they will have some fun extra activity to do. For the first time, they have a foreign teacher helping them with English. The students in Pa Nho School and Khe Sanh Primary School will have English classes delivered by Mr. Scott, who has volunteered to help these students since January 2016. This effort is a continuation of library program by GCSF Vietnam in improving education for ethnic minority children in Khe Sanh area.
"I enjoy my time here in Khe Sanh working with these nice children. They will have some extra activities apart from just staying home and helping with the farm during summer vacation. Good news that we have just collected about 600 books from US and raised some money to buy more books. So, our young friends will have gifts for their coming school year.", shared Scott.
So far, more than 780 students from 6 to 10 at Khe Sanh Primary School, Pa Nho Satellite School and Ban 1 Satellite School have enjoyed the library gifts in GCSF Vietnam's library program. The libraries are daily used during school time with over 2,000 books borrowed per month. In this summer, all the librarians are busy sorting out old books and circulating them among the main schools and satellite schools so that new books are always available for the students in different school sites.
In September, these students will be back to school and continue enjoy their reading habit at school libraries. Meanwhile, there are still more remote schools around Khe Sanh where young children are longing for the same opportunity. Nothing is more meaningful for these students than a library gift for their new school year. Thus, along with our volunteer Scott, GCSF Vietnam would like to extend our library mission to help more tribal children realizing this dream of knowledge.
Friends, let's join hand with us for this meaningful Summer mission.
Thank you very much for your support.
We are happy to report that we have reached our funding goal for the September 2016 Restore Eye Sight to 300 in Hsipaw, Myanmar Project.
Global Community Service Foundation has successfully recruited three American ophthalmologists and one technician who are paying their own travel expenses to Myanmar to perform cataract surgeries. The team also is bringing with them the much needed medicines and surgical equipment supplied by other donors.
Myanmar will support our team with three local eye doctors and 150 volunteers who will assist with this life changing procedure to restore eye sight and independence to the local villagers.
Please look for a final report with photos later this fall after our mission is completed.
Your support keeps us going - we are very grateful for your help.