Feb 17, 2021

Still holding...and hoping!

It has now been 10 months since I have seen Ko MYo and SAW director Aye Aye Mar.  Thank goodness for email and Zoom! 

On February 8, schools were closed again after a brief reopening, due to a spike in Covid19 cases.  To date, the pandemic has hit Mae Sot relatively lightIy, and the orphanage and staff are fine at this writing.  The recent coup in Myanmar has added a level of stress, as many of the orphans have family there. 

However, as our worlds have shrunk because of the pandemic and its immediate concerns, donations to this project have also diminished.  Our partners at Social Action for Women are working hard to make sure that the children have a healthy food for their bodies and their brains!

While Thailand borders are still essentially closed, I remain in Canada.  But as soon as they re-open, I will return to Mae Sot. 

I know I sound like a broken record, but I know there will be light at the end of this tunnel!  In the meantime, thank you for your continued interest and support.

 

Susan Tileston

Director, MSppa.org

Oct 16, 2020

In a holding pattern...

New garden greens
New garden greens

It's been 7 long months since I saw the orphans at the SAW (Social Action for Women) orphanage on the Thai/Myanmar border in Mae Sot and returned to Nova Scotia, Canada.

The orphans are well, tending their garden, and going to school.  Thailand has been cited by the World Health Organization for its management of the Covid19 virus. So Mae Sot is looking pretty normal these days.

However, as our worlds have shrunk because of the pandemic and its immediate concerns, donations to this project have also diminished.  Ko Myo and SAW founder and director Aye Aye Mar are working hard to make sure that the children have a healthy food for their bodies and their brains!

While Thailand borders are still essentially closed, I remain in Canada.  But as soon as they re-open, I will return to Mae Sot. 

There will be light at the end of this tunnel!  In the meantime, thank you for your continued interest and support.

 

Susan Tileston

Director, MSppa.org

Jun 23, 2020

Sourcing food during Covid19

While we are all under lock-down to varying degrees in Thailand, Myanmar, and Canada, our colleagues at Social Action for Women (SAW) are doing their best to provide for the 80 + orphans under their care.

I left Thailand for Canada at the end of March just as the borders were in the process of closing.  Since then I have been in touch with Ko Myo, our SAW liason person, on a regular basis.  Donations, which were on a downward trend before the pandemic, saw a drastic drop in April and May. 

At this writing, the children have an adequate diet, with the help of greens they are growing themselves.  We are also in the process of transferring some of the funds you have raised to SAW for the purchase of more dairy and meat provisions.

The Thai border is still closed to most foreigners, but I am hopeful that I will be able to return in December.  Stay tuned!

SAW and the children thank you for your continuing support,

 
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