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Cyclone Donations Update
Monday, June 02, 2008 - 7:27:52 am PST
Posted by :: Aaron

Hsan sent me a note that had been passed on from his mother and uncle. Yesterday, part of the donations were distributed in the form of rice, cooking oil, salt, and medicine which are the big four in terms of what the people who are without homes need. They also gave a small amount of money. The email has names, so I'm just going to excerpt a bit here as I'm not sure what's okay to share:

The victims [...] cried when they see the group because they are so happy. Refugees said they are forgotten by the authority. They have no supply by any UN or NGOs since the storm occurred. Monk taking care of the people at his monastery compound. They have no house, no money and no food at all. [They] feel they are [ignored by] any aid.

Here are the photos of the stuff being distributed.

I don't think I can say enough about what this means. It know a lot of people who sent money were dismayed at only being able to send $20 or $50, but as you can see, this is a lot of money. There is still money left after this distribution so expect more updates. A big thanks to Hsan's family who gave their time, and labor to get the materials to people. Hsan's mom is starting to take on the image of a saint to me.

Interesting reading.

Several people asked, but according to Hsan the white paste on people's faces is called Thanaka, a cosmetic paste made from trees, that is used as a sunscreen and to give the skin a cool feeling.

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