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Community Outreach Programs

A major facet of what Gitameit is about is teaching musicians to be involved with the community at large. Arranging concerts, learning how to fund-raise for charitable causes, performing and teaching in underprivileged schools and in rural areas are some of the goals that Gitameit shares with its student teachers and performers.

Need For Seed: Planting Season, Myanmar

It’s rice planting season here in Myanmar and, two months after Cyclone Nargis, many of the more able-bodied survivors are experiencing a sense of urgency to get their rice crops started. If they can plant quickly, they have much better likelihood of reestablishing their homes and their lives, hopefully harvesting rice in 6 months rather than having to wait until December 2009. Unfortunately, many things still stand in their way.

Seed is an obvious need for almost all of the farmers in the delta. Survivors who are asked to prioritize what they need help with have recently been telling HOPE and other relief agencies that seed is up at the top of their lists. Seed will allow people to secure their own food supply, and many people are expressing a preference for help to grow their coming year’s food supply over many of the other types of aid that the UN and other organizations are now offering, including shelter and food aid.

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Children’s Drawings of Cyclone Nargis

Gitameit volunteers have been deeply involved in helping with cyclone relief efforts. Among other things, Gitameit thought of sending volunteers to some of the collection centers with paper and crayons, so children there could draw some of their Nargis experiences – the idea being that children in the United States would then send drawings and […]


Road to Wah Ba Lout Thout – Independent Local Aid Mission

This bad road makes the village even more distant from the outside world. Along the road people are waiting for someone who will drive them somewhere. They had to leave their homes. There is no doubt, if they told you their story the cyclone would be the reason and I am sure you would be […]


Beyond Rangoon Project Relief Trip 9 to Taw Chike Village

Report for relief Trip #9 conducted on Saturday, 31 May to Kyonda area (Taw Chike Village) Photos of trip #9 On this trip we used boats to reach villages that were inaccessible by road. We confirmed once again that the “official” aid effort is concentrated on large towns; little to no aid is getting to […]


More Aid Diaries from Gitameit Volunteers

Gitameit Volunteer Meditation center, Pagoda in Hlaing Thaya I think our method of providing aid is effective only because the abbot supervised our activities. We should continue to visit this location in the future. Shwe Pauk Kan The refugee camp is not so far from the city. So the situation doesn’t seem so bad. I […]