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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 messages back to them.

The Burmese children’s drawings bear silently eloquent witness to the devastating experiences that they and their families went through during the cyclone and its immediate aftermath. Two American volunteers with school-age children have since collected drawings and messages from a number of elementary school children at two different schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Burmese translations are being made of the messages the American children wrote with their drawings – messages that express caring, concern, and hope for the future. A selection of these drawings and messages will be posted here once they have been translated and scanned in.

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Su Myat Htet — Hlaing Thar Yar Team Today my team went to 6 different refugee camps. First, we went to Yadana Thirimyo Oo Monastery. Since we arrived at the camp at lunchtime, we saw many young children eating their meals. It was such a wonderful sight to see. We were especially glad to see […]


Trip to Myitkyina in Kachin State

In January, Gitameit students and faculty travelled to Myitkyina in Kachin State at the Northernmost end of Myanmar. They rehearsed in the trains and buses on the way up. They toured the area holding music workshops and performances, and participated in the Kachin Manou Festival.


May 2006 – Thamine Karen Baptist Church

Gitameit Music Center

String students from the Thamine Karen Baptist Church community prepare for coachings with the Apple Hill Chamber Players. A project introducing young adults to playing chamber music.


May 2006 – Insein Mon Baptist Church

Gitameit Music Center

A 5 day vocal workshop with Htun Htun and Gitapella for young adults and music teachers from the Mon Baptist Church community. Gitapella also performed a concert for the community at the Insein Mon Baptist Church.