See News 2013 & Gallery 2013 (added Dec 14,2013)

For SIAST Team updates (Great Testimonials)

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One of the least reported issues on the world stage has been the internal conflict within the borders of Myanmar. Over 60 years of civil war in one of the most impoverished countries in the world, has left millions of people displaced or in hiding. Many of the displaced people have fled to Thailand for refuge.

The good news is that there seems to be a political will within the current government and various factions to reconcile and to rebuild the once prosperous nation. Even though it is early in the reconciliation process, Global Neighbors has applied for Charity status in Myanmar, to help rebuild this beautiful Nation.

Global Neighbors will continue to work with existing educational projects in Thailand as well as to focus our efforts inside the country of Myanmar. There are endless possibilities to help the local communities to rebuild their nation. It is exciting to be a part of this historical transition!

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Safe House now completed     (December 2013)

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Year End Message 2013

December 15,2013

Merry Christmas!

We at Global Neighbors appreciate your support that we have received over the past year. and because of this support, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of many people along the border and inside Myanmar.
We have received 4 Sea Containers from Compassionate Resource Warehouse this year. An extra container was used during the flood this summer. It was one of worst floods in recent memory. 1,000's of homes were destroyed and we were able to help with clothes, blankets and dried food from our friends at Gleaners.

Our Safe House is complete with 19 young ladies using the facilities. It is truly a beautiful place!
 

The Teacher Trainers Center has 80 students in the 2013 / 2014 school year. Another 60 students return from internship several time a year to report on findings in the field.

We are also continue to support a preschool program for 60 Migrant Children as well as 20 teachers in Mae La Refugee Camp. In our discussions with parents of the students in the camp, they expressed their deep appreciation for not abandoning them in this period of transition. The real story on the ground is that nothing has changed for the ordinary people in Myanmar. The cloud of uncertainty hangs over them. They are expected to return "home" but what does home mean. Their lands have been confiscated or sold, they have nothing to start over with. There are no political agreements and peace agreements are tentative at best, but the Media Reports talk about the positive changes. The changes we see is that travel is less restrictive and foreign companies are moving in take large tracks of land without any agreements with local people.
 

Because of our location in Western Thailand we are able to help villages on the Eastern side of Myanmar. We are focusing on schools as well as community development. The SIAST Students have built a dorm and are finishing a Primary School in a remote village. The village students have had access to education for 2 years. We are doing a feasibility Study on providing this village with Hydro Electric Power and may look at improving the roads in the rural areas in the future.

We have accepted a request to provide shelter for single mothers with children who do not have relatives or any one to live with. 2 such families are living at a local clinic. The children are sleeping on the floor and the mother does not even have a mat to sleep on.  We will renovate an existing building for a temporary shelter. The clinic has also requested a small home for several adults who have mental challenges and are wondering around town with no care. Your help for these projects are appreciated!

A work trip is planned for February 6 to 20th. If you are interested in joining us, please contact:

Luc April at:lapril@sasktel.net

If you would like to donate for the 2013 tax year, please send your cheque to:

Global Neighbors

RR#5, Site 21, Box 30

Prince Albert, SK.

S6V 5R3

Or donate online at:
https://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?charityID=s90326

Thanks you!

Dave

 

Visits into Myanmar

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