Help for Myanmar farmers and children

By July 9, 2008

Myanmar
(MNN) — Farmers in Myanmar
need to plant their crops by the end of July, and Vision Beyond Borders is
going to help. Its contact in Myanmar is
purchasing $90,000 worth of rice seedlings so the crops can be planted in
time. 

If the farmers do not get the seedlings in time, the contact
said, "It will be too late, and this will even make [it] harder next year for
them as this is their only way of making their living."

The farmers are determined to press on, but they face
serious challenges. Cyclone Nargis
killed more of the women and children than the men, and the loss of family
members will make farming more difficult. Also, much farmland has been flooded, and the farmers must plant at
higher elevations. 

Another Vision Beyond Borders contact in Myanmar plans to build at least
four children's homes that will house 100 children each. The contact was able to purchase the land for
these homes with $50,000 of donated funds. The fencing wall around the worksite has already begun to go up. The homes will be located near a school and a
hospital. 

A current children's home is also being expanded with the
addition of a new dormitory.   60,000-80,000 children were orphaned by
Cyclone Nargis. 

Vision Beyond Borders teams have also distributed rice, oil,
blankets, medicine, school supplies, and water purification resources to
cyclone survivors.  

Some churches have been inspired to fund the construction of
a children's home and sponsor the children living there. Church members may also have the opportunity
to travel to Myanmar
with Vision Beyond Borders and visit the home they sponsor. Click here if you are interested in child
sponsorship.

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