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Burma Activists Organize 10 Fundraisers this Weekend to Benefit Tsunami Victims (click to view PDF)

For Immediate Release
January 7th, 2005
Contact: Jeremy Woodrum and Aung Din at 202-223-0300, 202-246-7924, and 301-602-0077

PUBLIC CALL FOR DONATIONS AND SUPPORT

(Washington, DC) The United States Campaign for Burma (USCB) today issued a public request to friends of Burma around the world to help Burmese tsunami victims in Thailand. Many Burmese migrants in Thailand are ineligible for much of the official aid due to their tenuous legal standing. Two Thailand-based organizations, the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma (HREIB) and the National Health and Education Committee (NHEC), are assisting Burmese migrant worker communities at Ban Bin beach near Ranong in southern Thailand and Tamala Village on Phuket Island, two of the most affected areas in Thailand. USCB is mobilizing assistance and collecting funds from the overseas Burmese community and other caring individuals to support this effort.

According to a report the HREIB issued yesterday, many migrant workers from Burma living in the coastal areas of southern Thailand between Phuket and Ranong have been hit hard by the tsunami. There are no official figures on dead and/or missing Burmese migrant workers, but Thai newspapers cite a figure of 800 Burmese dead. The HREIB now uses a figure of between 700 – 1,000 dead. As of January 6, 2004, HREIB had documented a list of 145 dead, collected directly from eyewitnesses and relatives.

“Most Burmese that were affected by the tsunami were either working at construction sites along the coast, as fishermen, in factories along the coast, at rubber plantations along the coast, in dockyards, and in the tourist industry. After the disaster most Burmese that were affected spread to different areas in small groups. They have received little or no emergency supplies from the official Thai relief program,” the report says.

This weekend, the US Campaign for Burma is organizing Burmese communities and friends of Burma to pray for and assist Burmese tsunami victims at fundraising events at two churches, six Buddhist Monasteries, and two residences across the USA. The events will be held in Washington, DC, New York, Fort Wayne (IN), San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tempe (AZ).

100% OF THE FUNDS RAISED WILL GO TO SUPPORT THE RELIEF EFFORT.

Event locations are listed below. Checks can be made payable to “US Campaign for Burma” with “Fund for Burmese Tsunami Victims in Thailand” in the memo field. Alternately, people may donate through the USCB webpage at www.uscampaignforburma.org . BE SURE TO NOTE that donation is for the tsunami survivors.

US Campaign for Burma “Fund for Burmese Tsunami Victims in Thailand”
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202-223-0300
www.uscampaignforburma.org
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LOCATION OF EVENTSACROSS THE UNITED STATES THIS WEEKEND – JANUARY 7th – 9TH, 2005

For more information please contact:
 
USCB
Washington, DC

Burmese community in Greater Washington Area, including Maryland and Virginia will hold a merit making ceremony.
Venue: Mingala Rama Vihara
1708 Powder Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD 20903
Time and Date: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact: U Tin Maung Thaw (703-723- 4855), Ko Yin Htwe (301-585-1809)  fort Wayne, Indiana

Burmese community in Fort Wayne, IN will hold a merit making ceremony.
Venue: Jaytawon Monastery
1204 Xlyvia Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46816
Time and Date: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact:  Ko Nyein Chan Oo (260-704-0242), Ko Chit Kyi (260-433-3610)

San Francisco, CA 
Burmese community in San Francisco, CA will hold a merit making ceremony.

Venue: Mettanada Vihara 4619 Central Ave, Fremont, CA 94536-6606
Time and Date: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact:  Ko Htain Linn (415-531-3761), Ko Kyaw Aung Lwin (415-806-4284)

Los Angeles, CA (three venues, two dates)
Burmese communities in Los Angeles, CA will hold merit making ceremonies. Venue: Home of Dr. Aung Khin
1416 East, Santa Ana Street, Anehein, CA 91805
Time and Date: 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM, Friday, January 7, 2005

Contact: Dr. Aung Khin (714-609-4526) 

venue: Buddhist Monastery
4436 Walnut Street, Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Time and Date: 7:00 AM-9:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact: U Mya Win (661-803-5975), U Khin Maung Shwe (626-458- 8109)

Venue: Home of U Khin Maung Shwe
1040 S. Second St., Alhambra, CA 91801
Time and Date: 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact:  U Mya Win (661-803-5975), U Khin Maung Shwe (626-458- 8109)

New York City (three venues)
Burmese community and friends of Burma in New York City will hold a merit making ceremony and prayer services.
Venue: Queens Myanmar Monastery
35-49, 72nd St. First Floor, Jackson Height,
New York, NY 11372
organized by the Burma Point
Time and Date: 7:00 AM-9:00 AM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact:  Ko Aung (917-607-6182), Ko Moe Chan (646-643-8689)

Venue: St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
210 West 31st St., New York, NY 10001 (near Madison Square Garden)
Time and Date: 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact:  Ma Sandi (917-445-9222), Ko Khin Aung Tint (917-291-9861), Kathleen Didomenico (212-365-4155)

Venue: Myanmar Baptist Church 87-37 Whitney Ave, Elmhurst, New York, NY 11373
time and Date: 12:00- 3:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact: Nant Kay Khine (917-291-9862)

Tempe, Arizona
Burmese community and friends of Burma inTempe, AZ will hold a merit making ceremony.
Venue: Arizona Meditation Center
1651 E. Manhattan Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
Time and Date: 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM, Sunday, January 9, 2005

Contact: 

U Win Kyaw (480-893-0953), Raymond Chu (480-922-3675), U Ngwe Sint (480-607-5052)