I am writing from Bangkok, having just returned from Rangoon. Many of you donated last year to the fund I started to provide teaching materials, clothing, printers and other items to the kids at the School for the Blind in Rangoon.
Even with all the things I bought for the school at that time there was still about $250 left in the fund. I donated a part of that to build a well in a drought-hit area of central Burma. Recently I was able to find a needy orphanage run by two monks in Rangoon. The kids come from the very outlying areas of Burma and represent many different ethnicities. I decided to use some of the money left to help this orphanage.
After consulting with the monks, I bought and delivered the following:
In the accompanying picture, you see the kids holding their new items.
Thank you again for your help. I still have about $100 dollars in the account. When I distribute it, I will give you another update. If you feel like donating again…I won’t refuse. I will do my best to identify needy people and use it to help them. THANK YOU!
An inveterate traveler, I have spent a great deal of time searching for new arts and artisans, mostly in Asia. I am drawn to Asia thanks to my 25-year tenure living in Japan. During that period I traveled extensively and often in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to the US, I formed Arts of Asia in order to share the qualities I admire in Asia with my friends and customers in the US. To support this mission, I continue to spend 4 months a year abroad. The search is never ending!