contributed by Stevie Cromer
As massive floods poured through Myanmar in late July, the Indianapolis Chin community watched in fear and disbelief. Over 100 deaths have been reported. An alarming number of roads have been washed away. Countless numbers of homes, farmlands and bridges have all been destroyed.
The torrential rain began in July after a cyclone hit the area, and flooding continued through September. The resulting devastation has impacted over one million people.
The Chin Community of Indiana, consisting of approximately 40 church congregations, is spearheading fundraising efforts in Indiana to support disaster relief for the Myanmar flood. It is believed that more than 70 percent of the Myanmar population lives in poverty. Additionally, Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world and the Chin state of Burma is one of the poorest states in Burma. Truly every dollar counts in supporting the relief efforts in this area.
Because the roads have all been washed out, the primary transportation in and out of the region is via helicopter. As a result, it is extremely difficult to even get basic supplies delivered to the area.
LUNA currently has two full-time Burmese staff members and approximately 100 Burmese contract interpreters. Many of our Burmese interpreters’ families are directly impacted by the floods! LUNA is proud to support their community and donate to the Chin Community of Indiana through the Chin Emergency Relief Committee fund.
For more information or to contribute to relief efforts, visit http://www.chincommunityofindiana.com/.