A warning from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on September 3 stated that global media are greatly under-reporting the impact of the devastation in Myanmar. Additional large storms added to the huge emergency last week. 1.6 million people are affected by critical hunger, and half of them are displaced from their homes. United Nations assistance has only reached ¼ of these.
The Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund is raising tens of thousands of dollars to help church families have food to eat and in a number of cases, relocate displaced families. Families are receiving help to relocate to safe communities where there are other Wesleyan churches. The money can help them buy a new plot of land and make a new start.
One Wesleyan farmer was asked why he could not return to his old farm when the flood waters receded. He indicated that the rice paddies are destroyed and all the ground is unstable–there is just flowing mud now. It’s contaminated and nothing can be planted.
The national secretary wrote: “Right now they are just on the edge of the forest. We are praying for them. Especially I wish we could do something for them. Can we do something for our people? Please pray for these people. Homes are damaged and destroyed and lands are not tillable anymore. These families have lost practically everything, but they still have to survive and somehow rebuild their lives.”
The Wesleyan Emergency Fund is poised to send additional help as soon as funds are donated. One hundred percent of the donations to WERF are sent to help the victims.