Warm clothes donated by KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation have reached internally displaced persons in northern Myanmar in advance of the predicted extreme cold weather this winter.
Members of the philanthropic foundation delivered more than 250 articles of warm clothing to the IDPs from Kehsi and Mongkai townships who are being sheltered at the IDP camp in Tonglaw Village, Mongkai Township. The BFM also donated K10 million to the camp.
As part of the effort to brace for La Nina in the upcoming winter, the BFM has imported clothing from China at the cost of more than US$2million to distribute to residents, including IDPs, in areas which are expected to experience extreme cold weather.
The move comes under the guidance of the foundation’s chairperson Daw Nang Lang Kham after weather experts warned that extremely cold weather was coming to parts of Myanmar this year, said U Aung Kyaw Soe of the BFM.
The foundation delivered more than 3,500 pieces of imported warm clothing to ethnic people in Lahe, Naga Self-administered Zone in Sagaing Region in mid-August, more than 3,000 pieces of warm clothes and 10,080 packs of dried instant noodles to IDPs in Myaing Gyi Ngu and Maethawaw in Kayin State in September, more than 7,650 articles of warm clothing to IDPs in Namtu and more than 36,500 pieces of warm clothing to ethnic people including monks and nuns in the Mandalay Region. The delivery of warm clothes to areas which are expected to be hit by extreme cold weather will continue, the BFM said.
Similarly, BFM also provided Ks30 million and 300 articles of warm clothes to the victims and families of those who died in the Aung Soe Moe ferry capsizing accident in the Chindwin River last month and Ks71 million as second aid to the victims.
The foundation has carried out philanthropic works since the Cyclone Nargis hit the country in 2008. So far, the BFM it has spent more than K109 billion on evacuation, relief and resettlement of peoples nationwide who are affected by disasters. The money is also spent on disaster preparedness, education, health, religion and sports in communites across the country. —Thura Lwin (Eco)