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Eyes to Burma's Winter 2020 E-News
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Dear friends,

Happy New Year! As we enter 2020 and a new decade, Eyes to Burma continues to improve the lives of people living and working at and around the landfill on the Thai/Myanmar border. Feel free to share this update from our on-the-ground founder, Fred Stockwell, with your friends and colleagues who may want to support this important humanitarian work.
 
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Education and Community

The community center on Buddha Land that was built by Eyes to Burma in 2019 continues to be a draw for kids and families. Every Sunday teachers and monks from Myanmar come and teach classes on Buddhism, core values, and culture. Moms also gather at the center in the evenings because it’s a safe, welcoming place to connect with other families and their children. In addition, families celebrate holidays at this vital hub.
Fred continues to transport our 16 students to and from school at nearby Children's Development Center (CDC) every week day.
Students treated to lunch at Tesco Lotus following exams.

Water and Electricity

Last year the community lost their access to clean drinking water and electricity. Despite this hardship, their earnings now allow them to purchase clean drinking water from vendors who recently set up next to Buddha Land, thereby ensuring access to potable water for the community.

Fred is working with the recycling factory to bring back electricity, and local non-profit PlayOnside, which built the soccer field on Buddha Land, installed solar-powered lighting for three buildings for the community.
 
Additionally, Fred’s been working with community members on installing an irrigation system from the river to water gardens and wash clothes. He is reusing old pipes and buying new ones to extend the system's reach.

Buddha Land

Families living on Buddha Land (which Eyes to Burma leases) are learning to be responsible for their community by helping repair each other’s homes, tending their gardens, and eliminating litter. This is a major shift. As they focus their efforts to improve their living conditions, they become more self-sufficient and independent. This promotes a sense of pride and confidence within themselves, and connection within the community.

In the future, families may be asked to pay rent of 200 baht a month ($6.60 USD) in order to hire someone to help maintain community projects, e.g. electricity, trash clean up, and the water system. This step supports our primary goal of self-management and independence for the community.
Residents collect litter around Buddha Land and take it to the landfill.

All this is possible because of you! Your donations to Eyes to Burma are making a huge difference in the lives of people living on Buddha Land!

Local Burmese group brings donations to the community on Buddha Land outside the community center.

With Appreciation


Thank you for your interest and engagement with our projects. In these times when the world feels rife with insurmountable problems, Eyes to Burma proves that individuals like you can have a direct, positive impact on the lives of others.

It is thanks to your generosity that ETB has been able to expand its assistance for this community over the past 10 years. Knowing that so many people are aware of and support this work energizes Fred and buoys him each day. Again, our deepest thanks to everyone.
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