MYANMAR, KALAY : Residents look on from a flood-inundated building in Kalay, upper Myanmar’s Sagaing region, on August 2, 2015. The toll from flash floods and landslides in Myanmar after days of torrential rain is likely to spike, the UN warned August 2, as monsoonal downpours brought misery to thousands across the region. AFP PHOTO / Ye Aung THU                        

MYANMAR NEEDS HELP

The country is almost a stranger to natural disaster so the current floods and landslides came kind of like a surprise to most of us. A lot of effort has been put into the relief efforts but it’s simply not enough. A lot of people (around tens of thousands) have lost their homes and are in need of shelter, food, and clean water. 

I felt guilty just looking at it from afar so I thought I could do something to help. I’ve set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise some money for the people back home. My father has agreed to help me with contacting the organizations that are involved in the relief efforts. It doesn’t matter how much you contribute, ANYTHING HELPS.

Please help spread the word about this. My country and my people need all the help it can get.

A Forest of Spires by James Charlick
Via Flickr:
Indein is one of the many small villages populating the bank of Inle Lake. A Buddha Image has been enshrined at a whitewashed pagoda on the summit of the hill above the village, and below this around the hill are hundreds of ancient crumbling stupas. This pagoda’s history is shrouded in mystery, indeed the locals themselves have no knowledge of its’ origin or history, and Myanmar historical records make no mention of its construction. One popular theory puts its beginnings at 200 – 300 BC but there’s no archaeological evidence to support that theory. The stupas vary in their degree of degradation, from complete or fully restored near the main temple at the summit to mounds of earth and small heaps of crumbled brick that formed the foundation of the structures towards the bottom of the hill. Once whitewashed sculpted render formed layered rings and an archway with brick structure beneath exposed at the foundation. Inside would once have been a buddha statue or relic of a special monk for the locals to worship, but many of these have been damaged or removed. <a href=“http://www.jamescharlick.com” rel=“nofollow”>website</a> | <a href=“http://www.etsy.com/shop/DerelictPhotography” rel=“nofollow”>etsy</a> | <a href=“http://500px.com/jamescharlick” rel=“nofollow”>500px</a> | <a href=“http://jamescharlick.tumblr.com/” rel=“nofollow”>tumblr</a> | <a href=“https://twitter.com/JCharlickcom” rel=“nofollow”>twitter</a>

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Myanmar is currently going through a flood crisis right now. 11 out of 14 states are heavily flooded due to the aftermath of cyclone komen and heavy monsoon rain. At least an estimated 150000 people are in grave danger and has been displaced from their homes. The citizens unaffected are doing all they can to help. But the government is keeping this underwraps so far due to the upcoming elections. All the international news outlets seems to care about is how Angelina Jolie is visiting Myanmar. I will not let this be like the last time in 2008 when cyclone nargis hit. I am trying to raise awareness on this issue.
PLEASE REBLOG.
I cannot begin to tell you how much it means if you do. This is not like back in ‘08 when I had to helplessly watch the happenings through TV. With no way to help. Not even means to raise awareness because I was in an Internet restricted country.


here are links for more information:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33750690
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-02/severe-flooding-in-myanmar-kills-27-hampers-rescue-effort/6665922
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/myanmar-declares-emergency-flooding-worsens-150801132441251.html

Here are links to ways you can help:
https://www.crowdrise.com/MyanmarFloodReliefDrive/fundraiser/myanmarfloodrelief1
https://www.tilt.com/tilts/save-myanmar-flood-victims

PLEASE REBLOG. Please.