Messengers of Hope for the Flood Victims of Hpa-an

The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Myanmar had the opportunity to be bearers of hope and consolation to the flood victims of two villages in Hpa-an. Through the request of Bishop Justin Saw Min Thide of Hpa- An Diocese, three Sisters headed by Sr. Agatha Nant Myint Kyi were decided on reaching two villages namely, Hton Bo Quay and Nga Net Kwin which were badly hit by the seasonal monsoon rains.

Through the generous help of some friends from ACTS-Myanmar (Singapore) the three Sisters became the messenger of hope assuring the families affected by the seasonal monsoon that indeed, God cares for His people. The Sisters of St. Francis Xavier Sisters hosted the group and in the evening with the help of the community of SFX and some of the girls and boys the relief goods were prepared.

On August 12th, after attending the Sunday Mass, the group left bringing with them the relief items in two trucks and had to cross the river by small boats. Sr. Agatha, Sr. Nicholas and Sr. Margaret were able to reach the village of Hton Bo Quay where the villagers, 120 families, were awaiting for the arrival of the food supply and other basic necessities. The families who received the food supply which consisted of rice, oil, noodles, potatoes, onions, salt, beans, Milo packs for children, chicken seasoning, and detergent such as powder, bar soap and cream soap.

One of the ladies recounted that in the past 50 years they have never experienced such flooding which reached to 5 feet high level of water. It brought fear to them as the water from Don Tha Mit river was flowing very fast.

Unfortunately, because of the bad weather it was impossible for the group to go to the village of Nga-Net-Kwin Near where 116 families waited to receive their supply. However, the headman of village together with his collaborators was not prevented to take the supply of his people. Luckily, with the help of a small tricycle and boat the supplies were brought and distributed to  116 families.

The 236 recipients of the food supplies were filled with gratitude to all the donors, especially members of ACTS – Myanmar, who responded quickly to their plight

“To our dear friends from Singapore, members of ACTS-Myanmar we, the Salesians Sisters of Myanmar, gratefully acknowledge your generosity to our people who have been greatly affected by the flooding these past months. You rekindled the hope in their hearts giving them the certainty that God hears the cry of the poor. May God bless your intentions and your family.”

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