[Local events] Fwd: Benefit for Burma

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Tue May 27 20:41:58 PDT 2008


Raising awareness and funding for victims of the Burma Cyclone Disaster
Presented by the Burma Action Committee and Green Empowerment
Saturday, May 31st, 5:00 pm

The Monkey & The Rat
Old Town/Chinatown location
131 NW 2nd Street, (at NW Davis)
503-224-3849 www.monkeyandrat.com

Suggested Donation: $5 at the door. All funds benefit relief efforts for 
Burma cyclone victims.

Featuring Burmese dancers from the Portland community, a presentation by 
author and Burma activist Edith Mirante, an art exhibit and sale, and 
food and beverages.

Join the effort to help victims of the recent cyclone disaster in Burma, 
where tens of thousands of people have lost their lives, and many more 
are suffering from a lack of supplies, clean water and medical aid. Two 
activist groups based in Portland, the Burma Action Committee and Green 
Empowerment, will be hosting a fund-raising evening at the Monkey & the 
Rat, working with non-profits that will provide direct and on-the-ground 
aid to victims. Some of the beneficiaries include Thirst-Aid, which  has 
been working on safe water projects in  Burma, including education and 
setting up ceramic water filter factories; and a Burmese organization 
that implements grass-roots initiated projects in local communities and 
has been working since the tsunami of 2004 to reconstruct communities in 
the Irrawaddy Delta region. These organizations will put 100% of relief 
donations received towards direct aid, providing clean water, food, 
shelter and supplies for the cyclone victims. Green Empowerment, a local 
Portland non-profit organization, has established a special fund for the 
donations from this event.
Burma Action  Committee
Media Contact: Tara Horn 503-725-8130  BACportland at gmail.com.


Cyclone Nargis has inundated Burma's densely populated rice-growing 
Irrawaddy Delta, destroying entire towns and villages. Tens of thousands 
of people have been killed by the storm and as many as a million 
survivors are homeless. This disaster has been compounded by the 
regime's deliberate delay of international emergency assistance.

DONATIONS for disaster relief can be made via these organizations:

Global Health Access Program  (funding indigenous emergency teams 
currently providing aid)

Thirst-Aid (water purification is an urgent priority)

Medical Emergency Relief International (already bringing aid to the Delta)

Avaaz.org (special fund via Burma's Buddhist monks)

MercyCorps (experienced disaster relief experts with local partners)

US Campaign for Burma

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