Mon 26, Jul 2021
Myanmar is on the brink of a major humanitarian catastrophe. It needs urgent help from us and the outside world now.
The combined impact of a third wave of COVID-19 now besieging the country and the change in the political situation on 1 February this year has been severely challenging the Myanmar people.
Like many other countries around the world, Myanmar has faced the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020. The first wave and the subsequent second wave in September 2020 were managed reasonably well, with COVID-19 care centres established in accessible locations.
But many of these centres, including clinics and hospitals, have now been closed.
Right now, people are dying in their homes, without access to essential medicines and facilities.
It is a common scene in the streets of Yangon and Mandalay to see long queues of people carrying oxygen cylinders for refilling, to use at home for family members who are sick with COVID-19. This has become a daily struggle for many.
Unofficial sources report that up to 80% of the population in the Yangon region may be infected with the virus.
There are also reports of significant numbers of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) lacking food and basic essentials. Many need food relief, as well as access to alternative livelihoods while there is uncertainty in the political situation.
ABM’s longstanding partner, the Church of the Province of Myanmar (CPM), is responding to the situation with plans for reinforcing COVID-19 prevention methods, providing vital information about home care for family members suffering from COVID-19, as well as oxygen tanks, medicine and food relief to those it can reach.
ABM is appealing for funds to send to CPM for this vital work. The church expects to reach up to 5,000 families.
Please remember Myanmar in your prayers.
And we urge you to support the Church in its efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian relief at this time of great need.
ABM aims to raise $30,000 for this appeal.
PRAYER FOR MYANMAR
We crave your mercy, Lord,
on all who are sick or hungry in Myanmar,
remembering especially our sisters and brothers
on the staff of the Church of the Province of Myanmar,
some of whom who have contracted Covid-19,
and others who do not have enough to eat.
Your Son came to bring fullness of life to all,
so we pray for lungs filled with oxygen,
and bellies filled with food,
so that the people's suffering may be relieved.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who with you and the Holy Spirit
lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Donations to this appeal are tax deductible.
Online: You can make an online donation to the ABM MYANMAR EMERGENCY APPEAL by clicking on the DONATE NOW button above.
Mail: you can enclose a cheque/money order (made out to the Anglican Board of Mission - Australia. Please include the campaign name ABM MYANMAR EMERGENCY APPEAL with your donation) and send it to:
Anglican Board of Mission – Australia
Locked Bag Q4005
Queen Victoria Building NSW 1230
Telephone: Sydney 02 9264 1021, Local Call 1300 302 663
Gifts/donations to ABM will be applied to the support of project selected. In the unlikely event of this emergency response project being oversubscribed or not proceeding to completion, donations will be directed to ABM's Global Emergency Rapid Response Fund or ABM’s Global Disaster Risk Reduction Fund. These funds are similar in that they enable ABM to provide timely relief during an emergency, and help ABM’s partners to be better able to respond to disasters when they occur.