Friday, May 09, 2008

Anglican Relief and Development Fund accepting Myanmar cyclone donations

From the Anglican Communion Network [boldface mine]:

Update: The Province of Southeast Asia reports successfully making contact with Archbishop Stephen on May 7.

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund is accepting donations to pay for relief efforts after the cyclone that caused devastation in Myanmar May 3–4. Reports suggest more than 20,000 people were killed by the storm with thousands more still missing.

Yangon (Rangoon) was among the areas hard hit by the storm. “Since the cyclone came ashore, we have been unable to contact Archbishop Stephen Than Myint Oo or any other church leader in Yangon or elsewhere,” said Bishop Henry Scriven, who recently attended Archbishop Stephen’s consecration on behalf of the Network and the Common Cause Partnership.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Anglican Relief and Development Fund received a donation from Anglicans living on the border of Thailand and Myanmar to help the people of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. They gave out of what little they had when we were in need. I pray we show the same generosity to our brothers and sisters,” said Bishop Robert Duncan, moderator of the Anglican Communion Network.

Donations to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund will be collected and then passed on to the Anglican Province of Southeast Asia for distribution and oversight, said Canon Nancy Norton, executive director. Since its founding in 2004, the fund has been active in Myanmar on several occasions. In 2006, it supported an effort to provide health care to tens of thousands of people in the dioceses of Sittwe and Toungoo by training 110 health care workers.

Forward in Faith North America, whose members form a non-geographical convocation of the Network, work with the diocese of Pha-an, which is establishing village primary schools and developing a community learning program for adults using the school venues and equipment.

Forward in Faith is also helping to fund a tutoring program at the diocese of Hpa-an’s hostels, to assist Christian young people in attaining the qualifications they need in order to teach in the diocese’s schools.

Gifts for relief work in Myanmar may be sent to:

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund
PO Box 3830
Pittsburgh PA 15230

Please write “Myanmar Cyclone Relief” in the memo line. An online giving option will be available shortly at http://www.anglicanaid.net/.

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