May 28 7:00 PM - This message just came in from Phil Gardner, PIP Project coordinator in Yangon. PIP will be continuing to work in the disaster areas for several months as we have done in other areas hit by disasters.
"Sandra (Bible correspondence course student) met me here at the Hotel in Yangon for 1 hour this afternoon. You have probably concluded that she will be a valuable resource. I concur. She and some friends have already purchased food and clothing to take to villagers about 3 hours from Yangon. They used a friends truck. She also knows of others who have tried to do the same farther down in the delta but there are two problems: (1) they must hire a boat (2) Some were arrested - not sure of the reason considering that according to Sandra the gov't says all restrictions have been removed. Sandra and I are planning to go to the UN meeting at Traders (Hotel) tomorrow to gain a better understanding of what we can reasonably do in the short term. It is here that contacts are made with others working in the disaster area and often large amounts of commodities are given to those like us who can distribute them.
Apparently Sandra will be available as much as we need her because she does not have a full-time job and, as you said, she wants to help. I mentioned that I would cover all expenses and that we would pay her. She said that she does not expect to be paid. She just wants to help the poor villagers."I thought passing on the information we get from Cambodia about the Myanmar worrk would be interesting. Phil also was in Cambodia not long ago teaching in the English program. Bill is joining him but will not stay long since needed on the Ship. gail