Now that the Burma Relief fundraiser is behind us, spent a full day organizing the office. (Looked like a monsoon had rolled through!) Now it’s nice and neat and ready for our next major task. I put a few hours into cleaning out our gmail account. I used up all 7631 MB of memory, so I trashed a lot of attachments. Now it too is nice and neat and ready for more action. Then I focused on beefing up our database. It’s a numbers game, so I need to throw as much as possible at the proverbial wall, hoping something sticks.
Worked on posting all the media coverage, artwork and video from our benefit to burmarelief.org. Want to make some noise and get U.S. college students involved to create a major movement just like they did with Darfur. Our humanitarian mission needs more humans on board!
These days, hitting people up for donations is harder than pulling teeth, but I’ll persevere. We have another kids’ dorm to build in Maesot, Thailand, on Burma’s border. This time, however, we have to include “appropriate” rooms for Westerners who volunteer to teach English. Thousands of Westerners are already working in the region, but volunteers at the New Blood Migrant School in Maesot must shower outdoors; scooping water from a cistern and pouring it over their heads. Us Western folks are spoiled. We demand real showers. The only way to attract and keep English-speaking teachers there is to provide a room with running water, not like the basic barracks we built for the girls. We’ve learned that we now have to add some of the comforts of home, which is tough with limited funds.
I emailed Boonchai in Bangkok, the owner of a great motel in Maesot (Irawadee Resort), asking him to hook us up with his Thai contractor. Also contacted my cousin in Atlanta, an architect who can help me plan and draw up a two-level, 3,000 sq ft boys’ dormitory, teachers’ showers included.
Going on hiatus for a week to deal with personal matters. I’ll be back to focus on getting that boys’ dorm built asap.
As always, our thoughts are with a true builder of Burmese democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.