The Pandaw Charity

????In my last appeal circular I said that we would load up with rice and medical supplies one Pandaw ship. In fact we sent out three ships: the KINDAT, the ZAWGYI and the KALAY. The first two are currently delivering aid to Irrawaddy villages in Middle Burma and the KALAY is right now up the Chindwin.

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?I cannot begin to describe the dedication with which our Pandaw crews have worked to help their own people. Many of our lads come from these river villages. They are working tirelessly to deliver food, essential supplies and medical attention to their own people.

From the attached photos, and if you click the link through to an online album, you will see just what you are doing. I am sure you will recognize a few familiar faces amongst the crew.

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?Each of the three ships has a Pandaw Clinics medical team on board headed by one of our doctors and supported by paramedics. Disease is now rife, not to mention injuries from traumas experienced.

The three ships will be free for another month till the cruising season begins so we can continue to deliver aid and medical care during this period. The flood levels have only slightly abated and if there are further periods of extreme rain in the hills to the north-east then the waters could come up again.

Once the flooding has gone there will be much to do. Five of the seven Pandaw clinics have been damaged and we are receiving reports of severe damage to a number of Pandaw schools. So we will need more money for reconstruction, not just of our projects but of infrastructure in general.

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?????The ship’s pursers report that they have met no other vessels delivering aid. As with Nargis in 2008 Pandaw were the first in due to our local knowledge and ability to make quick decisions. As with Nargis we can only do this with your support so if you have not yet made a donation please do so now. You really are saving lives.

Finally, not one cent of your donation money has gone on any form of administration costs, expenses or other incidentals. 100% has been spent on food, life essentials and medications. The Pandaw company has supplied fuel and crew food for the ships.

Thank you from the people of the Chindwin and Irrawaddy rivers!

Paul Strachan
Founder – Pandaw Charity.

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