This past year has been an extremely difficult year for the world with the COVID pandemic and particularly difficult for Myanmar since the coup of February 2021. The in-person donations we normally do in December/January had to be postponed due to COVID restrictions and with the banking crisis following the coup, it became almost impossible to get the funds to Myanmar.
The U Nay Win Sunshine Memorial Fund donations have unfortunately been delayed, as with essential donations to parahita schools and other donations in Myanmar. We are determined to make up for this when the situation improves. In spite of all these challenges, we did manage to continue our donations here in the UK, and also make a few donations in Myanmar including to Abidhamma Yatnar Covid-19 Medical Centre in Bahan for Daw Tin Ohn Myint in November 2020 and working through Sayadaw U Gandhamala, we were able to donate to the Mingun water project and much needed oxygen supplies to help COVID patients in Myanmar. We also succeeded to send funds to start the essential monastery and meditation caves repair work on Taungtha mountain with the help of BEST trustee U Aung Kyaw Johnson Moe.
To mark the 19th Anniversary of BEST, we were able to make a special HTI donation for the Ghandhara Pagoda in Sagaing earlier in the year and I would like to thank Dr. Ko Ko, Daw Molly Ko and U Thura Ko for their help in this unique opportunity for a HTI donation. We say farewell and pray for much loved Daw Amy Khaing and Daw Tin Tin San (Rose) who always helped and attended BEST annual gatherings as well as other friends and family who have departed us. We also pray for peace and wellbeing of everyone in our beautiful country and beyond. Thank you all for your continued support and resilience in a difficult year. Stay strong and loving kindness to you all.
Daw Khin Win Mya
Working with Tipitaka Sayadaw U Gandhamala, donating much needed oxygen for COVID patients