Nargis Diary – Postcards from the Delta # 3ThuJune 12th , 2008 Dear Friend, Hay Mann Tha ZinThe Faces and the Hands at Kan Seik VillageThe FamiliesThe ChildrenThey are we … (Photo at Bokalay, Kan Seik Village, MoeMaKa)
Nargis Diary – Postcards from the Delta # 2ThuJune 11th , 2008 Dear Friend, Hay Mann Tha ZinHow many time a child smilesUnder such tiring and saddened days …When he receives extra clothes from charity people … (Photo at Bokalay,…
Nargis Diary – Postcards from the DeltaThu June 10th, 2008 Dear Hay Mann Thazin Schools are now open in Delta With the survived students and survived schools But … No Schools No Students and still, the schools…
Date – 8th June 2008
Subject – Burmese Helping Burmese Fund, Statement 10/2008
Dear All Burmese Helping Burmese Donors and Volunteer Contributors
Thanks for your continuous support on Burmese Helping Burmese Fund to help and support the Burmese refugees hit hard by the Nargis Storm and also towards the Burmese, Monks, political prisoners and their families struggling for freedom and democracy with peaceful means inside Burma.
For the month of May 2008, we have contributed so far as follows
1. From Burmese Helping Burmese Donors – US$ 1100.00
2. From various Donor Organizations towards Nargis Relief Works inside Burma – US$ 30,000.00
Total Donation received – 31,100.00 US$
We have contributed our charity through the following volunteers group inside Burma
Dated – 10th May 10, 2008
Burmese Helping Burmese – Statement 9/2008
Dear All Burmese Helping Burmese Donors
We will have to change our name to – “Burmese Saving Burmese” under the watchful, brutal and ignorant eye of Burmese junta. We have to tell the whole world to urge – “Please save Burmese from the Disasters of the Storm and the Regime”.
As we have reported previously we have reserved US$ 2000.00 for the Storm and after May 6th, we made contact with our “Burmese Helping Burmese” team back in Rangoon and they are up and running again helping storm victims as much as they can.
We have so far from our sources, initiated and mobilized the total fund donation to help the Burmese Storm Victims in the affected area around Rangoon & Delta with US$ 8,000.00 already.
Please share the information that we need 3 level of support and donation drive to help save Burma.
from Spring 2008 Turning Wheel
Conversation with Sayadaw U Kovida
by Maia Duerr and Hozan Alan Senauke
Sayadaw U Kovida is a highly respected senior monk who was born in Burma 81 years ago. Although he now lives in exile in New York, he was once the patron of Ma Soe Yein monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist schools in Burma.
In 2001, Sayadaw visited the U.S. and stayed at the Sasana Joti Center, a New York monastery. Every year he went back to Burma, but since September 2007, he has not been able to return. Sayadaw is now the patron of Sasana Moli – the International Burmese Monks Organization – founded in October 2007. Sasana Moli (which translates to “crown jewel of the monastic community”) is an alliance of more than 50 monks from the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, Canada, and Malaysia.
On December 15, 2007, BPF staff members Alan Senauke and Maia Duerr had the honor of a private audience with Sayadaw at the Mettananda Vihara in Fremont, California. The day before, Sayadaw was awarded an honorary degree from the University of San Francisco on behalf of all Buddhist monks in Burma. We met on the second floor of the vihara, with several members of the Burmese community joining us. Sayadaw welcomed us with a bow and a warm smile, and sat in a chair near the altar of the Buddha beautifully decorated with food offerings. Maung Yit served as our translator.
The Three Sons of BurmaMaung Swan YiNov 21, 2007 When …..The soldiersGo backTo the barracks, The monksWill go backTo the monasteries, The studentsWill go backTo their studies, Then …. The white dovesAbove in the blue skyThey will sing and fly.…
August 30th, 2007
– The night hit hard with dark storm
The dark soaked in every corner
There in the dark came
The misery in stealth
And you …
I have longed for your smile .
– Under the dazzling search light
With the mystical might
There at the roof edge
Dangled and gone
Then run the scared wardens
From the side of hangman ward
Stirred by sight of yours
The Latest Joke (oops) Prayer from Burma
Kaung Kin Pyar
October 17, 2007
In Burma, among Burmese people, we have variety of prayers for our Buddhist religion. But in those tiring days, came a new kind of prayer for our true believers.
The story goes like this; while one of the renowned comedian (you know who …) was arrested for his participation in recent monks’ boycott to the Burmese junta, he was continuously harassed and interrogated by the army officers at the unknown location (you know where …).
Let us sing for Unsung Heroes
Breaths there the man with soul so dead,
who never hath enshrined his heart with the Dhamma(Buddha’s teachings),
who can spread goodwill and loving kindness all around?
The Works of MoeMaKa – Production Highlights
We have produced and distributed following publication, audio and video CD/DVD programs.
“Zarganar – Four Fruits and The Colorful Burmese Anyeint – DVD”, the DVD on the Burmese traditional and cultural show which was banned together with Zarganar, a well-known Burmese artist and comedian who openly criticized the ruling military junta.
“Remembering Poet Tin Moe – One Month Anniversary – Book”, for the one month anniversary of the passing of the poet in exile of Burma and Burmese, the presentation of articles and notes by his readers and his fellow writers and artist in memory of him collected at the funeral
“Remembering Poet Tin Moe – 6 Month Anniversary – Book”, the presentation of articles by U Thaung, U Win Pe, Maung Swan Yi, Mar Mar Aye and Moe Cho Thin on the reflection on their friend and family member, U Tin Moe. The book was published at the 6 month memorial literary talk event of Poet Tin Moe at the San Francisco in July 2007.
“Burma Saffron Revolution Remembered – DVD”, the presentation of music, audio, songs on the protests and the crackdowns of Burmese monks and the people at September 2007 in Burma compiled from the feeds and works contributed by the Burmese reporters and artists inside Burma.
“MoeMaKa 2006 Journals Annual Publication in PDF – CD”, the complete compilation of 12 issues of 2006 monthly publication of MoeMaKa in PDF format, complete reference in single CD.
“Burma Saffron Revolution Remembered – PDF – CD” – Compilation of photos by citizen journalists inside Burma on the news story and the time-line on the uprising and crackdown of 2007 August September Burma Saffron Revolution in CD or also available online.
Where is MoeMaKa – Current Situation
MoeMaKa has established and maintained as one and only community based station providing Burmese literature and audio/video archives run by Burmese volunteers and professionals among other Burmese Internet portals.
That is why within the year 2007, MoeMaKa has reached 2,000 subscriptions ( last year with 1,600 members) of its online free newsletter service.
It is now reaching a bandwidth of 80 GB a month from 8000 over unique Internet service provider (ISP) servers. Now it is hosting on 2 separate ISP web servers to balance the load of demands from the audience as some of the readers have to come out from inside Burma through firewall and proxy. We also have created MoeMaKa Blog on Google’s free blogger service to tunnel the audience as backup.
It is not only running with the individual volunteers but also with volunteer groups and organization from different location across the globe as to prove the positive effort of the strong networking function of MoeMaKa’s teamwork.
MoeMaKa’s Activity with Burmese Community – Highlights
We have reached significant recognition among the Burmese media professionals, Burmese artists and audience and following is the list that we considered ourselves some milestones;
2007 January – Funeral Service of great Burmese poet in exile, U Tin Moe. As U Tin Moe was also serving as voluntary advisor and contributor to MoeMaKa news group, the team had put all its effort on working with the family members of U Tin Moe to help host the memorial service of U Tin Moe with the audio, video and articles collection, presentation and distribution to the attending guest, readers and audience through online and publication.
MoeMaKa in-house serials programs and articles by following Burmese artists in exile such as Tin Moe, Maung Swan Yi, Mar Mar Aye, Po Than (Ludu), Kye Mon U Thaung and Win Pe.
Achievements – The Workload
Departments supporting MoeMaKa’s main operation have done following tasks;
Online Catalog Ordering System – http://shop.moemaka.com . Present and help distribute 300 over books, audio and video products (grown from 100 last year). Almost 50% of the catalogs offer free download or free distribution.
Online Library – http://moemaka.net/library / http://sites.google.com/site/moemaka2008 ) List and archive most of all the books, digital materials and references purchased with MoeMaKa’s fund and it is now reaching over 1000 records. You can download the PDF file from our website to look into the list of our books archive and also the books that are for sale too. http://moemaka.net/shop/redirect.php?action=banner&goto=3
Welcoming the Public Support & Charity
The differences between the MoeMaKa and the for-profit radio stations and publishing companies are as follows
1. MoeMaKa Multimedia is formed as volunteer news group to contribute towards community.