A Note from Klo Say about Ler Por Hur
I just would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a little fund raising project organized by Ler Por Hur (War –affected and Internally Displaced Karen’s Community School). Ler Por Hur is an internally displaced area located in Burma.
With the fall of the Karen Headquarters many refugees in remote areas fled to refugee camps in Thailand. For some Karen people who lived in an inaccessible mountainous region it was hard for them to make a trip to the refugee camp. They had to stay in uncertain and precarious situations. If the enemy came to their villages they fled into the deeper forest or more remote areas which they considered safe. If they didn’t flee they could get caught, might be tortured, asked to do forced labor, raped, killed and their villages burnt down into ashes. If the situation was seriously deteriorating they might have to move two to three times within a year. Living in such unstable remote, outlying areas they have no proper access to health care, education, and other humanitarian services.
Ler Por Hur is a War-affected and Internally Displaced Karen’s Community School. The school has children from its own area and also school kids from other displaced areas who come to study there as well. Even though living under harsh condition those kids love to go to school so much. They also love God and they even built a small worshiping place where they regularly meet, especially on Sunday. The parents are very supportive for their kids’ education. They try everything they can to send their kids to school. Apparently the parents are very poor. As a matter of fact their livelihood, their self-sufficient way of living have been disturbed and distorted by the Burmese army for years in various ways. As a result they become impoverished and deprived of everything.
Before I came into the United States I had a discussion with the Ler Por Hur’s principal about doing something for those destitute school kids. We came up with an idea of a fund raising project for those kids. As a fund raising project we produced calendar and postcards. The pictures on the calendar and postcards portray real life situation in the internally displaced area. Most of the paintings and pictures are contributed by me and I thank God so much for giving me a little talent to use for the benefit of my people and for the glorification of his name. The money we get from the sale of postcards will solely be used to buy books, pens, candle light, and food necessities for those kids.
I have some calendar and postcards sent to me by Ler Por Hur’s principal. Right now I have several 2008 calendars and about some sets of postcards that are awaiting for you.
So I would like share this opportunity with you to support our fund raising project by extending your generous support and sharing the blessing of God with those needy kids. We pray that God will always smile on you when he sees you helping his needy children. We are happy, as well as God, when we make someone happy. Please pass the information of this fund raising project to your friends and neighbors so that they can also share the blessing of God to those kids.
If you have any question about anything please feel free to ask me.
[This school is led by a close relative of several of our Burmese parishioners. Contact Klo Say for more information].