14 Kilos of Rice per month for 7 people!
Dee Rah told us through a translator that at the refugee camp they received 14 kilos (31 lbs) of rice per month. He said that at the end of the month they had just enough for each of the five children to have a little and they as parents did not eat. I mention this not to disparage the efforts of Thailand and the United Nations but to focus on the desperation these families felt just before coming to our country.
They have been with us for a week and have easily gone through 10 lbs of rice greatly supplemented with chicken, beef, pork, eggs, fruits, and various vegetables. Out of habit, at the beginning of each meal, Dee Ray will carefully apportion the rice to each of his children around the table, before serving himself and his wife.
Our grandson Gideon was over and when Kay told them he was two years old the mother exclaimed and told her husband about it. Their little Soe Reh (click on his recent guest post) looks like a 12 month old American. He is a little miracle baby, born 2 1/2 months premature. His parents mentioned that one of his legs is shorter than the other.
When Burmese families arrive it takes 7-12 days for them to get emergency food stamps. We need to assist World Relief with feeding these families. I would like to purpose to provide a 50 lb bag of rice for Burmese arriving families so that they can relax and know it will be okay, we’re in America. We can get this rice at Sam’s Club for $16.88 a bag. If you want to join me I would encourage you who buy the rice to also commit to help deliver it to the family.