May 8, 2008
Dear Friends of Myanmar,
In response to the devastating effects of cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the Community Development and Civic Empowerment Program of Chiang Mai University is currently collecting donations for the newly established CDCE Nargis Disaster Relief Fund.
CDCE supports the bottom-up process of civil society development in Myanmar by offering capacity building trainings to community workers and local NGO professionals from across the country. Over the past two years, the program has developed a growing network of committed development workers and has established strong ties with local community organizations and NGOs. It is this community that CDCE will now closely work with in order to bring aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
At the moment, with many international aid organizations immobilized by the wait for visas, supporting the grassroots groups that are already on the ground is critical. CDCE will deliver funds (and possibly goods such as Oral Rehydration Salts and water purifying tablets) directly to the hands of local community organizations that are already providing relief in the affected areas. These organizations have been working in the affected regions for many years and know very well the current needs of these communities. With great attention given to transparency and accountability, CDCE will ensure that donations to the Fund will go to the most effective and responsible aid efforts.
CDCE is also connecting with its alumni in the country, over eighty men and women, to organize a coordinated response to the disaster. Alumni are already sharing information with others not in the affected regions, collecting donations and volunteering their time to help. CDCE has made plans to send program staff into Myanmar to oversee and expand this initiative.
How can you support the CDCE: Nargis Relief Fund?
At the present moment, CDCE is accepting only cash donations.
1. Transfer money to our special disaster relief bank account.
Bank: Krung Thai Bank
Branch: Chiang Mai University
Account Name: CDCE: Nargis Disaster Relief Fund
Account Number: 456-0-04544-5
Swift Code: KRTHTHBK
Branch Phone Number: 053-223191
2. Send a check made out to “CDCE: Nargis Disaster Relief Fund” to:
Community Development & Civic Empowerment Program
Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
3. Bring cash or check in person to our office at Chiang Mai University. We are located in the International Building of the Faculty of Social Sciences. We are located on the second floor, at the end of the hallway, past the RCSD study room and Social Development Graduate Common Room. We are open from 9 am to 5 pm excluding holidays.
If you would like more information about CDCE and its relief efforts please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or by phone at 053 – 226697 during the day and 083- 2062299 on evenings and weekends.
Thank you for your support,
CDCE Program Staff