When Cyclone Nargis made landfall on May 2, 2008, it took the lives of nearly 150,000 people, left two to three million people homeless, and caused approximately ten billion dollars in damage. In the year since the storm, hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of supplies have come to the Irrawaddy Delta from foreign governments, NGOs, the UN, and other sources. There has been extensive media coverage of the storm but very little attention has been paid to one of the largest groups affected by the storm: the Muslims who constitute an estimated ten to fifteen percent of the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
This is the third and final installation of a story from the field. Some of the best and brightest students in Myanmar take a fieldtrip to a school for the blind. Their reflections on the experience reveal that perceptions can change based on personal interactions.
This is part two in a three part story from the field. Guest author, Wesley Hedden, a teacher in Yangon, Myanmar, describes a field trip his students take to a school for the blind, where the blind students teach their sighted counterparts a lesson.
Guest author, Wesley Hedden writes about a service learning program in Mynamar and the profound interactions students had during one field trip to a school for the blind. Part One of Three.
Nish Bakshi writes about three organizations doing similar work in three different countries. If we introduced them to each other and nurtured them to address their issues on a regional or even global level, could we not dramatically improve the number of lives they touch so much more effectively?
Nish Bakshi writes about the Jaipur Foot Factory, an impressive organization that provides an ingeniously designed, low-cost prosthetic device for the disabled in India.