Friday, May 16, 2008

What's in their eyes?

"You'll live but you gotta lose your legs"

That is just one of the many tragic truths happening now following the devastating catastrophes of Myanmar Cyclone and China earthquake.

I looked at the pictures yesterday.
My eyes were still puffy when I woke up this morning.

My heart sank because for the first time, I stopped to really look beyond the pictures and read beyond the news. I have been receiving endless requests for interviews from the media for World Vision's response towards these two great disasters that wiped off thousands of lives. It made me really ponder how can I be so busy working that I don't feel anything until yesterday. Foolish right?

What's gonna happen to them?
Children without parents
Teenagers without education
Families without homes
People without basics for survival
No one, NO ONE, should die from preventable diseases like cholera or malaria or diarhea.

I can never understand the depth of these tragedies but for the first time, I plead with God to not allow the wipe off humankind like this anymore

Have you seen the pictures? Have you looked into eyes of these children and victims? What is hope to them? What's in their eyes?

In times like this, I salute World Vision's work, not because I'm part of this family but because I believe in its work. With 40 years of working relationship in Myanmar, World Vision was the first few NGOs to respond immediately without the difficulties of visas. I salute our staff working tirelessly on ground.


worldwindows said...

It's wonderful news that WV is doing what ASEAN and politicians can't do. It's the relationship I supposed. One of my friend from MERCY is there for a few days already. Yesterday, I was saddened while watching CNN where news anchor, Jim Clancy interviewed Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN. Jim was very aggressive demanding to know what ASEAN is doing to get the Myanmar government to throw open their doors given the urgency. While Pitsuwan is defending the use of tact and diplomacy. One is like the bull in the china shop while the other is pussy footing away (depending from which viewpoint).

But hearing from you I will declare that the winner is "relationships that build trust through time and commitment." Congratulations.

enn@j said...

Hi worldwindows,
On behalf of WV, thank you.

Yes relationships are very important to us because it is after all, the people who matters. Lives.

Tim Costello, from WV Australia visited myanmar on ground. Here, you can find out more at this site

If you are a in Malaysia and would like to be a volunteer with us, do drop me a line ya


enn@j said...

I always think its difficult for some politicians to truly help others because of a certain stand they have taken in order to be in the position of power.

It goes back to why in the first place, they wanted to be a politician..I guess.

worldwindows said...

I have quite some experience in Great Commission ministries and some in the Great Commandment side. However I passed the baton to my successor at the beginning of this year.

At the moment I am quite selective on projects as I am spending time learning and developing a numeracy education development business model here in Malaysia for Pre- to Primary Schoolers. This model has the for profit and non-profit side to make it's delivery sustainable when implemented in other communities. Hope to pilot it in Thailand and Indonesia in 2 years.

Besides I am also writing, studying and working in my local church. The only mid-term foreign project I am working on is in Mongolia. Off course WV has a big presence in Mongolia!

It's good news at least for the victims in Myanmar as aid should be moving in thick and fast now with agreements with western and Asean governments.

I will keep in touch. Do keep in touch if you have projects.