Enote 13 – Paw Lu LuNovember 23, 2004
Liz and I had scheduled a busy trip to Boston to meet with persons at World Education, and to give some talks over the weekend of November 7-8. Unfortunately I suffered a small stroke on Thursday November 4. Just enough to cancel the whole trip. Very frustrating. That did not stop us from the following weekend when we took at trip to St. Louis for a family gathering. I was able to get away for a short time from family affairs, and meet with Trustee Dianne Becker, and a donor who has taken a close interest in our work. We had a very good lunch, and I was happy, as always, to talk about my favorite subject, the difficult circumstances of the Burmese refugees.
Do you help Burmese refugees who have immigrated to the United States?
No, we do not. When the Foundation was started we settled on certain principles to guide our funding decisions. We decided to help educate persons only in Asia for three reasons. Education in the United States is very expensive as compared with education in Asia. A long and difficult adjustment period is needed for anyone coming from a primitive society to the United States, and this necessarily takes time away from their studies. Finally, many persons who do come here to receive education, never return to their people and thus deprive them of their knowledge. (We have occasionally helped refugees in this country as a personal matter, but not through the Foundation.)
Do you assist refugees with graduate study?
No, we do not. The needs for education are immense; we simply cannot meet all of them, and we decided that it would be more valuable to educate two persons through the baccalaureate rather than one through the doctorate. However our policy in this regard is under review and subject to change.
Notice: We are very happy to announce that we have received an anonymous gift of twenty thousand dollars to our Endowment Fund. With last year's contribution this brings our endowment to over forty thousand dollars. Gifts to our endowment are particularly important because they insure the current stability of the Foundation, and provide for its future
Meet Paw Lu Lu
For a small, remote village near Three Pagodas Pass, Huay Malai has a couple of notable institutions to its credit: The Kwai River Christian Hospital, established in 1960 to serve the local people and to do research on tropical diseases, and Paw Lu Lu's Safe House. Several years ago Paw Lu Lu created a place for refugees, who were so disabled by the war that they could not care for themselves. She provided care and a safe place to stay. Food is provided by the Burma Border Consortium, the same group that provides for the refugees in camps along the border.
Paw Lu Lu introduced us to schools at Bee Law Khee, and Htee Ler Klay. The former, also know as the River Kwai school, was visited by us and the Terrill's last year, and was featured in our last Newsletter. Htee Ler Klay is a some what smaller school near Sangklaburi. Liz is shown here in that school talking with Paw Lu Lu.
Visited a donor in St. Louis, November 19, and reported on the activities of the Foundation.
Preparations for the next visit to Asia, departing January 10, returning March 21, our fourteenth.
Working on the December Newsletter.
Planning a meeting of the Leadership Advisory Council.
Continuing contacts with our supporters in the West and students in Asia.
Our heart-felt thanks to all of you who have done so much to help our work with the refugees. We are currently making arrangements for those wishing to visit us during this trip to Thailand. Please write us with any questions or comments, and especially if you are interested in visiting us. We will be happy to respond.
Tom & Liz