Building a safe (shu) home for Myanmar refugees

Building a safe (shu) home for Myanmar refugees

IDP refers to the fact that, for political or war reasons, the country in which it lives is a country that flows around and lives in a state of uncertainty. That's what we often talk about as displaced people.

Myanmar has produced a lot of IDP over the past 60 years because of the occasional civil war. In order to escape the harm of war, these IPPs often flee to safer places to seek refuge.

Near Kokang Street in Myanmar, there is a refugee camp, which is dedicated to hosting IDP. The camp has been in place since 2008. According to all Arise Shine, a local evangelical worker, the refugees now live in a large, wealthy family. Just a range of the rich, now even in a dense and dense home more than 170 households, the degree of crowding can be imagined.

Most of these IDPs escaped from the mountains. At that time, some fled to Lower Burma, some fled to the Chinese border, and some fled to this place. Although the war had been temporarily calmed down, they were afraid to go back to their hometownon on the mountain. Because living in the mountains, the rebels often go to "capture soldiers".

Because the Kokang region is not far from China, these refugees have previously gone to China to work, but in recent years border controls have become more stringent, and they have also lost the opportunity to earn a living.

For the IDP, who have lived in the camps for years, what they want most is for the government to be able to divide up a plot of land to build their own houses. If you look at the houses in these refugee camps in the picture, you know why they have this desire.

But this desire is not what everyone can do. Some people live for many years can not share a piece of land, some people did not come long, even draw the lottery. People who don't draw the land, can only live in the camp, and wait.

For those who draw land, building their own house is another challenge. Because originally lived in the mountains on the poverty, cang huang fled to the mountain, is nothing.

Some people have accumulated a little money for years of work, and with borrowing from others, they are finally able to build their own house. Gradually, a new settlement formed next to the camp, all of which were newly built houses for refugees. But not everyone can do so well.

We reacted to me a while ago by the audanois evangelical workers, who now have 14 families in the camp, drawn the land, but were unable to build houses. Ask me if I can help. This thing makes me very embarrassed and heavy.

We built houses in another place with confidence at the end of last year, and now we've got these 14 families, all thinking big. Helping these displaced refugees, is already one of the emerging visions. Just how to help, must have intelligence.

After i learned more about the situation, if you want to help 14 families build a house at a time, obviously our finances will be dragged down. So we adopted a strategy that both helps them build a house, but also allows the financial burden to be spread over a long period of time.

First, we have refugee families themselves to bear about half the cost. Our philosophy is that refugees must find a way to contribute part of it. So they will know the hard work of the process, will also be more treasured.

Second, we want them to come one by one. They decide who's house to build first, and others who haven't built it to help them build it. Such a mutual aid to complete, you can save a lot of labor costs.

Third, we subsidize the money given to each household, in three payments. When the first payment is exported, we have a photo certificate, see the building materials they buy, and reasonable engineering progress, and then we slowly remitted the second, with the third payment.

I want every family owner who wants to build a house, stand on the land they have divided, and take a picture to let me know the actual position. I also want our evangelical workers to hear their confirmation in person, before construction, they can pool the other half of the money to ensure that the whole project can be completed.

To avoid possible abuses and waste, our other rule is that if one household can't finish, then the subsidy for other families will stop. As you can imagine, many people will certainly help them. Otherwise the families who want to build a house behind are affected and losing money.

We are glad that our decision is not alone. After I shared it with another charity and gospel organization, their immediate generosity was to help build two refugee families, which really eased our burden.

Construction of the first home will begin next Monday. We want to bless the families who have lived in the refugee camps for many years, to have their own houses early, and to give the family a safe place . Let us bless them again, and the days ahead are getting better and better, as the Bible says, and the sad days are over.