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Mr. Book in Hsipaw

Mr. Book is a well known bookseller and a local source of information and assistance. He was born in Hsipaw and knows everyone and all of the local area. He is a teacher in the true sense and clearly cares about those in need. He also works as a direct assistance provider for poor families in the area. Someone in a guest house told us that he helps out local families and we approached him yesterday and told him what we intended to donate. With the 50,000 kyat donation (approx. $55), he told us that we can assist 5 families to eat for 20-28 days. Mr. Book told us to come back at 8 AM and we would go to the market to purchase the food and venture out to give it to poor families in need. That evening he would go out and identify the families most in need of the donations.

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We showed up at 8:15 or so this morning and he and a friend accompanied us to the market pushing their bikes equipped with basket on the front. I couldn’t imagine how we were going to put 35 kilos of rice, 5 large bags of local vegetables and noodles and 5 bottles of peanut oil on the bikes, but of course they had it worked out. We pushed the bikes loaded with the goods and visited the families in need. It was really amazing how gracious people were opening their homes to us and allowing us to snap a few photos with them as we left a donation and carried on.

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If you would like to help out poor families in the Hsipaw area, please talk to Mr. Book. The assistance that he facilitates is direct. Everything goes to people in need, without any overhead costs involved. Mr. Book can also facilitate purchase and donation of school materials for more isolated villages. (A great way to see a more remote area) A woman who accompanied us this morning had brought baby clothes from Denmark and as they are very hard to acquire here, they were much appreciated as well. He will find a way to use whatever you can do or give to help to benefit others. As an added bonus it is a real pleasure and learning experience to talk with Mr. Book. Also, please consider donating as a way to see the local area and visit a local family in their home. 20,000 kyat that you would otherwise use for a trekking guide could be used to feed a few families, and Mr. Book, a friend of his, or a student he knows will accompany you to deliver the donation.

Posted by mjschrum 02:21 Archived in Myanmar Tagged lights of village book festival buddhist myanmar shrine shan nat worship mr. burmese protection hsipaw lent thadingyut

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Great photos and narrative ~~ enjoyed the tour from my recliner ~~ thanks for sharing.

by Vickie Huntington

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