THE SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PROGRAMME
It is estimated that 40% of the victims of cyclone Nargis, the cyclone that struck Burma with devastating effects in early May, are children of whom an estimated 4,500 have been orphaned.
Without help and support, these children face a bleak future. They are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. They could easily fall prey to human traffickers, end up in the commercial sex industry, become victims of substance abuse, or be recruited as child soldiers.
Several monasteries in Burma have undertaken to care for these children. Some of them have already moved into monasteries where they are being provided with shelter and care, food, clothing, and education. They are being looked after by monks and nuns with assistance from lay supporters and other members of the community.
The task of taking care of 4,500 children is, as you can imagine, immense.
To assist, the Sangha Metta Project in collaboration with the Burma based Phaung Daw Oo Foundation has established the "Spiritual Adoption” programme.
Under this programme we are asking you who have children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews who are at school, or you who have links with schools, to encourage the school to set up a photographic exhibition showing the impacts of the cyclone, and the children who have been orphaned or affected and, in spirit, adopt a child, some children, a class or a school.
Sangha Metta Project