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‘One More’ foundation wants US$ 1 a day to help the needy

New Delhi (Mizzima) – A Rangoon-based community service group is taking the Burmese poverty issue into its own hands by collecting one US dollar a month from donors to improve schools and help people struggling to survive.

The “One More” Foundation (OMF) calls for each person to donate 1,000 kyat (US$ 1.4) per month.

On Wednesday, the group donated 905,000 kyat (US$ 1,257) to a free school run by a nunnery in east Dagon Township in Rangoon, said foundation leader and writer Maung Thar Cho. The school has about 80 students.

The OMF group, led by writers, said the donated funds came from 905 individuals during August.
“The school building has a thatch roof and walls. The floor is made of bamboo and that could be dangerous for young children. We donated to this school so they can buy material to improve the structure,” said writer Maung Thar Cho.

In June, the OMF was formed under the leadership of Maung Thar Cho, cartoonist Awpekye and Pyi Thway Naign, the editor of Yanant Thit magazine. They modeled the group on the NGO One Foundation founded by Hollywood actor Jet Li. The motto of the foundation in Burma is “One person-one month-one thousand [kyat].”

Writer Maung Thar Cho said: “Some people want to help but they cannot afford much. So if we can collect one thousand per month from each person, we can provide assistance to needy people and organizations. We can give assistance to those who cannot pursue education, who cannot buy a meal, to destitute people and orphans to alleviate their sufferings to some extent.”

Hollywood actor Jet Li founded One Foundation in 2007 to provide assistance to natural disaster victims in China each year by collecting one US dollar or one Yuan from each individual.

OMF said it would donate funds collected from individuals across the country to charity schools and charity organizations that work in education, health, livelihood and the environment.

Maung Thar Cho said: “We will donate to groups that nurture and help others. They could be monastic schools, free schools run by a nunnery or natural disaster victims. We will donate to groups that shelter children living with HIV.”

Currently, the foundation has donation collection centres in Rangoon, Naypyitaw, Mandalay, Pyinoolwin, Pyi, Lashio, Kyaukpadaung and Hpa-an. More collection centres will open in Kentung in Shan State, Bilin in Mon State and Yeoo in Sagaing Region.
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