Decorate your home for a good cause
THE phrase thway thit means “new blood”, but for the founders of Better Burmese Health Care, it means much more – namely, the new generation of young leader physicians.
On November 19, the non-profit organisation will host an art exhibition and raffle to raise money for that new generation, with proceeds going to directly benefit BBHC and their sister Thway Thit organisation of local doctors in their efforts to provide affordable healthcare to communities in need.
According to the group’s 2016 report, nearly 9000 patient visits were recorded in 2015, all to clinics that BBHC has launched in a fight to battle diabetes and hypertension. BBHC also incorporates group education about proper diet, physical education, mindfulness and well-being.
“Our aim is to empower not only the physicians but also the patients by helping them realise the need to take charge of their own health through our various activities,” said BBHC founder Jalin Sama, a doctor in the US who stated the organisation more than 10 years ago.
Along with her husband Robert Berg, Sama has curated a selection of art from talented Myanmar painters such as Zwe Yan Naing, Zaw Win Pe and Nay Aung Shu. Last year, the pair held a similar fundraiser that proffered painted parasols instead of traditional canvas, but this year’s event will feature more traditional pieces.
“Art on canvas commands a high price, as parasols are still considered crafts and are not quite as durable,” Berg said, adding that patrons might also be enticed by an extensive list of raffle prizes.
For K5000 per ticket, buyers could win the grand prize: one week in a Tuscan villa that accommodates up to 14 people in Tuscany, Italy. Lesser prizes seem hardly less, including a handcrafted guitar from local luthier Ko Cho; golf equipment; stays at hotels in Ngapali and Ngwe Saung; massages from local spas; and free dinners at established Yangon restaurants.
Each donation goes far in the world of Myanmar healthcare, where a month’s supply of diabetes medications costs just K10,000 and the daily salary of a senior BBHC doctor is K23,000.
“We need help from everyone for our success to continue,” Sama said. “We want the Myanmar community to believe in our vision as passionately as we do.”
Other draws to the event include live music and juggling. The exhibition kicks off at 11am at the Indonesia embassy’s Cultural Center, and more information can be found at the Art for Health Facebook page.
This painting, entitled “Travellers” by Nay Aung Shu, is one of many on exhibition at the Indonesian embassy’s Cultural Center on November 19. The exhibition is a fundraiser for local non-profit Better Burmese Health Care.