Responsible TourismTravel businesses step up support as anti-coup protestors' fight for democracy reaches two-month mark.

Helping hand for Myanmar's people

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Exploration Travel sent out an email circular to the industry this week, sharing ways to donate to Myanmar's causes, and its support towards keeping people "mentally fit".
Exploration Travel sent out an email circular to the industry this week, sharing ways to donate to Myanmar's causes, and its support towards keeping people "mentally fit". Photo Credit: Exploration Travel

As turmoil continues Myanmar's coup d’etat saw its bloodiest day so far on 14 March, Sunday, with 39 casualties reported following civilian clashes with security forces.

As weeks of demonstrations and deadly crackdown roil Myanmar following the 1 February military coup, more travel companies have come to the people's aid.

The Pandaw Clinics is one of them. First set up in the wake of Cyclone Nargis in 2008, its seven locations treated some 5,000 patients monthly and dispensed medication without charge.

Now, the cruise operator's medical teams are back on the ground assisting the injured and "all striking government workers" within the Middle Burma towns and villages. As the situation escalates, the group is appealing for help to "buy urgently needed medical supplies".

"Our doctors are out with the demonstrators and ready to assist. Only yesterday they attended to a sixteen-year old boy shot with a live round in his face at Pagan [Bagan]," said a statement on its home page. To donate to The Pandaw Clinics, click here.

In an email circular sent to the industry, managing director of Exploration Travel, Edwin Briels, shared the above donation links, updated the situation on ground as-is, and his belief that "better things will come out of it for Myanmar".

The travel outfit is helping to keep people "mentally fit" by way of its sister company, Counselling Corner, which is currently "giving free workshops and basic counselling skills training to people from the movement besides other paid workshops, private counselling and training different companies and organisations.

"Just like everybody in the country at the moment, we are trying to support the movement," he said.

Amid this trying time, local volunteers including from the tourism sector have been dispensing free water, energy drinks, fruits, snacks and lunch boxes, while volunteer medical aid personal and ambulances trail big groups to provide medical assistance if needed.

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