Narinjara News, 11 November 2014:
International Rotary Club in Taiwan has donated 800 solar lamps to the poor students of Arakan and a consignment of those items has arrived in Rangoon (Yangon) on November 7 last.
The solar lamps would be donated to poor students from Yathedaung, Mrouk Oo, Minbya and Sittwe townships on December 31, informed Alodaw Pyi monk, who is preaching Dhama inside and outside Burma (Myanmar).
The Taiwan based Rotary Club agreed to donate these lamps following a proposal from Dr Saw Mra Aung, the former president of Arakan League for Democracy and the Arakan National Social Rescue Association, Yangon.
The selected beneficiaries are residents of rural Arakan, where there is no access to electricity. The students are expected to use these solar lamps instead of candles or petrol/kerosene lamps for study purposes.
The solar lamps, which are re-chargeable in daytime, are also Eco-friendly in nature as those never emit carbon.
“Under the doctrine of Alodaw Pyi monk, we planned to send those (solar lamps) for the poor students of Arakan,” said U Kyaw Aye Maung, secretary of Arakan National Social Rescue Association.
He also added that around 50 doctors from America, New Zeeland, Taiwan and Hong Kong would arrive in Rangoon in the last week of December for a free medical check-up and treatment in Arakan, during which the solar lamps would be distributed among the beneficiaries there.