Language Sites
  • UCAN China
  • UCAN India
  • UCAN Indonesia
  • UCAN Vietnam

Buddhist monk helps priest open clinic

Religions unite to care for those most in need

Buddhist monk helps priest open clinic
A priest and two monks at the opening of the free clinic
Mark Chit, Mandalay

March 14, 2012

Mail This Article
(For more than one recipient, type addresses separated by commas)

A Catholic priest’s dream to open a free clinic for the needy in Mandalay has been realized thanks to the efforts of a Buddhist monk. Father John Aye Kyaw, parish priest of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Mandalay said it all came about after he told a Mandalay inter-faith group what he wanted to do. Venerable Seinnita, a Buddhist monk involved in many social projects, was at the meeting and immediately stepped forward and volunteered his services and the space to make the dream a reality. The monk who runs the Asia Light foundation, which carries out social activities such as disaster relief work and blood donation drives, said another monk from Mandalay set aside space for the clinic in his monastery where small-scale vendors live by the bank of the Irrawaddy. It opened its doors for the first time earlier this month and has 15 volunteer doctors and several nurses providing much needed care. A committee of 13 Buddhist volunteers manages the clinic. In the short time it has been open more than 300 patients have been treated. The priest put up the money (around US$7,400) to get the clinic up and running and will also continue to support the medicine expenses. Donors also contributed around $1,350 at the clinic’s opening, according to Khin Than Myint, a volunteer worker serving as the clinic’s accountant. “The clinic is a vital project for the local community and I am really proud that religions can come together to make this happen,” Venerable Seinnita said. “We need many more of these clinics not only in Mandalay but especially in rural areas.  Cooperation between religious leaders can play a key role in achieving this,” he added. Working together is an interesting experience, according to Fr Aye Kyaw. “The relationship between us will develop even further through this clinic, Venerable Seinnita and I already consider ourselves as brothers,” he said. All religions need to work with one spirit. "We all need to work and cooperate for all mankind without political intentions," he said.
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to receive UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters (You can select one or more)
Want more stories like this?
Sign up to UCAN Daily or Weekly newsletters
You can select one or more
First Cut
Morning Daily
(Morning Daily)
Full Bulletin
Afternoon Daily
(Afternoon Daily)