Paletwa organization to provide social welfare services
12 January 2013: The Paletwa Social Welfare Organization, a community-based body formed last month, said it would make efforts in providing services and assistance to people in need in Paletwa Township, Chin State.
According to an agreement at a public meeting held on 29 December 2012 with about 175 people, the new organization will give necessary help to families as well as individuals regardless of religious, political and social backgrounds.
The organization does not represent any particular parties or sectors but will serve the public facing difficulties, the agreement said.
Chin communities in Paletwa Township voiced their living conditions have increasingly worsened in recent months due to various factors including violence in its bordering state of Rakhine affecting local trades, low yields of harvest, and no improvement of decades-long inaccessibility problems by roads.
A staff member of the Paletwa General Hospital said: “We believe that the organization will work to help those patients from remote villages who cannot afford to come to hospital or to buy medical supplies.”
Contribution at the meeting by participants including Chin MPs, members of USDP (Union Solidarity and Development Party), religious and community leaders and individuals reached up to 2,400,000 kyats, according to the Khumi Media Group.
A government-backed USDP party made a separate donation of 1,000,000 kyats for the organization.
Committee of the Paletwa Social Welfare Organization is comprised of leaders from political parties, churches of different denominations, representatives from each ward in the town, and government employees.
Reporting by Peter Lawilu with Thawng Zel Thang