Buddhist Essential Support Trust (BEST)

Address

Buddhist Essential Support Trust (BEST)
105A St Stephan's Road
Hounslow
TW3 2BL
United Kingdom

ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITIES

With the donations received, the Buddhist Essential Support Trust (BEST) has carried out the following activities throughout Myanmar.


2012/2013



BEST received a total of 10,759GBP for the 2012-2013 donation round. All of this was donated to various monasteries and orphanages in need throughout Myanmar.



BEST Trustees at Theit Wa Chaung village orphanage
Dana to Ban Maw Sayadaw Gyi and five months at BEST Council member Daw San Nwe's house
BEST Trustees at Tharthana win saung monestary
Here follows a summary of donations made and photos from the 2012-2013 donation round:

15 December 2012: Kyeit Hla Ywa village (60 miles from Yangon) - Donation to parahita free school
16 December 2012: Kyaut Tan – Donation to Zabuoakshaung school for nuns
28 December 2012: Letpandan town, Donations to Payarngasu (5 pagodas), Aungsupanmahazeya Monastery
30 December 2012: Dana to Ban Maw Sayadaw Gyi and five months at BEST Council member Daw San Nwe's house.
16 January 2013: Taung Tha, Mandalay Division, Donations to Teit Thit and to Yelei Monasteries for repair and maintenance of school and prayer buildings.
25 January 2013, Pakauku, Donations to Maha Withuta Yama monastery benefitting over 500 monks.
3 February 2013: Yangon, Donation to Pali University
9 February 2013: Hmawbi, Donation to Payeityati school
10 February 2013: Moulmyein, Donation to Payeityati school
12 February 2013: Yangon, Donation for theTharmanaykyaw literature prize
16 February 2013: Donation to the Taw ywa Lay monastery for construction of Dana Hall
9 March 2013: Yangon, Donation to DhammaSeiti teaching hall for the construction of Dana Hall.


Taking guidance from and dana to
Sanghamahanaryaka President & Council Members
12 January 2012
2011/2012

Here follows a summary of donations made and photos from the 2011-2012 donation round.


26 December 2011, Myingyan, Donation of 9 frames for golden robes at Sandatawpyei (wish come true) pagoda, in memory of Tipitaka Sayadaw U Wiseitta
12 January 2012, Yangon – Donation and dana to Sanghamahanaryaka President & Council Members and taking guidance from Sanghamaharnaryaka President
18 January 2012, North Oakalapa - Donation of education materials for over one thousand pupils at Dhammamaydini, parahita free school
20 January 2012, Kyaut Tan – Donation to Zabuoakshaung school for nuns
21 January 2012, East Yangon, Donation, dana and books to Payarphyu monastery
22 January 2012, Aryon (dawn) dana and yesetcha (sharing of merits) to Sitagu monastery


sharing of merits at Dhammamaydini
Zabuoakshaung nunnery
sharing of merits at Payarphyu monastery
Dawn Dana to Sitagu Sayadaw
sharing of merits at Sitagu monastery
Dhammalinkara monastery
18 February 2012, Pegu, Donation to Dhammalinkaratharmanaykyaw school for novices
19 February 2012, Shwe Pyi Thar, Dana and donation including trees to provide shade at Yadanapankon monastery
4 March 2012, Yangon, Dana and donation of books to Ponnyakusala Association and U Gandhamarlarlinkara at Sagawar road monastery
17 March 2012, Letpandan town, Donations to Payarngasu (5 pagodas), Aungsupanmahazeya Monastery


offering dana to novices
novices having lunch
sharing of merits at Letpandan
BEST members after donation at Letpandan
BEST president explaining BEST's activities
Audience listening to Professor Taylor's speech at North Oakalapa
2011

Inauguration of Sima (Buddhist ordination building), Nan Myint village near Myingyan

Dana (including dana for four essentials) at Thar Ma Nay Kyaw monastery, Pegu (200 monks)


In front of the newly inaugurated Sima, BEST President U Nay Win (centre), Daw Khin Win Mya (right) and Daw Ain Kyi (left)
Donation to Givita Dana Sanga Hospital

2010
Reconstruction of Sima (ordination hall) Nan Myint village near Myingyan




2009


Kathina Ceremony for 250 monks at Maha Wi Ha Ya monastery, Hmaw Bi

Donation to the Mingalar PARAHITA orphanage, Payakyi village (1000 orphans)

Construction of school at Tey Zar Ya Ma Monastery, Shwe Pyi Thar

Donation to Myaing Tha Yar “Zabu-Oak-Shaung" – nunnery school for the underprivileged, Kyawt Tan town

Donation to orphanage school at Theit Wa village, Let Pan Tan division





Donation to Free Education Institution, North Oakalapa, Yangon



2008

In May 2008, lower Myanmar was ravaged by cyclone Nargis, the worst cyclone in its history. It left over 138,000 people dead or missing, and many thousands of families destitute. The monasteries in the affected areas were in the frontline of disaster relief and reconstruction efforts. In 2008, the Buddhist Essential Support Trust (BEST) UK and its sister organisation BEST - Myanmar responded to this humanitarian disaster by supporting the monasteries and people in the Nargis affected areas. BEST members based in Myanmar visited the affected areas and offered support through the monasteries immediately following the disaster. Support for Nargis affected areas was the focus of 2008-2009 annual donation tour by the President of BEST. The total amount of funds raised for Nargis disaster relief and reconstruction by BEST was 350,000GBP. Here are some examples of the activities carried out during the 2008-2009 donation tour.


Kathina ceremony - offering of robes to 150 monks Wi Zaw Tar Yon monastery , Payami quarter, Yangon, 12 November 2008


Donation to “Zabu Oak Shaung Pa ya Hei Ta" primary school run by nuns, Myaing Tha yar village, Kyaut Tan Myo division, 25 December 2008

Donation to Sayadaw U Zar Nay Ya – Dhamma may Dini monastery offering free education to over 1000 children, 27 December 2008

Donation for the reconstruction of monasteries ruined by NARGIS in Kadon village, 29 December 2008

Donation for the construction of residence for monks studying for tipitaka, 15 January 2009

Donation to Mingala Teit monastery ( teaching orphans), Phayagyi village , Kaw Hmu Myo Township

Donation to Parahita monastery, Shwe Pyi Thar, 25 January 2009

Donation to Yadana Pan Kon Monastery, Shwe Pyi Thar, 25 January 2009

Donation to Aye Yeit Thar Parahita school, Dagon Myo Thit (east) , 26 January 2009

Donation to Theik Wa Chaung Han Thar Aye home for orphans, Let Pan Tan Myo division, 29 January 2009



Total donations 2008 -2009 = 10748000 kyats
and Nargis donation = 350,000 GBP


2007

Donation for four essentials to Maha Wi Haya Taw Ya monastery (200 monks)

Dana for 200 monks at Mahar Thu Baw Dar Yon monastery, Sagaing

Donation to the Sanga hospital, Sagaing

Donations to Ye Le monastery, Taung Tha

Donations to Teit Thit monastery, Taung Tha

Donation to Zeta Win monastery, Nan Myint

Donation to Givita Dana Sanga hospital, Yangon



Donation to Baka - Free Education School, Myingyan