The Parasol Project
The Parasol Project is a great idea from Better Burmese Health Care (BBHC).and Jalin Sama to raise money to support their project
To provide affordable healthcare for the Burmese poor who have minimal or no access to health care and to improve the education of the local professionals to promote long term self-sufficiency in health care delivery. Due to low wages, doctors are struggling from a lack of financial security. Our contributions help to offset these problems and allow the doctors to continue their essential work.
BBHC team in Myanmar are in the process of getting a local NGO status in the name of “Thway Thit” which translates to “new blood” and is having a fundraising event on the 26-27 of November 2016 at the cultural center of the Indonesian Embassy.
The Parasol Project
It is an exhibition and silent auction that started in 2014 and where you could take home a beautiful one of a kind parasol designed by top Burmese artists. Your purchase directly improved the lives of many and decorate your home with an unique parasol.
The second fundraiser was in February 2016 at Pansodan Art Gallery, where 37 local artists collaborated to produce 80 beautiful pieces of art in traditional Myanmar umbrellas.
Interview from The Myanmar Times:
Berg, a former chef who lives in Yangon part-time with his wife and fellow BBHC founder Jalin Sama, said the concept of art fundraisers is a fresh one for Myanmar people.
“It’s such a different thing for the Burmese to do fundraising outside of the monastery,” he said. “This is actually a lot of curveballs – first it’s art for health, which is unusual. Then its traditional with contemporary art, which is completely unusual. And then on top of that, I did a silent auction … I don’t think anyone’s done that.”
The pieces blend customary Myanmar parasol decoration with whatever the individual artists choose to create. Berg said he gives complete artistic freedom, a decision that allows immense variety. Some pieces depict real-life images of flood relief in the Burmese heartland, while others show abstract conceptions of musical instruments.
At a starting price of $200, each parasol has the lucrative potential of providing 20 months of diabetes medication to a Myanmar patient who visits one of the BBHC’s seven Yangon clinics. Two clinics offer daily services, while five are open once a month, attracting patients from as far away as Dala.
Artists include Nay Aung Shu, whose gallery in Bo Gyoke Market has attracted Berg and Sama over the years. He helped arrange many of the local artists, recruiting their talent to contribute to the project.Berg said he felt the parasols offer a portable aspect that typical canvas paintings do not.
I leave you here with an amazing gallery of these parasols and hope to see this exhibition happening every year!