The Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) has announced that they have set up the Big Tiger Foundation with a start up amount of 100,000 Thai Baht (USD 3100), with an aim to provide medical care and basic supplies to poor patients.
Multiple offices of the Foundation were inaugurated in hospitals in Kawkareik Township, Karen State on August 31. The Foundation will provide medicines, mosquito nets, blankets, pillows and mats to poor patients, Major Tiger from KNU told Mizzima.
Speaking on behalf of the Foundation he said, “In Kawkareik, many patients who go to the hospitals cannot afford to buy basic supplies because they do not have money. So, we will provide it for them. We feel that we owe this to our citizens and we must help them. We must not ignore the poor.”
The Foundation has been started jointly by some KNU/KNLA soldiers including Major Tiger and civilians. Major Tiger said that the Big Tiger Foundation owned by civilians and it will not be controlled by KNU/KNLA.
Wai Wai, the personal assistant to Major Tiger, told Mizzima that the Foundation would also provide oxygen and medical equipments for poor patients in the future.
“We came to know that some patients had to go to hospitals without mosquito nets and pillows. We intend to help them. The reason why we have opened offices in Kawkareik is because there are many poor people who cannot afford basic necessities”, said Wai Wai.
The Foundation will employ civilians and it will also have night-shift staff for emergencies.
They plan to open more offices in other towns in Karen state such as Myawaddy and other remote areas.