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Burmese Cultural Exchange Visitors Begin US Tour - 2003-08-22


Sayadaw U Nayaka, a Buddhist monk, and two leaders from the Baptist Church and two from the Anglican Church--all from Mandalay--are currently visiting the U.S.

They are on a month-long cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the Meridian International Visitor Center.

On behalf of his mission, U Nayaka told VOA that the purpose of their visit is to learn and discuss matters concerning interfaith both in the United States and in Burma.

All the members of the delegation are actively involved in social and cultural activities of their various faiths in Burma with funding mainly from international non-governmental organizations.

U Nayaka talked about the Phaungdaw Oo Intergrated Education High School he is running in Mandalay. Founded in 1993, the school now boasts 6,000 students from primary to secondary level.

He said the World Vision NGO group, German and Japanese governments are now assisting the school with cash donations, curriculum and teaching material support like computers as well as technical help in building facilities.

While in the U.S.(from July 26 through August 23),the group will visit Washington D.C. and the states of New York, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Oregon and California.

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