MPT Opens SMS Donations For Rebuilding After Earthquake

08 Sep 2016

(Yangon, 8 September 2016) – MPT has pledged to assist people working on the reconstruction of pagodas and stupas damaged in the recent earthquake, by opening SMS donation channel for customers.

MPT has already made significant contributions in response to the crises affecting Myanmar at this time, and is deeply sympathetic towards all the people that have been caught up as a consequence.

On 1st September MPT donated 10 million MMK to the Department of Archaeology and National Museum in Bagan to help with renovation work, following the major earthquake that struck the area. MPT recognizes how important it is that the rich historical heritage of Myanmar is protected, and the donation will go towards the rebuilding of famous cultural heritage locations.

Responding to flooding in 2015, the SMS donations from MPT customers raised nearly 300 million Myanmar kyats and due to the success of last year’s campaign, MPT is opening an SMS donation option that will allow customers to send a contribution for the earthquake-affected region starting from 9th September. If people would like to donate towards the rebuilding effort, they can send a text message.

Simply send the number 500 to 2001 (for prepaid GSM/WCDMA users) or 3001 (for prepaid CDMA users). After sending the SMS, 500 Kyats will be deducted from the credit balance. As long as there is enough credit on the SIM card, people can donate as many times as they like. There is no cost of sending the message.

The donation period will close at midnight on 31 October 2016.

All aid received from this SMS drive will be openly donated on behalf of MPT’s users, helping to fund heritage reconstruction efforts across the regions that were damaged. MPT will release a report showing to which relevant Myanmar government organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) the donation was handed.

MPT donated 30 million Kyats to the Ayeyarwaddy Regional Government on 26th August in order to alleviate the suffering of people caught up in severe flooding.

This is in addition to a total of about 1200 rice bags donated to the Mandalay region, which is intended to ease pressure on food resources for people living in the area. There is also more than 300 rice bags has been contributed to the flood affected areas of Sagaing Region by MPT recently.

“Along with these donations and offers of support, our thoughts are very much with people and their families in the affected areas” said Mr. Takashi Nagashima, CEO MPT-KSGM Joint Operations. “We sincerely hope that everyone is safe, and that damage sustained can be repaired in the best possible way. We have listened to the overwhelming response from our concerned customers through our call centers and on our Facebook page, and we have opened MPT’s SMS donation channel for the renovation works. I am certain that there will be many gestures of support from all over the country. MPT will ensure that the generosity shown by our users will go toward protecting the cultural and heritage of Myanmar.”