In an attempt to curb internet scams, Paypal has frozen Don Gilliland's account until he can prove nonprofit status--so much for the web helping people to help others. Until now your donations have been going to Myanmar. Don used his own money with the belief that he would get the donations from Paypal eventually, and he has sent that with donations given him directly from people in Bangkok. Over $1000 has been taken into the country already and another $500 is being taken in soon.
The money is being given to monks to buy clothes, medicine, water purification tablets, and vehicles to bring people to safety. If you go to Don's blog www.bangkokdazed.com you can see the relationships he has built with temples and orphanages as he has traveled through Myanmar and the faces of people who are probably now destitute.
It is a tragedy that cynicism and suspicion have blocked a project that is grass-roots and workable. Paypal seemed the best solution for getting money overseas quickly, but now I will never use it again for any purpose. For those who have sent money to Don's account, please know that while it languishes with Paypal, Don has sent equivalent amounts from his own funds to Myanmar. Your money has gone to help others--please do not send more to Paypal unless this mess can be straightened out.