The Myanmar Project revolves around the team from Asian Children’s Mission working on the ground around Yangon, Myitkyina in the North, and in the Delta Region. The founder Joana Jones realized in her first trip to the country in 2007, that Education is everything and that Education is transformational!
It’s the difference from having a job and supporting a family, to trying to survive from day to day as a laborer in the rice fields. After the military seized power in 1962 a war on education began. In 1988 things got worse when the regime began shutting down Universities all over the country and education became the last thing on the country’s mind. In 2008, things have begun to change and open up to the outside world, however education is still secondary or further back on the list of things to do.
Joana decided shortly after her first trip there that she needed to assist her friends in Myanmar change this paradigm that the poor and orphaned children find themselves in. These children are the last on the list to educate and she along with her team are in the process of changing that. They have 2 orphanages (one in the North and one outside of Yangon), one team manager, and 9 teachers educating children in the Delta region. The Delta region is where most of the teachers and people were killed when Cyclone Nargis hit in 2008.
A Generous Life plans to come alongside the team by assisting them in taking care of all the orphans at their two locations. This includes 50 children in the North and 42 children on the outskirts of Yangon (the capital city).
We will supply the following for one year:
- Food and water
- Mosquito net
- Roll up sleeping pad
- Pillow, blankets
- Shampoo, brush, comb, soap, towels
- School uniforms
- Play clothes
- Textbooks, Notebooks, pens and pencils, Book bag
- Umbrella – to protect from the sun and the rain
The cost is only $214 per child, which for a total of 92 children will cost $19,688 for the whole year.
This project will allow for one very important activity, it will allow the organization to work on long term sustainable solutions ultimately lowering the cost of operations and make it a true long term solution.
In addition to the above plan A Generous Life will also assist in long term solutions by creating a long term partnership. This will include the addition of helping with an Aquaponics System at the orphanage outside of Yangon, delivering clean water filters for the Delta Region, and bringing teams to the country that may want to get more connected to the team on the ground.
Clean Water for Life:
We will supply Sawyer Water Filtration Systems. These water filters ($100 each) are low maintenance and will last a lifetime if taken care of correctly. These filters will produce 5 gallons of American grade clean water every 20 minutes, when using a 5 gallon bucket.
Join a Team:
A Generous Life will have a team traveling to Myanmar in the Fall of 2014. If you would like to join the team and see firsthand the impact of this plan and project, please Click Here for more information.