Over 500 pupils, parents, teachers, nuns and monks were trained in multiple workshop formats incorporating interactive theater that raised awareness of child rights and prevention of abuse. An MCF grant was awarded to Civic Society Initiative in partnership with FXB Foundation and Heart of Youth, Yangon. Targeted areas included Thanlynn, Hlaing Tharyar Township, North Dagon.
A two week workshop was held in Lashio, where teachers in the Kachin Education Project made 23 first and second grade story books with illustrations. Partnering with Hope International, MCF funded full color publication of these books for distribution to 500+ students in the northern Shan State and the Kachin State. The goal was to instill in the children a love of reading in their native language.
- Winter - Spring 2014
Special Project of Travel with a Purpose Group, (November 2013)
Many young boys and girls who reside at the boarding school here come from families who cannot afford to educate them. The two head nuns (DawNandar and DawWimala) at this school assume the responsibility of raising and educating these children, as part of the larger Buddhist community. In addition to passing the national exam in 11th grade, vocational training is envisioned as part of the larger pathway to adulthood and earning a livelihood.
Two rainwater collection tanks were constructed by MCF at Shan Chaung Monastic School in 2009 and 2011, which is located so close to the ocean that drilling water wells is not a possibility. During the dry season, the water shortages were reaching critical stages.
MCF provided small livelihood loans between $150-$200 with 3% interest to the families of children attending Shan Chaung Monastic School, in return for the promise to keep their children in school. This pilot program ran successfully in 2009-2010 with 14 farming and fishing families. After 12 months, the payback rate was 100%. Local families improved their livelihoods and their food supply while their children continued in school. A win-win for the community!
- 2008 - 2009
Funding for short-term relief supplies and funding for teachers’ salaries at Zabu Oak Shaung Nunnery School. Sponsorship of 136 children for the 2008-2009 school year whose families were affected by Nargis.
Free English classes led by over 25 Burmese volunteers for poor rural children at Su Htoo Pan and TharYar Gone Monastic Schools. Donation of English language learning series materials “Way Ahead” to over 150 children and their teachers.
Monastic/Nunnery School Construction Projects:
MCF began a relationship with this rural school in southern Myanmarin 2007. It sits only a few miles from the coastline and the surrounding area is sparsely populated by rice farmers and fishermen. The beauty of the rice fields, the mud-caked water buffalo, and the nearby emerald-green hills is breathtaking.
- 2007 - 2012
MCF began assisting this school in southern Myanmar in 2007 and has supported efforts to increase self-sufficiency. MCF paid for the cost of planting new papaya trees at this site and has watched as the rubber plantation around the school has grown and produces more rubber each year.
MCF began assisting this school in southern Myanmar in 2008 just after the deluge of Cyclone Nargis. Civic Society Initiative (CSI)members led by HtaikSeng partnered with MCF to construct a two story classroom building which was dedicated in 2009. Max Harrington and members of CSI and representatives from the British Council were on hand for the ceremony.
Max Harrington and Ko Thura Aung came across Myo Oo Monastic School on their travels, a school with many orphans that needed a larger, sturdier classroom/dormitory building than the existing thatch huts in which classes were taking place. A half-finished two-story classroom building at this site existed but donor funding had languished.