Just on the outskirts of Nyaung Shwe village near Inle Lake, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Myanmar, towards the Red Mountain vineyard and not far from the better known Brother Felice Tantardini orphanage, on a dirt cross road lies the Buddhist monastery Sasana Yaung Chi orphanage built in 2011.
There are 150 orphans (120 + 30 added in 2018), all boys, ranging from age 5 to 15 years, divided exactly in 115 children and 35 child monks. As in the majority of orphanages in Myanmar, not all children are actually parentless. In fact some have been abandoned in the orphanage because they will have more chance to get something to eat and to receive an education.
At the direction of the orphanage there are 2 Buddhist monks, namely the headmaster and second headmaster. Two young teachers live perpetually in the orphanage that in addition to teaching mathematics, science and “English” to 150 orphans, have the task to supervise them. The level of English from the directors is non-existent, while that of the two teachers is so poor that it was necessary to bring someone in to help us to find out more about the sad condition in which the orphanage is.
We visited the dormitories that are in disrepair: clutter and dirt are the first things that catch the attention of visitors. The children sleep without mattresses and some with only very light blankets. The dust can also be seen from the outset. In October 2017, we bought mattresses, bed linen, pillows, pillowcases and large containers for personal belongings for all the children. Although we have improved the standard of dormitories, bunk beds are needed so that children sleep separately and contagion of the ringworm, contact bacteria and scabies may be reduced.
The status of children is not far behind. Unappealing, dirty clothes, some even barefoot. In our two visits, after a few days all of the children wore the same dirty clothes. But, what is most striking is a fungal infection on the heads and other body parts of these children. Nevertheless, the smiles and the joys of life are always with them.
These cute children attend the private school within the orphanage from Monday to Friday. Four teachers, already retired, attend every day as volunteers alongside the two existing, but still insufficient to provide an adequate education. Our mission was to provide books and other school supplies, but we were forced instead to buy medicines and basic necessities since already there are local volunteers who daily provide the meals and part of education.
We have done all we could to improve a little the conditions of these joyful orphans, giving them some toys to make them happy but mostly distributing medicines to treat the fungal infection of the scalp, gastric reflux, medicated soaps, toothpastes, toothbrushes for their daily hygiene. If you have planned a trip to Myanmar and think to go near the Inle Lake area, or if you are already in the neighbourhood and want more information, please contact us.
The aim of this project is to raise funds towards:
Maintenance of 2 women for the care of children and dormitories
Playground with swings, slides and other playground equipment
Medicines against ringworm, antibiotics, antipyretics, analgesics
Medicated soaps, toothpastes and toothbrushes
Dresses (T-shirt and shorts), socks and shoes
Actions already made:
75 bunk beds
Arrangement and painting of the 2 dormitories
33 mattresses, 30 pillows
70 pairs of shorts, 70 pairs of flip-flops
2 electric hair trimmers
Daily school trip by train to Kalaw and packed lunch
OCTOBER 2016 – OCTOBER 2017
Replacement of 7 wooden bases in dormitories and assembly of a wooden platform at school
Cleaning, disinfestation, sterilisation of the dormitories and the purchase of the relative products
120 mattresses, bed linen, pillows and pillowcases
120 large containers for personal items such as clothes, books, etc.
88 dresses (T-shirt and shorts) + 240 pairs of flip flops
Installation of water pump, piping and electrical cables for the operation of the washing machine
Arranged a doctor to visit all the kids
Arranged for 2 women indefinitely for the care of the children, cleaning dorms and laundry
Medicines against fungal infection, ringworm, antibiotics, gastric reflux, antipyretic and analgesics
Medicated soaps, toothpastes and toothbrushes
If you want to help us fulfil our project, even a small donation will make a difference to ensure that these orphans have a better quality of life.
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