Orphanage Support Volunteer
U Min Lwin Oo, Managing Director of Myanmar Frangipani Travels and Tours Co. Ltd. is the official Representative of the Myanmar-Kinderhilfe e.V. (MK), Frankfurt, Germany. This organization is currently giving financial, educational, micro-credit and other support to orphans ranging in age from 4 to 22, in two orphanages in Mandalay and one in Mawlamyine (Moulmein),Myanmar., with 450 orphans and 750 grammar school students.
The two Orphanages (called Pyapon Buddhist Orphanage for Boys – in Kani Village and Kyaiklat Buddhist Orphanage for Girls) in Ayeyarwady Delta were just discovered after devastated Nargis Cyclone hit lower Myanmar on the 2nd of May 2008. MK supported immediately to the two orphanages in Delta with the emergency aids and living facilities including a new dormitory and water systems. MK also constructed a new grammar school in both Kabin village in Twantay Township and Thayet Thonepin village in Kawhmu Township. Both schools were totally destroyed by the Nargis cyclone.
First contact with these orphanages was made by Mr. Klaus R. Schroeder, President of MK, on one of his several visits to Myanmar during which he was accompanied by U Min Lwin Oo.
“Visit on 31.1.13”
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The MK’s mission is to improve the living and health conditions of the orphans and to offer them better educational opportunities and targeted practical training. The orphanages accept needy children regardless of their religious affiliation or ethnic origin.
The children receive elementary education within the orphanage. Some go on to secondary education in state-run middle, high schools and universities. In addition, the children are given practical training in various fields.
What these children can accomplish was amply demonstrated after a personal computer was donated to the orphanage. Seven boys aged 15 to 17 acquired basic computer skills within months without books or teachers. The German charitable association “MK” set up a PC training center at the orphanage. Today some 100 girls and boys are receiving regular instructions with the senior students having progressed to graphics and writing of software programs – a remarkable achievement for children whose hill-tribe parents probably could neither read nor write Burmese. At the PC center the boys and girls also receive English language instructions. English books and tapes were made available by the German association.
The computer and English language teachers regularly report to MK on the teaching curriculum and the progress of the children.
MK is providing additional computers for the Computer Centers and new equipments for the classrooms, a library and a reading room.
The targeted training and improved education available to the orphans has enabled these orphans to be better equipped to seek jobs whereas lack of these qualifications had previously been a handicap.
For those children not gifted enough to take advantage of the higher educational and computer training available, courses in tailoring for girls and automobile repairing for boys are being planned.
For the improvement of the living conditions of the orphans, the following projects were undertaken and successfully completed:
1. Construction of a new water and sewage system.
2. Fitting toilets, washrooms, basins etc.
3. Digging of 6″ deep wells.
4. Renovation of living areas.
5. Renovation of kitchen and dining room.
6. Conversion of a rough building into an Education centre.
As Representative of MK, U Min Lwin Oo regularly visits these orphanages, monitors and controls the progress of the projects and reports back to MK. He also accompanies the directors and officers of the organization and other visiting donors.
1.) Myanmar Buddhist Orphanage Association (MBOA) for Boys
Abbot: U Sandi Mar
Corner of 30. und 62. Street
Tel. 02 – 36 774 or -61 187; email: firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com
2.) Aye Yeik Mon Girls’ Orphanage Association
Management: Daw Khin Khin Hla (Treasurer) & Daw Dha May Thi (Administrator)
Abbesses and Founders: Daw Khang Mar Nandi & Daw Nanda Htay Ri
22nd Street (Between 62nd and 63rd. Street)
Tel. 02 – 612 14; email: email@example.com@gmail.com
3.) Kin Ywa Orphanage and Monastic Education School
(Kin Ywa Kyaung)
Chief Abbot: U Wilartha
Deputy Abbot: U Satkeinda
Shwe Pyi Aye Quarter
Tel. 09 532 1018 (Mobile Phone); email: firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com
Taikkyi and Twantay Orphanages
Simultaneously, U Min Lwin Oo is also the Representative of the charitable organization called Spirit of Asia from Germany. This organization makes monthly donation to the Aye Chan Tha Orphanage in Taikkyi, near Yangon.
The orphanage is home to 76 orphans, all boys, ranging in age from 4 to 17. It is engaged in giving education, and improving the living and health conditions of the children. One major achievement of this orphanage is the successful treatment of 22 orphans with TB through the DOT system.
English is taught to the orphans by local teachers.
Spirit of Asia pays all these expenses as well as for the salaries of the teachers and the supervising staff.
As a member of the trustees, Min Min also works together with Moe and Maung Maung Oo (also known as Early Morning) for the Mandalay Projects (TMP) of the friends from Singapore and Australia. TMP is supporting the Orphanage called the Mingalar Parahita for 500 girls and boys in Twantay and the other two in Delta by means of joint-sponsorship with MK; amongst Kani mechanical training workshop and Pannawady tailoring school were successfully established.
As a representative and a trustee U Min Lwin Oo monitors, controls, and supervises all projects and reports back to the donor organizations. He also supplies the Spirit of Asia organization with souvenirs and handicraft goods which it sells in Germany in order to raise funds for the orphanage.