The Burmese context
Burma has more than 135 different ethnic groups, all with their own language and sometimes even alphabet. For 10 years, the country has been on a democratic path, with Aung San Suu Kyi representing the power and liberation of the Burmese people. Today, back in a totalitarian system, the ethnic groups surrounding the central state run by the dictators are fighting for their freedom. It is in this context that we started our first project there in 2010 and since then we support two other projects, in Chin state and in Kanpyu village near the Irrawaddy.
The team on site
Marie (Ni Hlei Par), pictured on top, is the initiator of this charity. With the help of her team, including Adam and Hannah, she takes care of the orphans and manages the centre. She is the driving force behind this project to which she dedicates her life and all her time.
The centre’s activities
We lack the means to give them a stable place to live, but we are still able to provide for their needs in terms of education and health. Our centre also helps them to grow up well by allowing them to engage in many creative and formative activities. Computers are at their disposal to awaken them to the world of technology, so present in our society.
They all learn to cook, and know exactly where their food comes from. From the seed they plant, to the picking of the fruit and vegetables, to the preparation and feeding, they are aware of the cycle they are taking part in.
The pigsty and the piglets that are regularly born there also contribute to the natural environment and life of the place. Taking care of the animals is a source of fun and gives the children a sense of responsibility, while at the same time familiarising them with other forms of life.
The small garden of the centre allows them to practice some of their favourite sports (football, basketball, volleyball, cycling, badminton, etc.).
On the spiritual side, they learn to love their neighbours and to have faith in life and what it has to offer. It is by following the path of Protestantism that they awaken spiritually, but as far as our association is concerned, it doesn’t matter what their religion or belief is. When it comes to helping children in need, we have to look beyond that. The important thing is to believe in something, to believe in a better future. And they do believe. It is through faith that they are able to look back on themselves. In Burma, the prayers include a long moment during which people speak alone, as loud as they want, and all at the same time. They express their fears, their desires, their hopes, and all the emotions they carry within them are unloaded. The orphans face their problems and learn to deal with them.