Ma ( ) from Sar Phyu Su Village in Maubin Township was born with a cleft lip at birth. Due to her cleft lip, her mother had to prepare artificial milk since the baby was uncomfortable with breastfeeding. Since they live in a small village outside of the city, they did not know that it can be cured by the surgery. Luckily, they got information about KT care Foundation in Yangon with the help of Akyinnar Latt Myar Mobile clinic charity group from Maubin when Ma ( ) was 4 months old. With the support and guidance from KT Care, she was then treated at Shwe Baho Hospital. After the treatment, the parents were surprised and pleasant to see the changes of her physical appearance. In their feedback session with KT Care staff, they said ‘They would like to thank the KT Care Foundation and all the family members and staff for the support they received for their daughter’s operation’.
On December 3, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development. One of KT Care’s development philosophies is that every person has the right to a decent education. Therefore, KT Care provides scholarships to students and contributes to building the educational infrastructure of Myanmar. The Scholarship Program provides financial support for 3-5 years (including fees for accommodation in a hostel, meals, tuition, stationery and other necessities) to disadvantaged students with high academic achievement, to pursue studies at national universities. In addition, some scholarship students also work as interns at KT Care Foundation as part of their training. So far, KT Care has funded 171 students successfully.
Saw Kyaw Soe Min @ Saw Kaw Ka Sar joined KT Care Foundation as Program Manager on Mid of January, 2020. He will be in charge of overall program management and new proposals development. He has over 23 years working experience in Humanitarian and Development sector with Non-Governmental Organizations such as MSF-Holland, Save the Children, World Education, Good Neighbors International, Swanyee Development Foundation, MKE and Network Activities Group since 1995. During his previous works, he successfully implemented and led Education, Child Protection, WASH, Health and Nutrition, Livelihoods, Emergency Response and DRR, Income Generation and Community Driven Development Projects. In 2018, he graduated with Executive Master’s degree of Development Studies from Yangon University of Economics. For the Master Degree, he developed the thesis called “A Study on Community-Based Child Protection Case Management System and Practices of Non-Governmental and Governmental Organizations in Myanmar”.
Hnin Phyu Phyu Htwe from Nga Pu Taw, Yay Kyaw Village is a scholar of KT Care foundation from 2018. She is attending third year Myanmar Studies in Pathein University at the present. Her parents earn a living by working as vendors. Her family’s income was not sufficient enough to support her education costs. Since she had to help her parents in their works, she couldn’t focus on her studies well. She got to know about KT Care Foudnation from headmistress of Basic Education Middle School Yay Kyaw, Pathein Township and she applied for scholarship program. She said, she was filled with happiness when she knew she was chosen as a scholar from KT Care in 2018. She said ‘after getting scholarship, her family does not need to trouble about supporting her anymore and she could study comfortably’.
Kaung Myat Thu is a scholar of KT Care foundation who is currently attending second year of Myanmar studies in Pathein University. His parents are vendors. He didn’t know the way to earn a living after finishing matriculation examination and there was no one to guide him. In 2018, he found out about KT Care’s scholarship program and he applied for it. When he got a chance to become a scholar, he said ‘he became less worried for the school materials and tuition fees. Also, he could continue studying without difficulties even though his income is too little’. Now, in his holiday, he is working as a receptionist at Lon Kan Hotel in Pathein Township and earning his own salary.
Mg() from Pha Oun Wel Village of Dite Oo Township from Bago Division, is a 10 months old boy who was born with cleft lip. Since he is just 10 months old, he couldn’t feel anything special concerning with cleft lip except having difficulties while breastfeeding. Seeing their son with cleft lip, his parents hoped to have a surgery but they couldn’t do it due to the financial worries. One day, the good luck hit them. One of their friends who use FaceBook told them about KT Care Foundation and they tried to contact KT Care. With the support of the foundation, the operation was successfully held at the Pinlon Hospital in Yangon. From now on, Mg () will be having a beautiful life as other children and his parents are feeling the joy as well.
A 19 years old girl, Hnin Yupar Aung is a scholar of KT Care who lives in Thet Kel Thaung village of Nga Pu Taw Township. She had finished her 2nd year of English specialization in Pathein University in November 2019. Currently, she is working in a garment factory. Her family is depending only on the income of her mother so it was hard for her to attend university even for a year. She said, ‘In 2018, she was chosen by KT Care as a scholar. Since then she didn’t need to worry much for the financial problems and she can continue her study conveniently’. When we ask about her ambition, she replied ‘I want to become a good teacher in the future and I am really thankful for being supported by KT Care’.