82 years old grandpa U( ) lives in one of the unlegal wards in South Okkalapa Township. His wife died recently and he is continuing the job of selling boiled beans that his wife used to do before she died to earn his living. He lived in a village from Kayan township when he was young and later moved to Yangon. Since that day, he lost contact with all the relatives and family members. He doesn’t have any children as well, so he has no other than himself to depend on. Although he is healthy, he is not as energetic as in his young ages. The house he is living in now is also unsafe so he wants to repair the house and he also needs medical support. These are the reasons why he had applied to KT Care’s Charity Program. With the financial support of KT Care, he feels glad that his current difficulties will soon be solved.
Today, 27th February is World NGO DAY. It was officially recognised and declared by the 12 member countries (Belarus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Norway, Sweden) on 17th April,2010. The term “non-governmental organization” was created in Article 71 of the Charter of the newly formed United Nations in 1945. An NGO can be any kind of organization provided that it is independent from government influence and is not-for-profit. According to the source from Global Journal, there are more than 10 million NGOs across the world. KT Care Foundation is also a non-government organization as well as non-profit organization. In KT Care, we are implementing programs such as charity program, scholarship program, HER project, cleft lip and palate program and many others. On this day, KT Care would like to honour all NGOs around the world which are trying to improve the lives of people in different sectors.
35 years old, Ma ( ) is the mother of a daughter and she is from Kyone Thin village of Maubin Township which is located in Ayeyarwady Division. She had difficulty eating since her childhood due to the cleft palate. Moreover, she couldn’t talk clearly as other people do and until now she couldn’t speak with clarity since she was able to start speaking. She didn’t know that her cleft palate can be cured by surgery as she lives in a rural village. She learned about the surgery from television and met with ‘Nhaung Kyoe Myittar Charity group’. They connected her with KT Care Foundation and the surgery was successfully done at PinLon Hospital with the support of KT Care Foundation. As a result of surgery, she is able to enjoy her daily life as a normal person and the family was thankful to KT Care Foundation for the support.
KT Care Foundation’s first vocational scholar, Ma Nyo Mi Lwin has just got a certificate of completion in Pharmacist AID Course from ‘Aung Say Tanar Basic Pharmacy and Nurse AID course training center’. She is currently attending final year of Myanmar Studies in Sittwe University and she had intended to open a pharmacy in the past. However, she couldn’t implement her intention due to financial reasons. With the help of a teacher from Ayeyarwady Region, she got to know about the KT Care Foundation and she was selected as a vocational scholar of KT Care. Before receiving the vocational scholarship, she worked at a One-stop mart and wanted to attend pharmacist training but was unable to attend due to financial difficulties. After getting a certificate from the training, she has applied for a livelihood assistant position at Relief International and she said ‘she will work harder to fulfil her aim of opening a pharmacy’.
Phyo Phyo Wai, a scholar from KT Care foundation was born in Nga Pu Taw Township, Pathein. She is currently attending third year Myanmar studies in Pathein University. She has six family members and they depend on her father financially. Since her father’s income comes from fishery, it is not enough to support living and education expenses of family members. So, she had to work as a factory worker to help the family with her income. Before she got the scholarship, she had a lot of difficulties pursuing her education further. She said ‘when she knew that she was chosen as a scholar, she felt really happy and she was motivated to try harder’. She continued ‘with the help of KT Care, I’ll try my best to become a bachelor degree holder and I want to contribute my efforts in KT Care as a volunteer’.
Children’s Day in Myanmar is celebrated on February 13.The date of Myanmar’s Children’s Day coincides with the birthday of Aung San, a Burmese revolutionary, politician and general who is considered the Father of the Nation in present-day Myanmar. He fought for Burma’s independence from Japan and the United Kingdom. It was decided to celebrate Aung San’s birthday as Children’s Day because he fought for a better future for Burmese children. Children’s Day is officially celebrated in schools across Myanmar. On February 13, Burmese schools host special events for students. Their main goal is to emphasize the importance of education for the future of Burmese children, as well as to raise awareness of the problems that children and their parents face on a daily basis.
Union day is a public celebration in Myanmar (formerly Burma) held every February 12 as a memorial to The Panglong Agreement which pronounced full independence in internal governance in 1947. The agreement unified Burma and demanded that the British government restore independence to all of Burma. The Panglong agreement formed the basis for the creation of the Union of Burma. In 1886, Myanmar (then called Burma) came under British control, but the British made a distinction between how central Burma and the various outlying ethnic groups were ruled. One of its aims was to promote equality between the Burmese plain people and the non-Burmese hills tribes in Burma. The Panglong Agreement was negotiated by General Aung San and leaders from the Shan, Kachin, Chin, and other Burmese states with British government. Celebrations of Union Day in Myanmar begin months in advance and are highly anticipated by the Myanmar people. As the date approaches, school children will write patriotic poems and essays and speeches on the importance of national unity will be given.
Photo crd to : Yangon Life
Representatives from KT Care foundation visited to Thet Kel Thaung Village in Nga Pu Taw Township, which is the birthplace of founder U Kyaw Thaung on 3rd and 4th February,2020. Thet Kel Thaung Village is KT Care’s major project area. During the visit, KT Care staff met with village leaders of Thet Kel Thaung and shared them about KT Care’s current programs and what KT Care is going to do in future. KT Care staff also had a meeting with old scholars and asked them about their current activities, work and encouraged them to get in touch with KT Care so that they can participate in KT Care’s programs such as vocational school scholarship program. Discussion was concluded after scholars chose two representatives from the group who will be acting as the main communication channel between KT Care and scholars. Moreover, KTC staff visited the computer training center, school, pond and well donated by KT Care and discussed with teachers from Basic Education Primary School Thet Kel Thaung.
A significant gender gap has persisted throughout the years at all levels of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines all over the world. Even though women have made tremendous progress towards increasing their participation in higher education, they are still under-represented in these fields. On 20 December 2013, the General Assembly adopted a resolution on science, technology and innovation for development, in which it recognized that full and equal access to and participation in science, technology and innovation for women and girls of all ages is imperative for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day (February 11) to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities.
A project assistant intern from KT Care Foundation, Chaw Hla Nwe finished her college in 2017 from Government Technical Institute (Kyauk Pa Daung), specializing in Mechanical Engineering. Since then, she worked as a community organizer and program coordinator in NGOs. Her aim is to plan programs and projects from the beginning to the end and to implement them successfully. Therefore, she applied for the project assistant intern position in KT Care to gain more experiences in project planning and implementation. She joined KT Care Foundation in early January 2020. In KT Care foundation, she is responsible for assisting Project Officer in implementing Vocational Scholarship program, BSR HER Project and Child Protection program. She said “as she has to deal with project management, rules and responsibilities, timelines and deadlines, the work is challenging and she gets a lot of new experiences and knowledge.”