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’.
With the internship program from KT Care Foundation, May Thinn Nandar (Alice) started wroking on 9th December, 2019. During her internship, she is responsible for the data management for different programs of KT Care Foundation. She had finished her university with Law specialization from Dagon University. Besides working as a finance officer at American Center Student Council in past time, she also volunteered at Doh Eain. In January 2019, she got Diploma in English Proficiency from SEAMEO chat and currently attending diploma class of Network Communication at Yangon University of Distance Education. Alice who loves volunteering aspires to become a IT technician working in NGO in her future.
KT Care Foundation conducted a surveying session at ZKG Factory in Mingalardon Township On 17th December, 2019. The main purpose of conducting survey is to be able to provide better workshops necessary to the factory workers in the future. KT Care’s survey team asked peer educators who participated in the previous trainings of KT Care about ‘understanding of the topics discussed in past, feedback about the workshops and what we can provide them in the future’. For the surveying session, KT Care had called for volunteers and gave training on 16th December, 2019.
Today, KT Care Foundation donated ice-cream, butter cake and Christmas postcards to children who are being treated at Yangon Blood and Cancer Center in Yangon.
In this month, KT care foundation has supported 79 years-old Daw () who lives together with her husband in Hlaing township. Every day, she has to wake up around 2 AM to pick up Jasmine flowers from Thirimingalar market as her income comes from selling flowers. Although she is old, she has no choice but to make a living by herself since she does not have any child to look after her. KT Care had supported her financially since it is difficult to cover her living expenses and medical bills by her income alone.