Thingyan Festival

Thingyan which means “transit” is the Myanmar New Year Festival that usually occurs in middle of April. It is a Buddhist festival celebrated over a period of four to five days, culminating in the New Year. The dates of the Thingyan Festival are calculated according to Myanmar Calendar. The dates of the festival are observed as public holidays throughout Myanmar, and are part of the summer holidays at the end of the school year. This festival is also celebrated in neighboring Theravada Buddhist countries; Songkran in Thailand and Laos, Chaul Chnam Thmey in Cambodia.

People celebrate Thingyan Festival by standing on bamboo stages erected along the streets and splashing water on passersby. Powerful water pipes douse people driving by in cars. Children use water pistols to drench their friends, relatives, and anyone else in range – only monks and the elderly are safe. Most girls wear fragrant thanaka and sweet-scented yellow padauk blossoms in their hairs. Thingyan flower, the padauk only blooms one day each year during Thingyan.

People in Myanmar believes that water symbolizes the washing away of previous year’s bad luck and sins. On New Year’s Day itself, all the water-throwing ends. This day is celebrated by releasing captive fish and birds as acts of merit, and special feasts are held for monks.

On this day, we wish everyone to be safe and advise to stay at home following social distancing guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar.

Recipient of Charity Program

Daw ( ), who lives in South Dagon Township, is a native of Bagan Nyaung Oo. She got married in Yangon and has three children. Her husband is currently unable to work because of the health condition. Since her three children are attending schools, she has to cover their school fees and expenses. Moreover, her husband’s medical expenses and the rent of the house make her struggle a lot. Daw ( ) is working in the community by doing laundry even though one of her eyes is unable to see clearly. She knew about  KT Care Foundation through her friends. She said “Thanks to the support of the KT Care Foundation, it has helped to pay for current debt and eye treatment”.

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Success Story of Scholar (Hnin Wut Yee)

Hnin Wut Yee will be receiving her bachelor degree in Myanmar Studies from University of Pathein next year. She was awarded a scholarship from KT Care in 2016.  Her family makes a living by working in a Garment factory and she is also working there during her holidays to support the living expenses of her family. Before she received a scholarship from KT Care, she was worried about her education fees as her family has no extra income except from the low pay garment factory work. Luckily, she knew about KT Care Foundation’s scholarship program in 2016 and that led her to apply for the scholarship. KT Care organized a networking event with scholars in 2019 in Pathein and we got to listen to her thoughts as a KT Care scholar during the event. She told us how she was able to pursue her university education with the support of KT Care with a smile on her face. When we asked about her future dream, she replied that ‘she is determined to become a good teacher after her graduation’.

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Team Member Introduction

Zaw Myo Aung from Thet Kel Thaung village of Nga Pu Taw township is a KT Care scholarship awardee and he is currently working as project assistant intern in KT Care.  In 2016, he applied for KT Care scholarship and was selected as a scholar. This year, he is about to attend third year of Myanmar Specialization in Pathein University. When KT Care opened applicants for interns on December 2019, he applied as soon as he heard the news since he has been willing to work for KT Care. As a project assistant intern, his main duty is to assist project officer in implementation of cleft lip and palate program and child protection program.

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International Women’s Day

Women and girls are being treated as unequal in this world until today. They continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Women are not only discriminated against on the basis of gender, but on the basis of the concept of age difference. Building up the role of women is also a part of the development of a country. The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls. Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme for this year is “I’m Generation Equality, Realizing Women’s Rights.” We honor the great women who are working hard in their respective fields on this International Women’s Day.

We are all equal.

Child protection observation visit to nunneries

On 27 February, KT Care team went to East Dagon and Mingalardon Township to conduct an observation for Child Protection program at Chan Thar Aung and San Mya Thidar nunneries. Chan Thar Aung nunnery was built in December 2013 with only 50 students. It was just a small hut in the middle of a muddy field before. Currently, there are 268 students and 10 teachers. San Mya Thidar nunnery which was founded in June 2001 by Daw Hay Mar Yee (Dhammasarita, patron) and Daw Aye Theingi (Dhammasrita, superintendent) became a place for educating children from different regions of Myanmar in 2006-2007. Initially assisted by Christian teachers, the school aimed at helping the orphans and poor young women. With the help of 35 teachers, San Mya Thidar nunnery now educates over 600 students. KT Care team discussed with the superintendents of nunneries and introduced the child protection program while conducting a survey for the needs of schools.

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World NGO Day

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.

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Success story of cleft palate patient

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.

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Scholar from KT Care

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’.

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Myanmar Children Day 2020

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.

Happy Father's Day!