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.
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’.
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.
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’.
On 27 August, KT Care Foundation provided monthly training at ZKG factory. The topic of this training was about waterborne diseases as many people are suffering from these diseases in this monsoon season. A total of 37 peer educators from the factory participated in this training. Project officer from KT Care started the training by recapping the last month’s topic and introducing the new topic. After that, participants were requested to answer the test about waterborne diseases to know their level of understanding about the topic. Later, KT Care’s project officer shared about the qualities of clean water, symptoms, prevention and treatment of diarrhea,malaria and dengue fever. Participants were eager to learn the new topic and responded with questions.
The Scholarship Programme of KT Care Foundation works to increase access to education for youth in the Foundation’s priority intervention areas in Myanmar. Due to their families’ financial constraints, many students face significant challenges in attending school regularly and affording appropriate scholastic supplies. KT Care supports students by providing initial tuition, stationery and school furniture.
The Scholarship Programme provides financial support for 3-5 years 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.