“The essence of true charity is to give something without expecting anything in return for the gift. If a person expects some material benefit to arise from his gift, he is only performing an act of bartering and not charity. (…) The act of true charity is wholesome, has no strings attached, and leaves both the giver and the recipient free.”
-Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera
Giving is an essential part of Buddhism and Myanmar culture and tradition. Giving includes offering material support, charity or even spiritual guidance to those in need. The motivation for giving to others is as important as what is given. Myanmar people believe that in doing good they will receive good luck or merit.It is considered auspicious to donate or commit good deeds on one’s date of birth, or on the day of the week that one was born (for instance, on a Saturday if the person was born on a Saturday). Inspired by this tradition, KT Care created the Small Grants Programme that provides donations ten times a month in honour of the Kyaw Thaung family members, on their respective birthdays.
Criteria and Guidelines. The Small Grants Programme targets the most disadvantaged people including: women, children, orphans, the poor, the elderly, the sick and the disabled. The grants are channeled through local organizations such as charities, community based organizations, schools (public and monastic), group homes (for the aged and orphanages) and religious centers (such as pagodas or churches). Donations may also be granted to individuals referred by a charitable group. The types of needs supported by the Small Grants Programme are diverse and include food, clothing, supplies, equipment, infrastructure repair and maintenance, vehicles, education, training, capacity-building, medical supplies, hospital expenses, and religious activities such as the soon offerings (a Buddhist ritual in which breakfast or lunch is offered to monks, and after the monks have eaten, the food becomes a feast for as many guests as desired, including family, friends, neighbours, or community members).
Institutions are invited to submit proposals for donations to firstname.lastname@example.org. All proposals will be reviewed by KT Care on a monthly basis.