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Sep 12, 2019

Thank you from Miss Ramthangi!

FEP Graduate
FEP Graduate

Mis Ramthangi is a recent graduate who has benefitted from the support of Health and Hope's Feedom to Education Programme. This is her story... 

"My parents had six children, three girls and three boys. We lived in a very small village called Pasaitlah, which is near Lailenpi, in Chin state of Burma. I studied in my village from class 1 to class 8. As there is no high school in my village I had to take my class 9 and 10 in Lailenpi. As we are poor family and my parents cannot send me to a good school, I failed my class 10 in the first year. I was so hopeless when I failed. On top of that I got health problem.

As my health was not good, I could not continue my studies and I dropped out for one year. However, I dearly wanted to continue my school again but that year we faced lots of financial problem, and I had to carry food from my village weekly by foot which is 8-9 hours journey. My parents did have not enough money that year for tuition fees, or for the problem I had with my eyes. It was impossible to get a medical checkup. Later on my eye sight became worse and I could not even see the blackboard.

After struggling for a further three years I was able to pass my class 10. One side is full of happiness and another side sadness followed me because there was no money to continue to study, and as all the universities are located in the city, it takes one week to reach there and lots of money is needed for travel.

The time when I and all my family were hopeless, I heard a very good news from Dr Sasa that he wanted to help those who passed class 10 to take further study in India. I came for an interview and I was selected to be a student of Freedom to Education Project (FEP) run by Health and Hope Myanmar. All of the selected students signed and promised to come back to our country and work for our people. I have a very strong desire to work for my people and with the help of Dr Sasa I continued studying in college in Shillong, India.

After this, I was able to get a job working in a government hospital as a technician in Chin state. Without Health and Hope this would not have been possible. It is only because of the hard work and the effort of my parents and Health and Hope, that my life is beautiful and I am so proud of who I am today."

 

Thank you so much for your support of this project - it really is making such a difference! 

Sep 12, 2019

A fantastic start to Education for All!

2019 Students and teachers
2019 Students and teachers

At the end of June, the first students arrived in Lailenpi to enrol in the newly launched Education for All project. Over 100 youth from surrounding villages, who have previously failed their Year 10 exams, signed up to receive tutoring for the next ten months at the recently built Health and Hope Training Centre.

The project was piloted last year, supporting 202 students part-time, who were studying in two schools in Lailenpi town. The team focused on providing additional tutoring in English, Maths, Physics and Biology.  The Year 10 exam results are just out and there was a significant improvement...

As a result of the pilot project, 24% of students passed their exams compared to under 10% two years ago. The 2019 result means that an additional 21 students passed the Year 10 exam in comparison to 2018. Whilst the pass rate in Chin State continued to be the lowest for the whole country, students in Lailenpi achieved a 4% higher pass rate than the state average (20%), with the highest state in the country achieving 37%. For a remote rural town, this is a significant achievement, almost matching the pass rate of students from the state capital, Hakha.

The new students enrolled last week for full-time education with the first classes taking place on Monday. Dipar, one of the graduates of Health and Hope's Freedom to Education scholarship programme, is now a class tutor, supporting this project.  She wrote this short message to us during enrolment: 

"Yesterday when I was receiving the students for Education for All, unexpectedly I met one of my year 10 classmates. Incredibly, he has been trying to pass class 10 since 2010 when I was also taking the same exam.  As soon as I met him, he said to me: "I really need your help to pass my year 10". I am so touched by what my friend said to me. I really hope and pray that this project will be a blessing for many students. Please can you thank everyone for all of their support to start this project and a big thanks to all our generous donors. May God bless you all."

The first Education for All lessons taking place
The first Education for All lessons taking place
Teaching the new students
Teaching the new students
Jun 14, 2019

Volunteer doctors trip to Lailenpi

Emma, volunteer doctor, treating a burn wound
Emma, volunteer doctor, treating a burn wound

Last time we updated you on this project we were planning to launch our next training for Traditional Birth Attendants. Unfortunately, due to an escalation of fighting between the Myanmar Army and the Arakanese Army in the border regions, we had to postpone our plans until after the monsoon.

We were however, able to provide training to Area Coordinators and Community Health Workers, which focused on the management of childhood illness. This included training in emergency first aid, suturing and the management of burns. 

Emma was one of the volunteer doctors from the UK, who ran the practical training, while also seeing patients at Hope Clinic in Lailenpi.

“I was struck by how grateful all the patients were, despite me seemingly doing very little. One elderly lady shook my hand so hard I thought it would fall off!  She said she would remember my visit all her life. All I had done was look in her ears! I found it difficult to understand the depth of gratitude that the people showed, until someone explained that it was our presence that gave them hope.  Hope that their little town was not forgotten by the rest of the world and that we cared enough to come all the way from the UK to see them, besides any medical skills we could offer. The people were so generous in their appreciation, and we left the clinic with vegetables, pineapples, bananas and a multitude of eggs!”

You can read more about Emma’s trip in her blog post on our website.

The team had a tremendous time delivering the course based on the World Health Organisation's Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses.  Over the next few weeks, this course will be followed up by providing training for Health and Hope staff on care of the unwell newborn.  

Three young women who will participate in this training, have been supported by Health and Hope through six years of study and will this month graduate from university after completing their nursing degrees. After the training, they will support the delivery of the maternal and neonatal programme, in addition to working in Hope Clinic and responding to emergencies through a newly established mobile medical service.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support which has enabled the development of this programme of work. Your partnership is making a difference to the lives of hundreds of mothers and their children in the remote regions of western Myanmar. 

Area Coordinators training workshop
Area Coordinators training workshop
Practical training workshop
Practical training workshop
Graduate nurses working with Health and Hope
Graduate nurses working with Health and Hope
 
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