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Sep 12, 2019

The training centre is now in use!

Launch of Education for All in the Training Centre
Launch of Education for All in the Training Centre

We're delighted that the Training Centre is now in daily use despite there still being a few jobs left both inside and outside to complete the building. 

While the monsoon rains are in full swing, the project teams have been busy launching the new Education for All project, designed to transform the pass rate amongst Year 10 students from 30 rural villages in western Myanmar (Burma). You can read more about Education for All at this link.

Meanwhile, the construction teams are making steady progress with finishing the staffing quarters under the new roof construction.  The redesign provided a further 4,200 square feet of accommodation, allowing for staff and visitors to stay on site. This has provided a safe place away from the strong winds which have threatened to topple the original office building over the last few months. 

Once the rains have stopped, the exterior walls will be rendered and painted to help protect the concrete, make the building fully watertight and give it that finished look.

We've just received confirmation of a generous offer to equip one of the rooms of the building as an IT suite, which will arrive into Lailenpi around the same time as the first mobile data connection is turned on in the village.  This will provide a rich learning environment for the hundreds of people that attend training at the centre every year.

We are still hoping to raise around $15,000 to complete the building, which will support our work across the fields of health, education and food security in western Myanmar.  If you are able to help us reach this target, or would like any further information about the project, please contact our Executive Director on: chris.jones@healthandhope.org

Thank you so much for your support!

Education for All up and running!
Education for All up and running!
Waiting for the monsoon to end!
Waiting for the monsoon to end!
Additional rooms under the new roof design
Additional rooms under the new roof design
Staff quarters
Staff quarters
What the cyclone did two years ago
What the cyclone did two years ago
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
 
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