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Oct 5, 2018

Building in the rain

Starting work on the first floor
Starting work on the first floor

With the technical help of eMi Global, Health and Hope continue to make good progress on the new cyclone proof training center despite heavy rainfall.

Our team of local builders worked long hours in May to ensure the first-floor cement slab was in place before rainy season hit Myanmar. Each year these rains cut off Lailenpi, a small rural town in western Myanmar, from the outside world. Currently, telephone and internet signals are weak and the roads to the town are completely impassable by car. Because of the hard work of the local builders, work continues on site.

Over the last three months, the first-floor concrete slab has provided protection from the rain allowing the ground-floor brick wall to be constructed in addition to the stairs being built and window and door frames installed. Preparations are now being made for the end of the monsoon when the roads will open and builders can start work on roof.

We are hoping to complete the building work in March 2019, after which the training centre will be an invaluable asset as we bring hope to the poorest in western Myanmar. These facilities will allow us to continue to run vital health, education and food security projects to the most impoverished rural communities.

Thank you for your support for this project which is allowing us to envision and empower rural communities in this isolated corner of Myanmar to become thriving through self-development.

Brick laying
Brick laying
Ground floor walls, windows and stairs
Ground floor walls, windows and stairs

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May 29, 2018

Dipar's Story - Freedom to Education

The first four Freedom to Education graduates
The first four Freedom to Education graduates

“When I was young, every morning I had to carry water from the forest and grind the rice and corn. Only after that did I go to class. In the class we didn’t have enough teachers and we struggled a lot. Whenever we asked a question they could not answer and many of my friends failed grade 10. But because of Health and Hope’s Freedom to Education Project I was able to study freely and peacefully. In 2017 I was able to complete my undergraduate degree in India and from there returned to my home in Myanmar (Burma). Now my dream is to produce more educated people in the state, in the country and to be a good teacher. Thank you for changing my life upside down!”  Dipar

Dipar was born in a remote village in Chin State, Myanmar (Burma).

When she was still a young girl, she was left in charge of her siblings while her parents travelled miles away to tend to their farm. She cooked, cleaned and tried to study hard, as she knew that education was her key to break out of the cycle of poverty that she had been born into. However, despite her hard work, the odds were stacked against her.

Children in rural Myanmar face many challenges in completing their education, including a lack of trained teachers, severe poverty, natural disasters, teaching in non-ethnic languages and food insecurity. This has resulted in high drop-out rates and only 2% of students passing their grade 10 exams in rural areas. 

Dipar was one of the fortunate ones. She met Dr Sasa, and was accepted on to Health & Hope's* Freedom to Education Project (FEP).  The FEP has been supporting students from western Myanmar who carry a vision for the long term benefit of their people to pursue college and higher education opportunities. 

Dipar studied in India and has recently returned home to inspire hope the next generation of students through a new project called Education for All.

The project will address key obstacles to learning in rural areas through the provision of educational resources, a safe place to study outside of school, high quality supplementary tuition delivered in local languages and by tackling poor nutrition.

In our video interview with Dipar, you can see how education is turning lives upside down..


Thank you for partnering with Health and Hope to support the next generation of young leaders in western Myanmar. 

hank you for partnering with Health and Hope to support the next generation of young leaders in western Myanmar. 

hank you for partnering with Health and Hope to support the next generation of young leaders in western Myanmar. 

 *Health and Hope is a partnership between Health and Hope UK and Health and Hope Myanmar. Together we bring hope and development to the poorest people in western Myanmar, through primary healthcare, education and food security. Our shared vision is to see lives transformed and communities that are thriving and self-developed.

Our first Freedom to Education students
Our first Freedom to Education students

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May 24, 2018

Training Centre Rebuilding: May 2018 Update

The training centre is taking shape
The training centre is taking shape

Since our last report in March 2018, significant progress has been made on the building of the new training centre in Lailenpi, western Myanmar.

The local team have been working hard to reach their building target before the monsoon season commences in June, continuing until October. During this period, heavy rains and strong winds will hamper construction so it is important for the first floor to be in place before this time, protecting workers and allowing work to continue inside the ground floor of the building.

Over the past two months, the first-floor concrete slab has been laid and cured and the team are hoping to complete the steel columns and reinforcement work by the end of May. This will allow the building and fitting of windows, door frames and brick walls to continue on the ground floor as these activities can be done inside, below the first-floor slab.

Sufficient building materials have also been ordered and delivered before the end of May as the coming rains will block the roads to the building site in Lailenpi. Due to the remote location of the training centre it takes 2 – 3 days by truck for cement to be delivered and 3 - 4 days for the steel beams to be transported to site. The roads are of poor quality and dangerous, even during fair weather, so this makes it impossible to transport materials to site between June and October.

The Lailenpi community and workers from ten different local villages have been involved in the training centre construction project and their level of determination and growing skills are incredible, given many had little to no experience of building with concrete and steel previously. In addition to the skills they are learning during, the daily wages they receive are also helping families support their childrens' schooling, and purchase food and farming materials.

The new building is vital for the on-going health and education work in western Myanmar, providing both a big meeting hall for the delivery of large-scale training, and smaller classrooms from which to launch new education and food security projects. 

The training hall and classrooms also meet the need for a flexible accommodation space, enabling visiting health workers, traditional birth attendants, students and farmers to be hosted during training sessions.

We are so grateful for the commitment and dedication of the local community, and for your generosity in providing the funding for this essential project.  

The funding needs for this project cover essential materials required to finish the building work and will also enable further visits from the field-engineer to help develop the skills of the local community and ensure due diligence takes place during construction.

Once the construction work is complete, funds will be required to kit out the training centre with furnishings and fixtures, ready for the classrooms and library to be used by visiting students, the local and wider community.  

Thank you so much for your ongoing support,

Michelle

The first floor slab from underneath
The first floor slab from underneath
The training centre taking shape
The training centre taking shape
Shuttering by the local community
Shuttering by the local community
Laying the first floor slab
Laying the first floor slab
 
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