What was an ad-hoc trip by a small group of friends to organise a Christmas party for children in Myanmar has become an annual initiative that has since been growing beyond its initial reach. In 2010, a group of about twenty friends were moved to action after hearing about the plight of underprivileged children in orphanages in Myanmar, particularly in Taunggyi. They decided to visit the St Anne’s Girls Orphanage, which is located in the capital of the southern Shan State in Myanmar. Run by the local Divine Mercy Sisters, the humble orphanage provides girls from impoverished families and orphans with food, education and lodging.
Realising the importance of education to break the vicious cycle of the disadvantaged, Project Micah members are committed to ensuring the girls have sufficient resources to finish complete schooling to improve their literacy skills. The group has set up a library with English and Burmanese books for the children who are eager learners. To meet other basic needs, the group also organises hygiene talks for the girls.
Moving ahead, the objective is to address the long term needs of the various orphanages and thus bring joy to other lesser-known areas in Myanmar.
Programmes and Activities
- Organises yearly Christmas party for the orphans in St Anne’s Girls Orphanage in Tuanggyi, Myanmar
- Organises talks and conduct reading sessions
- Raising funds to ensure sufficient resources for the girls to finish school and improve literacy
- Identify and addressing short and long term needs of various other orphanages in lesser known areas in Myanmar like shipping of blankets to Brother Felice Orphanage in Nyaung Shwe and St Agnes Orphanage in Kalaw where temperature can dip to as low as 8-10 degrees Celcius.
- Raising funds to address water needs of various orphanages. Built a water tank for St Anne’s Girls Orphanage